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Directory Opus Reviews

best program directory out there without a doubt

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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


  • 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


  • 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)


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]


At a standstill

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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.


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.

Directory opus Features

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Love this app, puts explorer to shame.
i found that the following theme/Skin made it so much easier to access its full potential
KODC skin

Theme adds the following pre made buttons for this app
with a single click you can do the following

  • Advanced Rename Buttons (for files/folders names)
    - converts all Dots/Underscores to spaces
    - remove all brackets and whats inside of them.
    - Capitalise file names
    - trim/add digits/characters

  • Create New folders based on filenames

  • Easily create listing of all files within a folder

  • Send files directy to other software (daemon tools/convertXtodvd/MP3Tag)

--------too much to mention

[Edited by Mapuche, April 14]


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Just started using Dopus and I'm very impressed with its performance. It really looks and feels like solid software. it being around for a couple of decades is inviting. I've been told many times that it's the most powerful file manager out there but didn't have the chance to try it until now. I had been using XYplorer during the last couple of months. Before that, I was using Windows Explorer, Windows native file manager. Windows Explorer had been bothering me by its limitations and I found myself wanting more features very often. so I gave XYplorer a shot after reading good reviews about it and I liked it. I liked the extra features it brought, but it also had its own limitations and I found myself spending valuable time trying to figure out workarounds to make the app works as I expect. Its most notable limitation is that it is a 32-bit app. That alone is huge since I use a 64 PC and I did not want to press an extra button everytime to load the 64-bit context menu which loads annoyingly slowly. Dopus comes in 64-bit and that is a huge plus. Performance-wise, It loads just as fast as WE and XYplorer. I set it to launch on startup in the background, a feature they recommended me to check during installation to make folders load faster. As for the look of the app, it's pretty neat and intuitive. I like the compact design. I'm pretty sure the layout is customizable but I'm happy with how it comes out of the box.


no competition

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In the realm of File Managers there is no competition in the market to GP-Soft's Directory Opus. Non has such a seamless integration of FTP -Client, compressed file handling, file viewing and macro capabilities. And all very intuitive. This is UX how it is done well. I've not even began to scratch the surface of the rich macro-functionality. Personal favourite: color coding files that haven been change less than a week ago. The only way I can keep up with my editing.

As there are no real GNU/Linux alternatives I've played with fedora, gnubuntu, mint, and arch, but there is simply nothing better.

Directory Opus takes the suck out of Windows.


File "exploring" sure this is still worth using.. but for things like FTP...bah! no way jose!
'the FTP client has 1 worker and even that is slower than 1990 ftp tools that ran on a graham cracker.
Sadly the days where DirOpus was good, are over.Too much has changed and they don't care to update, in fact, they'll ban you from the forums if you ask why their program is aged and out of date in certain ways.

I asked about workers in FTP connections, I was replied to by one of the devs..and he scooped bullshit onto a plate, heated it up and served it as truth. ..and then I was blocked from forums.

Funny how Filezilla can FTP 1 file at full network speed, while dOpus trickled the data.
Then I tried uploading a wordpress install.. and dOpus took HOURS! while using 5 workers on Filezilla or Smart FTP , took minutes.

Again, dOpus had their time in the sun, now they're old, angry, arrogant, and ignorant.

[Edited by sanityinacone, March 03]

If you manage a lot of files...

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...DOpus is more than worth every penny. It is the most diverse, flexible and robust file manager on the planet. Where it shines:

Dual Pane
Mass renaming
Copy queue
FTP handling
File Search
Windows integration
Archive support

Where it lags:

Tagging/search: dependent on Windows Search which does not recognize some tagged file types
Directory Comparison: Not as fast as other file managers
Encryption: only available for archived files

Can it improve? Yes. Will it continue to improve? Absolutely. With a vibrant community and engaged developers, DOpus is tough to beat... At any price.


It just HAS what you're looking for !

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Just some more fine additions in v10.0.5.0
Check out the new feature video's for past versions too, there's tons of goodies to be found.



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Best Program


Upgrades are waaay too expensive

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I've had earlier versions of Directory Opus and it's the best thing out there. But $50 for an upgrade for a file utility is waaay too pricey. Time to find something more reasonable or just live with DO 9