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File Browser#

By default, Clarisse provides its own file browser dedicated to browse, open or save files. You can alternatively decide to use the native one on Windows and macOS platforms only.

To use a native File Browser, go the Edit > Preferences... > User Interface and change File Browser to Native.

The File Browser is divided into several parts.

File Browser

File Browser

(1) Previous Folder (2) Next Folder (3) Parent Folder (4) Current Folder (5) Names Filter (6) Show Hidden Files (7) Create Folder (8) Add Favorites (9) Favorites (10) Current Folder Content (11) File Type Filter


Favorites are quick links allowing you to quickly browse folder contents. By default, you can quickly browse to Desktop, Content Directory, Project Directory or Home.

You extend default favorites by adding custom ones by clicking on Add to Favorites (8). Alternatively you can add a favorite folder by right-clicking on a selected folder in the folder list view (10) and select Add to Favorites in the pop up menu.


Please note custom favorites are saved in Clarisse configuration file.


Favorite names and paths resolve environment variables. For example you can set the path of a favorite to /$SHOW/$SEQUENCE/$SHOT/$DEPARTMENT/$USER/$REVISION/. This is very useful if you want to drive favorite path location according to an environment variable defining a project for example.

Content Directory#

Clarisse defines a global variable called $CDIR which defines the content directory which can be accessible from the file browser in the Favorites section.

It is possible to set the content directory using the File Browser by right-clicking on a folder and choosing Set As Content Directory. Alternatively, it is possible to set the content directory using the preferences panel. Go to Edit > Preferences... > Project and set Content Directory.

Project Directory#

The project directory is the parent folder of the currently opened project file. This also is the value of the global variable $PDIR defined by Clarisse.