Mandelbrot Explorer

By James Oakley Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 18, 2011

The Mandelbrot set is a set of points that generates a particular two-dimensional fractal image. Mandelbrot Explorer lets you play around with images produced by both the Mandelbrot set and the similar Julia set. You don't have to be a math nerd to enjoy this program--it's fun to explore even if you have no idea what's going on.

The image created by the Mandelbrot set consists of a circular shape with a cleft in the right side, with several smaller circular shapes and fuzzy-looking bits attached to it. Once you start clicking on it, however, you realize that there's more to it than meets the eye; theoretically, at least, it goes on forever. Those little fuzzy dots contain all kinds of shapes and swirls, and you can click on them to magnify them to millions of times their original size. Mandelbrot Explorer has color schemes you can apply to the image, resulting in what could easily be mistaken for psychedelic art. If you like a particular fractal, it's easy to save the image or even share it on Facebook. You can change the magnification backward and forward, and advanced users can change the maximum dwell settings, add and edit color layers, and more. A thorough Help file gives an overview of the program's features in fairly accessible language, although users not already familiar with the concept of Mandelbrot sets may not gain a full understanding without some outside reading. Overall, we think that Mandelbrot Explorer is an interesting and fun program for just about everyone, whether you understand the math behind it or not.

Mandelbrot Explorer installs and uninstalls without issues.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.4

Version 3.4 is largely a maintenance and bug fix release - all users are recommended to update.


Release December 8, 2016
Date Added December 8, 2016
Version 3.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0


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Developer's Description

This Mandelbrot and Julia set explorer allows you to zoom into areas of the Mandelbrot Set and the family of Julia Sets. You can use the mouse for easy visual exploration, or you can fine-tune the areas you view using one of the Navigation Plug-ins. The images are displayed in colour, either using one of the standard color schemes, or by developing your own using the new layer-based colour engine. Parameter files and the resulting images can be saved to disc. You can also save entire series of images, using a zoom tool. Mandelbrot Explorer can be set to magnify fractals at random, choosing areas likely to be interesting.

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