ZTreeWin 2.2

3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 (371 votes)


Windows (All) / Shareware; $29.95 / 13,662 downloads

ZTreeWin is a text-mode file/directory manager for Windows. It has been developed as a successor to the legendary DOS file-managers of the past, which software vendors have abandoned, in todays GUI-centric computing world.

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  • Limitations

    Yes - 30 day timeout

  • Uninstaller


  • Latest Changes

    - /Y - Automatically applied when launched from Explorer

    - Alt-F10 - /NC switch passed from ZTree for support under JPSoft TCMD

    - Alt-F10 - CO-5E moved to 5F (Search Hit offset)

    - Alt-F5 - DW - Maintain Alt-F5 specific Spell-Search

    - Alt-Graft (across drives) - Re-highlight current directory at completion prompt

    - Alt-ZLog - Ability to load v1.50+ ZLOG files

Reviews of ZTreeWin

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.2 (Mar 5, 2014)

    I've been a user of XTree, and all its successors to date, and find it to be the most easily useful file manager. Windows Explorer is no match for this wonderful program.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.2 (Mar 25, 2012)

    I have been Ztree user since its rebirth from Xtree.
    It is so powerful when you become familiar with it, that when I have to use a computer without Ztree I feel like trying to run in the mud.
    Thank you Kim, from Mexico
    Raul Hernandez

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.2 (Sep 9, 2011)

    I clung to my copy of XTree until XTree Gold came out - I didn't like the latter and continued to use XTree until it no longer worked for me. Then I found ZTreeWin and I have never looked back.

    This is an indespensable tool for IT folk, developers, and other file wranglers. That said, the basic interface is intuitive enough for the casual PC-savvy user. (Advanced commands require some digging around and might frustrate a beginner.)

    If I find a file-wrangling task I want to do, I just assume it is in there and go find it - I am seldom disappointed!


  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.2 (Mar 10, 2011)

    ZTreeWin can be best described as a much better alternative to Windows Explorer.

    It is much much faster. It has many additional and useful functions.

    Everything having to do with viewing, searching and organising (copying, renaming, backing up) files and directories work much easier, quicker and stress-free with ZTree.

    A user saves easily an hour per week just by swithcing from Esplorer to ZTree

    For one particular task (quickly viewing the contents of text files with non .txt extensions ) I saved 2 -3 hours a day.

    But you must learn how to use it first. This takes some time and getting used to. It's however time well invested.

  5. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Jan 22, 2011)

    I am glad that even though Norton bought out XtreeGold and killed it Kim Henkel created a new incarnation of it as ZTreeWin. Though I must say I never thought that Ztree was as popular as the reviews here on fileforum.

    Here is my experience with Ztree - "When All Else Fails Go To Ztree for Disk or File Management". Even though Windows 7 has about the best search feature I have experienced. When that fails it is time for Ztree because you can use wildcard characters. And if in your original search on Win& you made a syntax error you can check out whether or not you did in Ztree using wild cards.

    Some of the other reviewers here have said they cannot understand why more people don't use ZtreeWin. I think it is because those of us who were weaned on the DOS interface are very comfortable using keyboard commands. Those who arrived on the scene since may not have the keyboarding skills and might be thinking of the non-GUI text-based interface of ZtreeWin as a bit disorienting. Personally I love it and liken it to going into a technology store, and checking out stuff out in the back where they normally won't let you go.

    I would have given ZtreeWin a 5 star rating but I took 1 star off only because I would like to see one feature extended beyond what it does presently. I am referring to opening up a file's long filename, extension, date, attributes and size the long filename gets cut off and you need to keep switching back and forth between the long filename view and the file details view. Hope Kim can address this in a future upgrade.

    In my experience with ZtreeWin for over a decade at least Kim Henkel has been nothing but generous. He has NEVER demanded anything, and every time there is a major upgrade to ZtreeWin even then he has let us download the upgrade. It is only recently on the introduction of ZtreeWin 2x that he requested for a donation of $ 10. Given the degree of ZtreeWin's functionality when you are really in need and don't have time to try out a GUI file search. I count this aspect of the incredible utility of ZtreeWin as it's greatest selling point. And those tech-savvy folks who are uncomfortable with ZtreeWin's text-based interface, well they are missing out on the ability to dig deep into their hard disk.

    Thank you Kim Henkel.

Discuss ZTreeWin

  1. Jun 15, 2013 - 1:14 AM

    Using v2.4.121 I suddenly find that 'G' for global doesn't work any more.
    What gives? How do I display a large collecting of many logged files in many directories so that I can tag them for ALT copy to another drive... :((