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Premium user here, but free version is very full-featured. The tools it in are so intelligent and intuitive. It does a better job of renaming than Windows Explorer, and handles windows and work layouts way better. A joy to use for maintaining my Plex Media Server.

[Edited by jimmiles, April 02]

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Best file browser

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XYplorer is really the best file brower I could try.
I bought commercial lifetime license in 2009 and I can't work anymore without it.
XYplorer is a poweruser tool with a lot of possible customization but everyone can use it easily.

The free version work very well with everything 99% of people need.

What is great ?

  • Multitab navigation
  • 1 or 2 planes of navigation
  • Only one instance of the program is launched (avoid stacks of windows)
  • Preview most of the files quickly
  • Save navigation
  • Highly customizable
  • A great navigation three
  • Great history system with undo and redo actions
  • Calculate folder sizes
  • Great search engine
  • Great filter system
  • Customize files and folders (with colors and stars)
  • Great launcher and favorites (catalogue)
  • Compare files
  • Edit timestamp (file creation and modification dates)
  • Preview hexadecimal view of files (for developers)
    ... and so much more ...

What it miss (and I'd like) :

  • A linux port...
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A Power User's Dream file manager - My life was not complete until I found this software

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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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So Powerfull but yet so easy

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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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Best directory management software.

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Most powerful, beautiful and useful tool.

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As much control as you want

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I've been using XYplorer for months now and haven't even touched all of the possible commands (and I may never get to them all). It's straightforward enough to use just like Windows Explorer, but with as many tricks and customizations as you could want if you want to use them. My favorite aspects are that it integrates with Teracopy, takes the place of the little freeware file renamer I've always used (one less rarely-used program to install), and the two-paned, multi-tab setup makes transferring and organizing files and folders simple. If you've ever had two Explorer windows open next to each other so you can drag between, use this instead. (It also isn't subject to the dreaded, mysterious "endless green loading bar" that's plagued Windows for years now.)

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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

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

Price

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.

Some -

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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Very promising. A flexible and very customizable file explorer, widely better than the window's native. It must be said that it's probably more suitable for advanced users. The tagging system could be a little better, because it's hard to deal with.

[Edited by nnsdtr, March 23]

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I tested several Open Source alternatives, but this one beats them all

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This file manager has everything i could expect from a good tool. The customization capabilities are absurdally elaborate (in a good way).

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XYplorer is a great tool when in the hands of a patient expert who is willing to sit down and carefully climb its steep learning curve and not be frustrated or thwarted by things as simple as altering keybinds that you've been using for years with File Explorer, or making the Quick Access sidebar a Mini Tree that does not "Auto-Refresh" despite being selected, and so does not automatically add/remove flash drives when plugged into the computer. For those of us that don't like to wrestle for days with programs to get them working the way we want, the Mini Tree should've started off looking and working exactly like the sidebar in File Explorer with the option to build upon or change all of its features in the settings. I look forward to seeing this program grow and become more user-friendly, but for now, and for me personally, it makes me miss File Explorer.

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I love it because it's what a file manager should be. The lack of anything close to XYplorer on Linux is one of the main things that keeps me on windows.

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Truly an amazing bit of software

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Gives meaning to the expression "intuitive software."

Takes an hour or so to work around, as an awful lot of options.

Price is ridiculous however, $80 for lifetime upgrades. Get real.

I won't ever learn to use the scripting engine, but I am sure many will find this invaluable.

So maybe they need a basic version at $10-15.

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Very fast loading big folders!

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I have a couple folders with tons of contents, video clips, and other files.
XYplorer were able to load up and sort by date/name/size very quickly.
Windows explorer failed me in that regard.

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disable some of the folder view options and it may work for you. We saw this before.