XYplorer

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 68 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.10
File Size:
3.28MB
Date Added:
May 10, 2010
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $42.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
44,824
Downloads Last Week:
16
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

XYplorer is a versatile file management program that gives users plenty of options for organizing and maintaining their files. With both basic and more advanced features, this program is a good choice for users at all levels.

The program's interface is fairly attractive and intuitive. Frequently used functions are represented by nice graphical buttons, and other features are organized in drop-down menus. We liked that the interface is so customizable, with plenty of options for viewing and working with files. Users can view files as lists with or without details, or as icons or thumbnails. The dual-pane view allows users to work in two different areas of their machines at once, easily moving files between them, and an optional info panel provides detailed information about each file. As for features, XYplorer has plenty. Some are quite simple: users can search files, color-code file names and add comments, and create lists of favorite files and folders. More experienced (or adventurous) users will enjoy being able to automate tasks using the program's scripting feature, and we especially appreciated the crash course in scripting that the built-in Help file provides. The program seems to have been designed with the needs of both novice and advanced users in mind, and it balances these two ends of the spectrum well.

XYplorer has a 30-day trial period. It comes as a zip file, but installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users seeking an intuitive and multifeatured way to manage their files.

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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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  • 1 stars

    "Threatfire... all kinds of alerts"

    January 16, 2013   |   By jim63135

    Version: XYplorer 11.90.0200

    Pros

    don't know didn't finish install

    Cons

    Threatfire popped up an said it was wanting to change the security that would allow malware, the next screen said it was making changes that are open to viruses,popus, etc. At that point I stopped the installation.

    Summary

    Don't do it.

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  • 4 stars

    "By far the best of all"

    January 11, 2013   |   By garon3

    Version: XYplorer 11.90.0200

    Pros

    I have used a lot of file mangers,including directory opus,speed commander..etc but this one tops all of them in many ways,It really has lot's of features like undo/redo,tabbed browsing and remembers the scroll position,view mode for tabs,hotkeys can be customized to single keys for most actions.

    Cons

    Almost none

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