You can’t create symlinks in Finder with what Apple provides you, but you can create an Automator workflow to do so easily.
- Create a new service in Automator.
- Select: Service receives selected files or folders in any application.
- Drag a Run Shell Script action.
- Shell: /bin/bash (Even if you’re using another shell as your default shell, this script is for bash.)
- Pass input: as arguments.
- Use this script:
while [ $# -ne 0 ]; do ln -s "$1" "$1 symlink" shift done
- The result should look like this:
Alternately, you can download my finished service from Dropbox. It should be stored in ~/Library/Services.
You should now have a Make SymLink command when you right- or control-click a file or folder in the Finder:
You can even add a keyboard shortcut for it in System Preferences:
Remember: A symlink does not follow the original file if the original file moves on your hard drive.