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Directory Opus

Directory Opus is a complete replacement for Explorer, with far more power and functionality than any other file manager available today.

  • Windows
Avg rating of 4.2 (15)| 17 comments

Directory Opus Screenshots

Dual display (vertical layout) without trees (this is the Commander style). Both file displays are in list mode, showing popup tooltip for an image file.
Single display (with tree) in tiles mode, with viewer pane displayed.
Editing the cover art for an MP3 file using the metadata pane.
Adding selected files to a 7-Zip archive. Opus supports Zip, 7-Zip, RAR and many other archive formats.
What's New in Directory Opus 12
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Directory Opus Features

Directory Opus information

  • Developed byGP Software
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $32 and $58.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.2 (15 ratings)
  • Alternatives82 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 17 comments and reviews about Directory Opus, and it has gotten 204 likes

Directory Opus was added to AlternativeTo by PugFish on and this page was last updated . Directory Opus is sometimes referred to as DOpus.

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Kagerjay
  
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I am rewriting my review again after a few months of using the pro version of this program ($100 for 2 PC liscneses roughly)

PROS (and reasons why its better than anything else in its class)

  • Best in class metadata image data preview -> you can click an image, and havei t display all the information next to it. Extremely useful if you do any sort of image editing like photoshop but don't want to use a dedicated platform for it, such as Adobe Bridge or XNview
  • Best in class metadata text preview -> You can preview contents of an excel file, copy it, without even opening up excel at all. The same is true for text files. You save a lot of time not having to open / close anything up for read-only mode previews. Useful for looking at readme.txt files, previewing word docs, etc
  • Best in class video preview -> Its got a built in VLC-video like player inside of it, so you can preview video clips. This is extremely handy if you want to compile video game clips together and need to preview its contents fast, or if you are doing adobepremierePro /or screencasts/ youtube and need to see what your video files look like very quickly
  • Allows for .EPS / PDF thumbnail previewer using outside extensions. Extremely useful if you write a lot of business docs/ spec sheets/ taxes / accounting / legal things, or if you want to preview your vector files quickly. See https://resource.dopus.com/t/free-thumbnails-viewer-for-eps-pdf-32-64-bit-and-many-more/13703/6 for more details
  • Extremely customizable. Can customize quick access toolbar up top, there's dozens of settings for shortcuts here
  • Rich extension support using javascript -> If you need batch commands with directoryopus, there is a community here for that. https://resource.dopus.com/c/buttons-scripts. No other platform supports this besides directoryopus. Some things include the ability to batch process images on par with adobe photoshop
  • Almost every standard feature you can think of (Folder treepane, FTP file support / directly using command prompt at subfolder, favorites, etc). Not much else to say here except that is supports it
  • Dockable widget support similar to desktop coral. Useful if you want to access directoryopus but don't want to view your whole window with it

CONS

  • Its pricy but you get what you pay for and your supporting future development. Honestly $100 for 2 PC liscenses is not a whole lot in how much time I save from using this
  • Its easy to pick up but figuring out how things work for first time might be confusing. Its not that huge of a learning curve but its definitely there, especially if you modify settings I suggest just going on their forum and asking questions / searching through it https://resource.dopus.com/ or the help section

COMPARABLE PROGRAMS

  • Xyplorer -> does not offer metadata preview to my knowledge
  • Total commander -> outdated
  • Clover -> Windows 10 compatability problems

Some additional things:

Their youtube videos are topnotch quality in explaining all of their rich features very quickly. I suggest checking it out here: (all features covered in suually 20 minutes or less)

https://www.youtube.com/user/Nudelyn/feed

I highly recommend this program. You aren't a poweruser until you've used this software

I also only named about half the features, there's lots more I haven't even looked into it yet or don't have a use for it

[Edited by Kagerjay, July 16]

[Edited by Kagerjay, November 29]

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A great tool, so far the best dual panel manager I encountered

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jasoncomely
  
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I've been a DO user for 5-6 years at least, and it hasn't improved much over that period of time. However, they keep charging for pricey upgrades and simply aren't worth it.

They won't be getting any more money from me.

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hced

I think the opposite: DOpus gets updated super frequently. They are quick to fix and tweak things reported by the users, their response time is the best I've ever seen. Mostly you'll get answers within 1 minute and I'm not even joking. As for improvements: first and foremost, the app has been around since stone age (early 90s) and it's pretty much complete and perfect. There are no gaping flaws or things it can't do, that other file managers can. Secondly, they DO keep adding features and tweaks that makes it even more efficient to use. In other words: the app gets updated about once every two weeks or so, and the developer response is excellent.

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comelyjason

Jason here. I'm the same jasoncomely who made the parent two-star review (lost my login credentials). I'd like to change my review. Directory Opus is excellent. I recommend it to everyone. At the time I wrote the (first) review, I was a bit frustrated at the lack of themes, but even that has improved greatly.

Directory Opus is 4+ star software and worth the investment.

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DOpus is fully customizable and has all the features one looks for in a dual-pane file explorer.

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chinobis
  
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Is it expensive? Yes. And that's pretty much the only negative I can think of. If you're a data hoarder doing lots of file/folder management stuff, this is the best there is.

Features: 5/5 without being overwhelming. Stability: 5/5 rock solid. Support: 5/5 I've been using it for decades (currently on v.11) the few times I needed support it was provided almost instantly.

Fun fact: DOpus roots are from the 80ies. JPDirUtil was the name of it's precedent it ran on Amigas.

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evernessince
  
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I've been using this app for about 5 years now. It's by far the most customizable from the massive amount of settings to completely changing the UI to your desire. I have tested out all other explorer replacements including XYplorer but none of them come close. XYplorer is 2nd IMO, which does a great job visually presenting files and folders (thanks to not using the windows shell to general thumbnails) but severely lacks in customization, at least in comparison to DOPUS. There are a lot of small QOL things that DOPUS can do that other programs cannot and you really notice those if you go back to other programs. The only downside to DOPUS is it's reliance on the windows shell for certain things like thumbnail generation, which will restrict you to a max thumbnail size of 256x256. You can get around this for things like videos in which you can use DOPUS thumbnailing but compared to windows shell + Icaros the resultant thumbs are very subpar. This is not enough to remove a star and I rate this program a 5/5 as it is currently the leader in file managers.

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JakraPup
  
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A dual-pane file manager that has good preview support. Lets me scan multiple files, identify them by preview, rename, and file them away with efficiency not matched by anything else I've tried!

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  • explorer-replacements
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