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XYplorer

File Manager for Windows

Avg rating of 4.2 (20)| 30 comments

What is XYplorer?

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. It’s fast, light, and portable.

XYplorerFree, a free feature-limited version of XYplorer, was available until January 2017, when it was discontinued. Last version, 17.40.0100, released in November 2016, can be still downloaded at https://www.xyplorer.com/free.php

You can also use the Beta version for free: https://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4

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Thumbnails of image files in one of three fully configurable thumbnails views. Supported are PNG, JPG, GIF, TIF, TGA, WMF, PSD, ICO, BMP, and all RAW photo formats that you have CODECs for. Thumbnails support XYplorer's unique and famous Mouse Down Blow Up functionality.
Tabbed Browsing: Have an unlimited number of Browse Tabs, individually customizable and remembered between sessions, and Search Tabs, which are one-click triggers to fully customizable search tasks.
Dual Pane: Look at the contents of two folders side by side. Both panes are optionally multi-tabbed and can be arranged vertically or horizontally.
Multi-Level Undo/Redo for file operations, stored between sessions, allows you to fix today what you broke yesterday.
Color-Coding Configuration: XYplorer supports color-coding (aka Color Filters) by file names, by Attributes, by file size, by file dates and age, and by properties.
Find Files: XYplorer features a high-end search engine with tremendous power and amazing speed. It fully supports Boolean Logic, advanced pattern matching, Regular Expressions, Boolean RegExp (the Boolean combination of any number of Regular Expressions), whole word and fuzzy matching, content search (look for text strings inside files, wildcards supported), multiple location search, a Duplicate File Finder, and much more...
XYplorer supports assigning individual labels, tags, and comments of virtually any size and number to any file and folder (not just to media files).
Main interface with Tabs, Mini Tree, Tree Path Tracing, Breadcrumb Bar, Color Labels, Size Graphics, Tags, and Comments. Floating Preview to the right, with Photo Data.
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XYplorer Features

  1.  PortableXYplorer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  2.  Support for scriptingXYplorer supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
  3.  Batch Rename FilesXYplorer supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
  4.  File TaggingXYplorer can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.

XYplorer information

  • Developed byCologne Code Company
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $40 and $80.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.2 (20 ratings)
  • Alternatives88 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 30 comments and reviews about XYplorer, and it has gotten 190 likes

XYplorer was added to AlternativeTo by Reader93 on and this page was last updated . XYplorer is sometimes referred to as XYplorerFree.

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If I had to choose between The Second Coming of Christ and Xyplorer, I would choose Xyplorer. It's that good!

The author (Donald Lessau) is an eccentric and genius programmer who has gone to extreme lengths to optimize the efficiency of the code in this program, and he has released so many updates over the past 10 years I am astonished and flabbergasted at how he does it.

The amount of functionality in Xyplorer is so deep and so comprehensive, it's practically a file manager operating system. However, all features are configurable and you can disable anything you don't want, so it doesn't get too overwhelming. The important thing is that the features are in there for when you need them.

The usability of this program is off the charts! Donald has accommodated just about everybody's preferences, to the point where you get 6 different choices for the coloring scheme used to style the alternating white-gray Details mode ListView! There are practically 3 ways to do everything - so whichever way you reach for first, just works.

I can't say enough about this program other than to BUY IT IMMEDIATELY and you'll never look back. Seriously, Donald is a power user's power user, so to speak (ala "a Man's man"), so you won't find any frustrating or stupid design decisions in this software like you do with most typical software.

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McShane

I am looking for software to diversify the learning process and for students to enjoy the material they are given. Can you suggest any resources where I can get this information?

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Peter_Cartwright

I think it is better to use those services that are proven and reliable. I know this service and it works quite often with errors. My friend deals with books. He recommended me to read StoryboardThat, which has information about book creator. He says you can find the necessary information to solve many problems here. What do you think about it?

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HeWhoLikesToPlay
  
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I bought this as an alternative to the normal File Explorer. I mainly purchased it as I wanted to be able to tag files like you are able to in OSX. What I did not really know is how powerfull it really is and so much quicker and customisable.

There is a seriously powerfull scripting language incoperated that will do so many things. I have now also replaced my backup software with XYplorer as with a click of the mouse I can backup to multiple locations all from one program and save resource on the machine.

The search function is also amazing especially as you are able to save your searches to be used when required. It is also much quicker then the standard search with far more powerfull options.

Copying files is also much quicker if you use the inbuilt copy procedure. It also has an amazing undo function if you start changing things and then dont like you simply undo it.

The support is also amazing as I had a question and it was answered within a day which is very reasuring when you are going to buy a product.

I must save several hours a day using this now compared to the standard file exploere. All I can say is if you find yourself in file explorer a lot then this is well worth the cost.

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stranger46
  
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Just awesome!

  • Fair price
  • very user friendly (ex : go to Settings (F9) + "Jump to Settings" and write what you are looking for, it will perform a search in all the setting...)
  • website gives a lot of info about how to use it
  • regularly updated
  • Catalog is awesome (can be used for Favorites, and launch scripts, apps, and much more)
  • This app can make coffee! (in address bar : "::makecoffee;" :) :) :))
  • so much functions!
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Lehuga
  
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It looks good and clean but very shaky or fragile in terms of stability, even Q-Dir are better

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lian00

I don’t meet any stability problem with YXplorer. Kinda strange as the developer is very reactive and would have solved any problem you may have met. If you take a look at the forum support, you’ll see that there are rarely any question about stability.

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maximo_d
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XYPlorer has made my life easier as a developer. It's given us so much great features that I'm surprised it's so cheap (but keep it that way ok :) Please, please, please make a version for Linux. Follow the example of Sublime Text, they have Linux version as well.

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Norl
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The ability to view the files is much more user-friendly and customizable comparing to Double commander, it just like the natural windows explorer. And the ability to colorize a certain set of files is so much helpful for organizing files.

In comparison to Double Commander:: Double Commander is open source. (I like that) The viewing of files is not very good in DC, only thumbnail view, column view (detailed view), brief view. For colorizing the files, I can choose any random set of files in XYplorer, but in DC, it has to be a certain files defined by a category mask.

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lian00
  
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I used to try file explorers. I used to. Because when I?found XYplorer, I stopped to try. XYplorer has a lot of features and I don’t master them all but I’m often amazed to find an option I did not know and that covers a new need.

For me it’s the best file explorer as it can be used as a wonderful image browser. It combines the best of image management and file management. See why:

  • thumbnail listing is customizable
  • you have the best preview mode ever seen in an explorer. A preview window but also preview when hovering with the mouse, preview with one click on icon
  • want to resize?? Or do anything possible like with Xnconvert?? With scripting abilities, you can use all Xnconvert possibilities directly in XYplorer
  • tons of filtering options?: colors (by character chains, size…), instant showing when typing some letters, define colors manually, tags…
  • undo history (so handy and life saving)
  • paper folders when you can save list of files
  • catalog when you put favorite files shortcuts, program shortcuts, scripts you need…
  • handy favorite files management
  • handy directory files management (one right click to open menu)
  • drag and drop files everywhere in XYplorer to copy or move them
  • integration of Everything (very good search engine) via a script
  • very good global ergonomy
  • icon management - yes you can define an icon for sai2 files
  • batch renaming (with search and replace abilities)
  • nice global search tool

This is a listing about my needs but someone else may give a completely different list. I don’t use other dedicated image browser as they cannot compete with XYplorer for all these reasons.

What may makes you hesitate

Scripting is not easy for me but the forum is very helpful and developer answers very quickly. I always found help and helpful ressources.

I used xplorer2 for a long time as it was cheaper than XYplorer. But price formula changed so much I began to be bored and I discovered that XYplorer evolution was much quicker with great additions with each release. With a little luck, you can buy it half price for special events.

Only 32 bits program for the moment (but the developers wants to create a 64 bits version). No FTP management - so I use Raildrive for this when I need it.

So have a try with XYplorer. If you need a serious file management program, it’s an excellent tool with serious support.

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  • File Manager
  • Photo Manager
  • explorer-replacements
  • userscript
  • tabbed-manager
  • tag-based-file-management
  • find-files
  • Scripting language

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