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The best free alternative to File Explorer is Double Commander, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to File Explorer and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to File Explorer are Total Commander, Q-Dir, FreeCommander and XnView MP.

File Explorer alternatives are mainly File Managers but may also be FTP Clients or Image Viewers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of File Explorer.
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  1. Double Commander is a cross-platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.

    Double Commander 0.7.0 running on Windows 10
    Double Commander vs File Explorer opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Double Commander is a great alternative to File Explorer.

    It tries too hard to be just a Total Commander replacement. Ultimately it feels like a console interface file manager rather than a GUI file manager with a lot of simple mechanisms in modern GUI-based file managers (not just Windows Explorer!) incredibly hard to replicate.

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    not contain columns for video settings (video length)

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    RemovedUser

    Why 2 windows in one? I just want a directory tree with a pane showing the contents of that directory.

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  2. Total Commander is a Shareware file manager for Windows.

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    Most users think Total Commander is a great alternative to File Explorer.


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    Q-Dir

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    Q-Dir makes your files and folder easy to manage. Fast and easy access, with an amazing Quadro-View (4 panes) technique. You dont have to renounce the usual, Drag and Drop, all Views, and other functions of your system. No!

    Q-Dir default view on Windows 10
    Q-Dir vs File Explorer opinions
    Most users think Q-Dir is a great alternative to File Explorer.
    sharevari

    The only file manager I know that let you lay out or tile more than two columns side-by-side. Unfortunately it keeps getting caught as malware by Windows Defender.

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    Drconfused

    Having up to 4 windows for file exploration and multitab instances in each is a huge benefit to productivity when dealing with many files over a system of folders.

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  4. FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock.

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    Most users think FreeCommander is a great alternative to File Explorer.
  5. XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.

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    Vintagehotdog

    It's for photos. It works well for photos.

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  6. QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser.

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    QTTabBar vs File Explorer opinions
    This alternative is disputed. QTTabBar is still a legitimate alternative to File Explorer, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Netverse

    Just like the description says, it is an extension, not a file manager.

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    braydenprice30

    This is an extension, a great extension, but not an alternative.

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  7. Dolphin is a file manager for KDE focusing on usability. Has three view modes: Icon, Detail and it used to have Column View like in Finder (it is not available in current version due to problems with maintaibility). Supports FTP, SCP and other protocols. Highly configurable.

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    tibi97427

    Dolphin is for linux, not for Windows.

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    Explorer++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    Explorer++ is a free file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing experience.

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    Explorer++ vs File Explorer opinions
    Most users think Explorer++ is a great alternative to File Explorer.

    I enjoy this Explorer. I would say it's the best Explorer who exist.

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    Explorer++ has better features than Windows built-in file manager. Xplorer2 and XYplorer are both better than Explorer++.

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  9. Files is a file manager which leverages the latest features of the Windows platform including Fluent Design, seamless updates, and APIs which enable the performance and lifecycle behavior that users expect.

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    Lighweight and simple file explorer + tabbed navigation.

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  10. Multi Commander is a multi-tabbed file manager and is an alternative to the standard Windows Explorer. It uses the very popular and efficient dual-panel layout.

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    Most users think Multi Commander is a great alternative to File Explorer.
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