File Explorer Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to File Explorer for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative 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 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to File Explorer are Total Commander (Freemium), Q-Dir (Free), XYplorer (Paid) and FreeCommander (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 24, 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.
      RemovedUser Why 2 windows in one? I just want a directory tree with a pane showing the contents of that directory.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      not contain columns for video settings (video length)
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    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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      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    4. XYplorer is a file manager for Windows. It features tabbed browsing, a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly customizable interface, optional dual pane, scripting engine, and a large array of unique ways to efficiently automate frequently recurring tasks.
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      XYplorer vs File Explorer opinions
      Almost everyone thinks XYplorer is a great alternative to File Explorer.
      I've used only the free version, and its filled of a lot useful functions and tools.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Color-coding is a can't-do-without feature once you see it in action.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    5. 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.


    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.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      3
      braydenprice30 This is an extension, a great extension, but not an alternative.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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    7. Directory Opus provides a complete replacement for Explorer with far more power and functionality than any other file manager available today.
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      Directory Opus vs File Explorer opinions
      Most users think Directory Opus is a great alternative to File Explorer.
      It has all the features that File Explorer refuses to add.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      All the FE is and much, much more
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    8. 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.

      Discontinued

      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

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    9. 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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