FileXaminer for Mac

By Gideon Softworks Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Feb 26, 2014

Inspired by OS X's Get Info option, FileXaminer for Mac comes with powerful features such as editing the permissions table, changing ownership, and converting images. It's a premium app that also offers batch operations like editing the attributes of several files at the same time. Another handy option is the ability to edit text documents as the root user, which is particularly useful for tweaking system files.

When launched, FileXaminer for Mac lets you enable keyboard shortcuts that trigger its functions. Unlike most apps, this product has no main window; file inspection is performed either through the app's Info menu or via the keyboard shortcuts. The information panel is broken down into several categories, the default of which can be chosen in the app's preferences. Some notable features include changing the name, tags, created and modified dates; adjusting file permissions, flagging a file as locked or invisible, and generating custom icons. Images can also be converted to other formats while text documents can be edited with root permissions.

Frustrated with the limited number of options available in OS X's Get Info panel? FileXaminer for Mac can offer you more. While still less capable than a command line, this premium product allows for deeper attribute customization, including some UNIX attributes. But if you've never opened a Get Info panel in your life, this app will be of little use to you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FileXaminer for Mac 2.8.1.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.8.1


Release August 5, 2012
Date Added August 5, 2012
Version 2.8.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 2,047
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

FileXaminer's feature list includes:
  • Works with Path Finder
    • FileXaminer Hot Keys can be used with Path Finder
    • FileXaminer can be used as a Get Info helper
  • Mac OS X Label Support
  • Image Buddy - Easily resize/convert graphic files.
  • Edit text file as root - Easily edit files as the root user - useful for configuration files.
  • Authenticate as an Administrator to perform all actions
  • Create and delete system Groups (without using NetInfo manager)
  • Change UNIX permissions
  • Delete files as administrator using FileXaminer Super Delete
  • Custom icon editing
  • External icon editor support
  • Change owner and group
  • Unique privilege presets make easy work of locking down your files and folders; no UNIX experience necessary
  • Change creation and modification dates
  • Change Macintosh type and creator codes
  • Lock and unlock files
  • Set user ID, set group ID bits on files
  • Set the sticky bit on folders
  • Work on multiple files at the same time using batch mode
    • Change type/creator
    • Permissions
    • User and group
    • Lock and unlock files
    • Modify custom icons
    • Change creation and modification dates
  • Type and creator favorites
  • Recursive owner, group, and permission settings
  • Services support
  • External hex editor support
  • Dock Menu support
    • Force empty trash
    • Copy paths of Finder selection to clipboard
    • Batch Get Info on Finder selection
    • Get Info on Finder selection
  • Finder Hot Key Support
    • Copy paths of selected files to clipboard (Command-Option-C)
    • Get Info on selection (Command-Option-I)
    • Batch Get Info on selection (Command-Option-B)
  • Unmatched Contextual Menu Support
    • FileXaminer CM (Perform Get Info and batch Get Info on Finder selection)
    • Super Delete CM (delete any file or folder as Administrator)
    • Copy Path CM (copy path(s) of Finder selection to clipboard)
    • Make Private CM (lock down your files and folders)
    • Make Executable CM (set executable bit)
    • Clear Type/Creator CM (clear type/creator information)