Free File Explorer Alternatives

    The best free alternative to File Explorer is Double Commander, which is both free and 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 (Freemium), Q-Dir (Free), FreeCommander (Freemium) and QTTabBar (Free).

    This page was last updated Jun 18, 2021

    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.
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      Double Commander vs File Explorer opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Double Commander is a great alternative to File Explorer.
      not contain columns for video settings (video length)
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      RemovedUser Why 2 windows in one? I just want a directory tree with a pane showing the contents of that directory.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    2. Total Commander is a shareware Orthodox File Manager (OFM) for Windows. Some features include a built-in FTP client, file compare, archive file navigation, and a multi-rename tool with regular expression support.
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      Most users think Total Commander is a great alternative to File Explorer.

    3. 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!
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      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    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. 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.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      braydenprice30 This is an extension, a great extension, but not an alternative.
      Negative comment 3 months ago


    6. 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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      Dolphin File Manager vs File Explorer opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      tibi97427 Dolphin is for linux, not for Windows.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    7. Files (Nautilus) is a file manager designed to fit the Gnome desktop design and behaviour, giving the user a simple way to navigate and manage its files.
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      Most users think Files is a great alternative to File Explorer.
      This is not for windows, and cannot replace a windows file manager.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      nautilus is for linux. file explorer is for windows
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      tibi97427 Not available for Windows
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      ab1 Many missing features like open as admin.
      Negative comment 9 days ago

    8. 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.
    9. 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.


      Last version 1.3.5 is from 2013.

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      Explorer++ vs File Explorer opinions
      Most users think Explorer++ is a great alternative to File Explorer.
      Explorer++ has better features than Windows built-in file manager. Xplorer2 and XYplorer are both better than Explorer++.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    10. Thunar is a new modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. Thunar has been designed from the ground up to be fast and easy-to-use. Its user interface is clean and intuitive, and does not include any confusing or useless options.
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