XYplorer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 70 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.80
  • Total Downloads:
    45,551
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 24, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    3.36MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    51
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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As an avid producer, I deal with a lot of files that I need to organize on a frequent basis. I'm constantly opening dozens of windows and having to resize and layer them in ways that would make the average user's head explode. Today, modern browsers support tabbed views to help users be more efficient in navigating the Internet. Isn't it about time we get a similar solution for navigating our own file systems?

Enter XYplorer, an intuitive solution to navigating and managing your files on the PC.

When you first install and open XYplorer, you'll notice that it looks like a generic Explorer window, with a ribbon of icons that you'd probably rather ignore at first glance. The ingenuity of XYplorer starts manifesting itself when you learn to understand the layout.

XYPlorer organizes your files via three panels. The far left panel displays the general root structure of your computer, and the two right panels show you two folders. Each of the tabs is enabled by whatever folder or directory is active on the left. The behavior is similar to using tabbed browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and the modern Internet Explorer. There are plenty of useful features to help maintain your sanity, like visual filters for frequently used folders, viewing recent locations, and keyboard shortcuts to speed up your management. Advanced users can also take advantage of the scripting features that remain present from the previous editions (a help file is also provided for those who wish to learn). XYplorer was designed to cater to the needs of both standard and power users. There are many different features to help you maneuver your way around your files, but its core setup remains excellent compared with the stock Explorer that comes with Windows.

This file comes with a 30-day trial, with the full version being offered at around 30 bucks. Should you get it? That depends on how long you're willing to put up with a limited methodology of managing your files. As long as you have your OS, you're stuck with what it gives you. Try out the program and see if it simplifies your computing life.

 
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5 stars

"Love it - use it daily"

November 30, 2014  |  By Gregg Holbert

 |  Version: XYplorer 14.60

Pros

Love it - use it daily

Cons

Love it - use it daily

Summary

Love it - use it daily

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5 stars

"Best alternative file management system for Windows"

November 17, 2014  |  By mamorrison

 |  Version: XYplorer 14.50

Pros

It has a plethora of valuable options. The menus are so well designed and intuitive that, although I've used XYplorer heavily for almost two weeks I've yet to have to consult the on-line documentation. That documentation, by the way, is excellent: thorough without being overwhelming, designed to facilitate access to particular topics, and there is even an extensive manual one can download in PDF from the site. It does have an awful lot of features; but because it's so well designed, users can just ignore features they don't need at the moment and/or don't want to bother learning about. I could get it doing moderately complicated file-management tasks in a very short period of time.

Cons

None so far

Summary

Windows Explorer has never been particularly well-designed; it's dorky and awkward to use. Worse, it lacks several obviously important features. Many years ago I switched to an alternative shareware file manager which was a vast improvement in every respect over Explorer. But for some reason, over the years, as the designers of this produce modified and issued new releases of, they've screwed it up in a variety of ways: removed some useful features, added some whose purpose seems inscrutable,introduced bugs and irritating reminders that pop up to not purpose, embedded in it mechanisms for upgrades and to ensure that it's used on only one machine---mechanisms that malfunction more often than they should (that is, more often than never). Having finally gotten fed up, I did a lot of research on line in search of an alternative; XYplorer was one of a handful of packages I decided to try.It only took a day or two of testing to decide that XYplorer is so good that I had no need to even try any of the other options I downloaded. Almost every time I use it, I discover new features that are useful, features I didn't even know it has. It has already earned back its (extremely modest cost) many times over.

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1 stars

"This is the worst software I have ever used"

July 05, 2014  |  By DLD-UK

 |  Version: XYplorer 14.20

Pros

I can't think of any.

Cons

It is really hard to find a file manager that make MS Explorer look good but this achieves it. The interface is a mess. I have tried repeatedly to get a simple drives view on the left, folders view in the middle and file preview on the right. I failed. I read the manual which contains virtually no screenshots. I contacted the develop who refused to answer such a basic question.

When you enter dual pane mode you expect the second pane to show a complete duplicate of the first pane. It doesn't. There is only one drive/folder pane on the left for both of the other panes. This makes using the software a complete nightmare as you are constantly i

Summary

I can find nothing to recommend this software and contacting the developer just resulted in abuse. Apparently the only support available to customer is to use a forum. I do not want to use yet another forum in order to get the software to do basic file management tasks. I thought reading the manual would help. It didn't.

For anyone looking for complex tasks like batch renaming I strongly recommend Bulk Rename Utility. Not only is it free but it accomplishes the renaming with such power and ease, something XYplorer failed to do. It takes a few minutes to learn but it is well worth it. When I got XYplorer to eventually batch rename some files it merely made me appreciate just how good Bulk Rename Utility is. XYplorer was way more complicated, much less friendly and failed to do what I wanted 99% of the time. Bulk Rename Utility worked each time with ease.

For audio file management I recommend Mp3tag. Again, this is free but is wonderfully powerful and easy to use.

With both Bulk Rename Utility and Mp3tag I have never once had to read a manual. They just work and are easy to understand. With both you can easily see the effect of any changes you make and also undo them with ease.

I cannot recommend anything about XYplorer and I found the developer hostile. Rather than answer basic questions he merely insulted me. I personally do not want to support developers like that. In my view, a developer should realize that a customer forced to ask basic questions is merely highlighting issues that need to be addressed in both the product and the manual. Such comments should be welcomed. Instead, my first question was ignored, I was then rudely referred to the forum and then told that my behavior was bizarre because I felt the software should be easier to use and that the manual should address the issues I was raising. To me, it is as basic as a photo management program that will only display the top 1/4" of any photo and the developer referring you to a forum instead of dealing with the issue. I should make it clear that I have a fully paid professional license, so I am not talking about the free version. Being referred to forum for a free product is completely acceptable.

If you want a very powerful way of manipulating files then I would suggest learning Perl. It is a great scripting language with the power to do any file manipulation you may want. There is a learning curve but once learned you are not hindered by badly designed interfaces. And again it is free, works on Linux too and is well supported by very well written books.

If you like reading loads of syntax with almost no screenshots then you might like the XYplorer manual. Personally I found it 700 pages of totally useless information and a total waste of time. Even having read it, I could not get XYplorer to display my drives, folders and files in the way I wanted them displayed. And surely that is the most basic thing you can expect from a file manager.

Don't waste your time. Even the cmd prompt is easier!!!!

Updated on Jul 5, 2014

My review got truncated. It should have said

"This makes using the software a complete nightmare as you are constantly in the wrong place in the drive/folder hierarchy for the tab you are in"

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5 stars

"Buy the Lifetime Subscription, best Bang for the Buck!"

April 30, 2014  |  By jim.peterson.77770

 |  Version: XYplorer 14.0

Pros

I have been using shell replacements since PCTools for Dos 1.0. In all my 35 years of computer experience I have never seen an application make this many incredibly useful updates EVER. If your time and money is worth anything BUY a Lifetime subscription. I did not even realize I needed some if the "what's new" updates until I used them, then I could not live without them, besides being able to totally personalize my shell I can get to, identify and move files around with little to no thought and I have a 50 Terabyte farm to manage at home!

Cons

Too Many Options? Could this be considered a Con???

Summary

This is a permanent tool in my virtual bag of tricks!!

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5 stars

"Best manager to manage the files that I know of!"

March 26, 2014  |  By Loco-78

 |  Version: XYplorer 13.80

Pros

Multi-tasking, easy and clean interface, speed, perfect replacement for Windows explorer and many other programs.

Cons

No objections to the program.

Summary

XYplorer is the best manager to manage the files I've ever used, automate and simplify my work on your computer like never before. Clear and easy user interface, easily accessible functions and many other features that make a program that is in my opinion the best manager of files on the market that seamlessly integrates with the system and can perfectly replace Windows Explorer.
His strong powerful functions and easy availability of the interface not only replace the Explorer, but also many other programs and gives us all these features in one place.
When once you try working with XYplorer will not be able to think that someday you could use a computer without it.
The program really worth buying!

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3 stars

"On the way to being a great product"

December 02, 2013  |  By benie01

 |  Version: XYplorer 13.30

Pros

A plethora of options, displays, configurations. The multitabbing is a winner feature.

Cons

Thumbnails display is still sketchy. I tried all the popular codec packages: K-Lite Codec Pack, FastPictureViewer and Icaros. Many file formats did display thumbnails (including pdf!) but I couldn't get flv thumbnails to work. If this is unimportant to you, definitely install xyplorer. For me this is an important feature so I'll be checking back in the future to see it's solved.

Summary

A great application. Once the thumbnail issue is resolved, it'll be even greater

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3 stars

"Good, Cluttered, problems"

August 22, 2013  |  By MarkBiomedical

 |  Version: XYplorer 12.80

Pros

Unlike Windows 8, it can find files. It is very complete with great options.

Cons

It returns too many files and they are hard to filter out. The interface is cluttered. It is frustrating and I want a happy experience.

Summary

This is a good product, but my company needs a great file explorer and this is not it. I will try then buy another.

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5 stars

"Fantastic Explorer with superb out of the box add ons"

March 10, 2013  |  By nsl333

 |  Version: XYplorer 12.20

Pros

Like to be able to color code files like the Mac?
Or one-click open of all sorts of files with Notepad++ without setting file associations?
Put an icon in the toolbar and the supported scripting language lets you do all that and more. I can only say Wow...
And today, after doing a clean install in one of my VM's, I found out per accident the nifty Tree Path Tracing that gives you a birds eye overview of where you are in your file structure. After 25+ years of work, your archives tend to become huge, so this really helps. Another one I found today: the floating preview. Lightweight for a quick glance at textfiles and pictures. VERY handy if you have doings with stuff like .ini, html or php files.
And then a one-click powerfilter (toggle visual filter) to quickly list only certain types of files, or big files or recent files.
Yep, organize all your favourite one click icons in your toolbar and it will save you tons of time.

Cons

None. Of course a tool like this is complex with all the possibilities. But your time investment is just once, and after that you'll have all kinds of functionality that really makes PC life VERY simple without all the right-clicks. For example, I want to keep the PDF association with Adobe, but I like the Foxit tabs of multiple PDF's. Instead of right-click...open with... etc I now have my own foxit button in the toolbar to immediately open a new PDF tab if I want to. Simple...but a big joy for me.

Summary

What a fantastic piece of software. Customization with your own user buttons, like adding colors to files like Mac, one-click changing directory icons for work in progress, or just one click open of all files in Notepad++, has a little bit of a learning curve (at least for me), but you can do it all and the scripting language has endless functionality.
I bought the life time version at the time and of course that's exceptional value for money.
I hadn't been using xyplorer that much, but getting more and more fed up with the XP explorer, I'm switching to it full time. Yeah, I'm still using XP, downgrading all new assets to it. I can blindly find my way in standard PC functionality, so I'm not interested in vista, 7 or 8. If I want eye-candy and a WOW feeling, I'll use Linux, thank you very much.
But really, buy this software, it gives you limitless possibilities, and you can also use it like a simple Win Explorer which is fine for most of the times.
Bob

Updated on Mar 10, 2013

Oh yeah, what somebody else said here: having multiple tabs instead of 20 separate open explorer windows. HOW on earth can one live without this???

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5 stars

"Outstanding!"

February 12, 2013  |  By binocular222

 |  Version: XYplorer 12.10

Pros

Developer really listen and implement users' wish. He visits forum regularly, replies to users' suggestions and incorporate good ideas into his product really fast.
A lot of innovative features: Scripting; tree path tracing; Visual filter; mini tree; branch view... just to name a few

Cons

Little control over statusbar

Summary

This is already a very powerful product but keeps on developing super fast (and in right direction, unlike Microsoft's Windows)

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5 stars

"It's Not Just For Power Users!"

January 20, 2013  |  By mistertee

 |  Version: XYplorer 11.90.0200

Pros

Excellent alternative to Windows Explorer. Solid tech-support from the developer and through the user forum. Also includes searchable comprehensive "Help" documentaion. Reasonable price considering all the benefits. Runs from an executable so does not change registry settings.

Cons

At first glance, configuration options might seem a bit complicated to some users.

Summary

Although I'm not a so called "Power User", I recognize that Windows Explorer lacks many features that would be of great value to most users. Since the CNET reviewer has done a good job of explaining the overall use of this application there's really no need to rehash it. Just suffice to say that a few hours of experimenting with the trial version of XYplorer should be enough to convince anyone of it's "must have" status. Yes, there are an almost unlimited number of configuration options available, but even at it's default (or near-default) level XY will make your computer so much easier to use. File related operations that were once a time consuming hassle can be carried out with just a click or two. Then, as you become more familiar with the configuration options you'll realize that understanding and utilizing many of the advanced features is not difficult.

I also like that the application runs from a single executable file that doesn't actually "install" anything on your computer or change registry settings. After a day of experimentation I purchasded the software and gladly made it the default file manager in lieu of Explorer. This can easily be reversed by simply unchecking the 'make default' box so no worries.

In any case, the free trial is 30 days which is plenty of time to evaluate the application and determine if it's worthwhile. Highly recommended!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.80
Version 14.80 allows you to quickly find all empty folders, and all folders containing certain files.
General
Publisher Donald Lessau
Publisher web site http://www.xyplorer.com
Release Date December 22, 2014
Date Added December 24, 2014
Version 14.80
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.36MB
File Name xyplorer_full.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 45,551
Downloads Last Week 51
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.95

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