XYplorer © 2024 · File Manager for Windows


25.40.0300, released 08-Jan-2024
Windows 11, Server 2022, 10, Server 2019, Server 2016, 8.1, 8, Server 2012, 7, Server 2008, Vista, XP, Server 2003; 32-bit and 64-bit versions

XYplorer is a file manager for Windows. It features tabbed browsing, a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly customizable interface, an optional dual pane, and many unique ways to efficiently automate repetitive tasks. It’s fast, light and portable.

XYplorer with Tabs, Mini Tree, Tree Section Colors, Tree Path Tracing, Breadcrumb Bar, Color Labels, Size Graphics, Hover Box, Tags, and Comments. Floating Preview on the right, with Photo Data. (Click to zoom)
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It’s Portable

XYplorer is a portable file manager. It doesn’t require any installation, stores all its settings in the application data folder, and running it doesn’t change your system or registry. Take it with you and run it from a USB flash drive. File management to go.

It’s Tabbed

Tabs are the easiest way to move between folders. Drag them, hide them, lock them, name them, or drop files on them. Tabs remember their configuration individually and across sessions. Plus, you get tab sets and dual panes.

It’s Functional

XYplorer is designed to make you faster. Numerous usability enhancements in an attractive interface help to streamline your workflow and increase your efficiency. You will definitely save a lot of time.

It’s Scriptable

Yes, you can script this application. Custom solutions for custom tasks. No plugins needed, scripts run out of the box. Even beginners can benefit from this feature, as many ready-to-use scripts are available in the forum.

It’s Fast

Speed has always been a major design goal for XYplorer. The code is constantly optimized for performance, with zero tolerance for slowness. In addition, the application uses very little RAM, the executable is small (10 MB), and it loads almost instantly.

It’s Reliable and Robust

You can trust XYplorer. It works as intended and expected and is very hard to break. Any problems are addressed immediately and usually fixed within hours. A large community follows the development closely and constantly tests the frequent beta releases.

It’s Customizable

You can fine-tune the application to look and behave exactly the way you want. Everything from fonts and colors, to custom toolbar buttons, to file icons and program shortcuts. And every bit of it is completely portable. Even the dark mode.

It’s Responsive

Your voice will be heard and taken seriously, you’ll get immediate feedback most of the time, and your request may actually be implemented sooner than you think.

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25.40.0300 | 08-Jan-2024 | 5.3 MB
Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11
The trial is fully functional with very few limitations.

For details see Overview, Feature List, Highlights, and the Quick Start Guide. Also check out the News and the Reviews.



  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 11, Server 2022, 10, Server 2019, Server 2016, 8.1, 8, Server 2012, 7, Server 2008, Vista, XP, Server 2003; 32-bit and 64-bit versions
  • XYplorer is a Portable File Manager. It doesn’t require any installation or changes to your system or registry. Take it with you and start it from a USB stick, along with your personal configuration. File management to go.
  • Low Resource Consumption. The full package only takes up around 15MB of disk space with a <20MB RAM footprint.
  • Multilingual Support: XYplorer comes in English by default but supports many other interface languages.


  • Tabbed Browsing. Cutting-edge file management using a true multi-tabbed interface.
  • The optional Dual Pane mode spells productivity and ease of use, especially for those coming from an orthodox file manager. Learn more...
  • Introducing 6 Key Navigation, a way to navigate the whole file system one-handedly by just 6 keys. Learn more...
  • Also the Live Filter Box allows for uber-efficient keyboard navigation. Learn more...
  • Dual Breadcrumb Bars show the path of each pane and let you efficiently navigate the whole file system. Learn more...
  • Mini Tree™, the author’s favorite feature, is a folder tree displaying only the paths you have actually used. Learn more...
  • Mouse Up Show Down™ lets you jump into subfolders or open files right from a mouse-driven instant non-invasive Folder Contents Preview. Learn more...

File Operations

  • Queued File Operations with background processing. Enjoy the speed and safety of a Copy Queue. Learn more...
  • Custom Copy, an alternative copy method featuring verification, safe overwrite, detailed reporting and logging, and more. Learn more...
  • Do you regularly move files from one folder to another? Forget copy and paste or drag and drop. Make it a one-click operation with the Glider. Learn more...
  • Zip Support lets you extract archives and add files to them, including by paste and drag’n’drop. Learn more...
  • Quickly create New Items from a configurable menu, a major time saver.
  • Batch Rename using wildcard patterns, variables, and Regular Expressions. Preview included. Learn more...


  • The powerful and speedy File Search supports Boolean Logic, Regular Expressions, Content Search, and more...
  • The Duplicate File Finder quickly lists duplicate files in any location. Learn more...
  • There is also a Duplicate Image Finder. Learn more...
  • Branch View lets you see the contents of all subfolders of a folder in one list. Learn more...
  • Customizable Power Filters let you quickly focus subsets of files. Learn more...
  • Global Visual Filters can visually reduce your file system to the stuff you created this year, this month, this week, today, and much more. Learn more...


  • Tag-Based File Management supports assigning individual labels, tags, and comments to any file and folder. Learn more...
  • Color-code your files by Name, Size, Date, Age, or Attributes to quickly spot what’s important for you now. Learn more...
  • Tabsets allow you to conveniently store and load whole workspaces. Learn more...
  • The Catalog is a favorites panel on steroids, serving as launch panel, drop target, and scripts library. Learn more...
  • Paper Folders™ allow you to create virtual collections of items from different locations, store search results, or arrange photos in a permanent custom sort order. Learn more...
  • Save your Outlook or Thunderbird emails by drag & drop with "Date Sent", "Subject", "To", and "From" fields in the filename, in an order and format of your choice.


  • One-click Previews of all important image, audio, video, web, office, and font file formats. Learn more...
  • The vertical Preview Pane offers a simple one-click preview of each file selected in the file list. Learn more...
  • The Floating Preview is a sizeable preview pane separate from the main window for images and documents. Learn more...
  • The Quick Audio Preview lets you play a sound simply by mouse down on the file icon. Learn more...
  • Mouse Down Blow Up™, a unique way to quickly preview the contents of a file without opening it, is supported for thumbnails and icons, and shows images as well as text. Learn more...
  • Check out the Hover Box for a zero click preview of images, texts, folders, and archives. Check it out here and here and here and here and here.


  • Custom Columns can show you everything you can possibly show about a file. Learn more...
  • Folder Sizes and Item Counts can be shown right in the file list, as well as the Age of files. Sizes can be visualized with graphics.
  • Age Circles let you instantly grasp the age of a file. Learn more....
  • Copy Name with Path by Ctrl+P and similar useful little helpers. Learn more...
  • The Hash Values of a file can be calculated and displayed. Learn more....
  • One-click Reports on selected files, folders, or search results, including directory print in various formats. Learn more...
  • Filename Length Info. A little info bar at the right end of the inline rename box shows the current length of the filename. Learn more...


  • Custom Event Actions. You define what happens when you double-click the white space, or when open a new folder, or on many other events. Learn more...
  • Custom Event Sounds. Optionally, a variety of customizable sounds notify you when an operation is complete and if it was successful. Learn more...
  • Folder View Settings. Save and auto-restore the view settings of any particular folder. Learn more...
  • User-Defined Commands will reduce your daily routines to simple keystrokes. Learn more...
  • Scripting. Advanced solutions for advanced tasks. A power user’s dream. Learn more...


  • Dark Mode. XYplorer offers a portable, smart, instant dark mode. Just one click and the app turns dark in the blink of an eye. Learn more...
  • Portable File Associations™. Home is where your double-click is. Learn more...
  • Custom File Icons means you can define which icons are shown for files and folders within XYplorer. Learn more...
  • Toolbar. A configurable toolbar where most buttons have a specific right-click menu. You can switch between up to four sets of buttons simply by turning the mouse wheel.
  • Keyboard. Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts for nearly 600 functions. Have it your way!
  • Status Bar. Using Custom Status Bar Info you can see what interests you most in one place that is always visible.

Safety and Accessibility

  • Multi-Level Undo/Redo for file operations, stored between sessions, allows you to fix today what you broke yesterday. Learn more...
  • Wipe is a method to securely delete files and folders beyond recovery. Learn more...
  • Access Control. Control which paths can be accessed, and which file operations are allowed. A corporate feature.
  • Adjust all Font Sizes on the fly by Ctrl+Wheel, Line Heights by Ctrl+Shift+Wheel. The Toolbar supports Large Icons. All colors are fully customizable, Windows high contrast color schemes are supported.
  • The Drag Status Box™ is a color-coded information box shown at the mouse pointer when hovering over a drop target. Learn more...

Enterprise Ready

  • Server-Based Installation. The application can be installed on a server and run by any number of clients.
  • Access Control. You can fully control which paths each client can see and access, and which file operations he can perform. Learn more...
  • Tag-Based File Management supports assigning individual labels, tags, and comments to any file and folder, see here. These tags can be stored in a central database and shared between clients, making XYplorer a viable Metadata Management Solution, see Multi-User Tagging.
  • Training. Online support and workshops are available upon request.
  • Site Licenses. Site Licenses of any size are available upon request. A Mini Site License for up to 50 employess is just a click away.

Last Not Least

  • Simple key-based registration, 100% trouble-free. No DRM hassle. Customers are not treated like pirates. XYplorer does not phone home.
  • A clean and user-friendly interface, simple and elegant, makes working with XYplorer easy and intuitive.
  • You can use XYplorer on all of your computers. The license is per person, not per machine.
  • XYplorer ever since offers a true Lifetime License: Never pay again for any future upgrade.
  • XYplorer is continuously enhanced and users are taken seriously. Visit the Forum...

Feature List

Here is a list of those XYplorer features that go beyond basic file management. The arrows link to online documentation.

Feature Professional Enterprise* Release Notes
Action Log
Address Bar
Admin Settings: Access Control
Admin Settings: Multi-User Tagging, Metadata Management
Age Circles
Animated GIFs Preview
Audio Properties
Auto-Rotated Image Previews
Autosize Columns
Background Processing
Batch Rename with Preview
Branch View (Flat View)

Checkbox Selection
Click and Search™
Click and Tag
Clipboard Markers
Clipboard Viewer and Editor
Cloud Storage
Color Filters (Color Coding)
Column Layouts
Configurable Toolbar
Copy Data from Cells
Copy Distributed Items
Copy Folder Structure
Copy Path
Custom Columns
Custom Copy and Custom Move
Custom Event Actions
Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
Custom Toolbar Buttons
Dark Mode
Date Format Age
Date Format Weekdays
Details with Thumbnails™ (Thumbnails with Details™)
Directory Print
DOS Command Launcher
Drag Status Box™
Drive Bar
Drop Stacks
Droppable User Buttons™
Dropping Messages (Outlook, Thunderbird)
Dropping Text
Dual Pane
Duplicate File Finder
Exclude Extension on Rename
Edit Item Names by List
Event Sounds
EXIF Stamping
Expansion Icons
Extra Tags
File Name Length Column in File List
Filename Length Info
Find Containing Folders
Find Empty Folders

Find Files Without Extension
Find by Content
Find by Type
Find Text in Text Boxes
Flatten Folder
Flexible Width Tabs
Folder Contents Preview
Folder Size Caching
Folder Thumbnails
Folder View Settings
Font Preview
Full Screen Preview
Fuzzy Favorites
Ghost Filter
Hash Values
High Quality Image Resampling
Highly Customizable Interface
Hover Box
Icon Overlays Support
Image Columns
Info Panel
Live Filter Box
Make Coffee
Manual Sorting (Arbitrary Sorting)
Middle Truncation
Mini Tree™
Milliseconds Precision
Mouse Down Blow Up™
Mouse Up Show Down™
Move To, Copy To, Backup To
Multilingual Support
Network Server Caching
On-the-fly Font Sizing
Open Throw Away Clone
Overlong File Names Supported
Paper Folders™
Paste and Find, Paste and Go
Paste Text As Item
Permanent Custom Sort Order
Portable Devices
Portable File Icons (Custom File Icons)
Portable Tabs
Preview of Photos
Queued File Operations
Quick Audio Preview
Quick File Compare
Quick File View
Quick Select
Random Sort Order (Shuffle)
Recent Location Pins
Recycle Bin Deluxe
Replace with File in Clipboard
Restore Selection
Rich File Operations™
Safe Overwrite
Safety Belts
Scriptable Columns
Scrolling Toolbar
Secondary Sorting
Select Items by List
Selected Items to Top
Selection Colors
Selection Filter
Self Update
Serial Rename with Up/Down Key
Shell Integration
Show Folder Sizes, Calculate Directory Sizes
Single Click Open
Smart Right Click
Sort by Image Similarity
Sort by List
Sort by Partial File Name
Sort Ignores Articles
Spot & Jump
Status Bar
Sticky Selection
Support of NTFS junctions
Sync Browse
Sync Folders
Sync Scroll
Tabbed Browsing
Tag-Based File Management (Labels, Tags, Comments)
Tiles View with Photo Data
Time and Attribute Stamping
Touchscreen Mode
Tree Path Tracing™
Tree Section Colors
Tree State Remembered
Type Ahead Find (Find As You Type)
Undo/Redo (Multi-Level)
User Account Control (UAC)
User-Defined Commands
UTF-8 Preview
Verified File Copying
Vertical Grid
Virtual Folders
Visual Filters
Wipe (Erase, Shred, Secure Delete)
Zip Support
Feature Professional Enterprise* Release Notes


* All Professional licenses bought before 01-Jan-2023 have been auto-upgraded to Enterprise.