XYplorer is a tabbed file manager for Windows. It features a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly customizable interface, optional dual pane, and a large array of unique ways to efficiently automate frequently recurring tasks. It's fast and light, it's innovative, and it's portable.
Reviewing 15.50.0000 (Jul 30, 2015)
Really nice, I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. The reason is that there are compatibility issues with drag/drop and 32/64 bit applications.
Reviewing 14.50.0300 (Nov 17, 2014)
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.
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.
Reviewing 14.30.0200 (Jul 17, 2014)
Most customizable file manager that's constantly updated with useful features!
PS: aaverian works for mycommander, lol.
Reviewing 14.20.0300 (Jul 5, 2014)
Pretty god file manager, I tried all file managers available on the market.
My Commander is my favorite.
Several commenters miss the ability of XYplorer to "set itself up as default file manager."
I should make clear that this is NOT a feature of the file manager but one of the operating system. Editing the registry is necessary to make XYplorer (or any other file manager) the default file manager. However, since XYplorer is a portable application that's promoted as "not changing the system or registry" it does not offer to make this registry edit for you.
However, the necessary changes are fairly easy to do and you can find helpful information in various XYplorer online resources.
UPDATE: FYI, since v8.90.0000 a simple checkbox in configuration makes XYplorer the default file manager.