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Xfolders supplements the Finder through its assistance of simply administrating of your files.


  • Completely for Tiger re-written cocoa application.
  • Uses the new technology of Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Full integration of the Finder, thus support of all file operations from and to the Finder.
  • Drag & Drop between both filelists and the Finder.
  • Support for all important file operations.
  • Info dialoge for simply changing the file and folder attributes.
  • Intelligent path navigators for both file lists.
  • Bookmarks & manager for folders.
  • Direct access to more...

What's New

Version 1.6: Ported to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard", Xfolders runs now on 10.4.x and 10.5.x


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Vulcan_ Member IconReview+5

the author's website is abandoned and the download no longer works

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Version 1.6
Freerider Member IconComment+1

Image viewer crashes on my mac too OS X 10.5.5
Check for updates doesn't work either.
Needs a tree view.

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Version 1.6
A J Benamu Member IconComment+24
A J Benamu

When using Image Browser, it crashes on 10.5.5, Intel Mac.

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Version 1.6
cenocre Member IconComment+110

Wow. It is hard to believe that anyone could like this program. It looks nice, but it adds an extra layer of difficulty to everything.

You end up losing most familiar commands such as command-d, command-delete, command-up/down arrow and on and on. It is incredibly awkward to navigate from disk to disk as multiple disks/partitions are not normally shown.

If you try to copy 100 items to another folder and there is a problem, you have to click on a button in an error dialog 100 times!!!!! Once for each file. Unbelievable.

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Version 1.5.1
Inflatable Mouse Member IconComment+2
Inflatable Mouse

I quit using it because it crashes continually on my system.

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Version 1.5.1
StevenJayCohen Member IconComment+51

I love this program!

Any chance of adding a search box or custom buttons to the top of the window?

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Version 1.4
amcan12 Member IconComment+7

What about "Make alias" from within Xfolders?

This is first miss I found so far just after 10 seconds of trying Xfolders and it makes it unusable for me, sorry.

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Version 1.3

Make alias: cmd-M

pluto198 Member IconComment+2

What is everyone's problem with Apple's Finder? Everyday I see a new "Finder-substitute" on here. I'll stick with the original Finder, thank you.

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Version 1.3

Apple's OS X Finder is a bit buggy and SLOOOOW (try working with a folder of more than a couple thousand files). But by far, the most annoying feature is that it drops little .DS_STORE files in *every* folder that you open. Not a major problem when working on only your own computer solely. However, they can show up in ZIPs that you create, on FTP servers when you upload and all over network drives (unless you know how to turn network writing of the DS_STORE files off via the command line or a prefs editor).


It's been awhile since this was posted, so I'll add my own comments based on Leopard's Finder. The main problems I have with it are (1) you have to constantly adjust column view widths every single time you open a new window, and (2) you are way too limited in being able to adjust font and icon sizes. This is especially true in the new sidebar. Jeez, I'm pushing age 50, and my eyes aren't what they used to be. That stuff is teeny tiny and a major strain to see.

I personally prefer PathFinder among all of the browser alternatives. It addresses both of the concerns I raised above. It does use a reasonable number of resources and may seem a bit slower on older systems. I have a MacBook pro with full RAM, so that hasn't been an issue for me. Once I played with it for awhile, I found that it had so many useful features, I could never go back to the original Finder. (Having tabbed windows in PF is also a much nicer alternative to having too many open Finder windows.)

As for XFolders itself, it seems a nice program. But if you want a really good dual-pane program, look into either ForkLift or DiskOrder. (I also have a license for that program. In my experience, you'll get far better customer support, as well as product development, from ForkLift.)

jmgriff Member IconReview+1

I like orthodox (2-panel) file-managers and was therefore happy to see that this program is being actively developed.

IMO the best file-managers can be driven completely from the keyboard. What Xfolders needs most is more keyboard shortcuts ... especially for the options in the Path Navigator contextual menu (e.g. to swap source/destination and 'Other Folder'). This applies equally to the favourites manager, where it doesn't seem to be possible to select favourites by the keyboard alone.

I suspect most of the potential users of this software don't want to use a mouse ...... ;) Look at the original Norton Commander to see what is possible.

Comparison to PathFinder is inappropriate in my view. With the dire state of the Finder, what Mac OS X needs is a fast, lean and mean application that confines itself to *managing files*. Xfolders could be that app if the user-interaction was made more efficient and intuitive.

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Version 1.2

I actually meant "Look at *Midnight* Commander to see what is possible" as far as keyboard control is concerned.


I can live without keyboard shortcuts - I do absolutely everything with multi-button mouse and use keyboard exclusively to type text and maybe copy/paste. I've been doing it since first GUI and never had any need for keyboard shortcuts.

So, please don't generalize that "most" users would prefer keyboard shortcuts.


I stand by what I said originally. I've been following the situation of orthodox file managers on OS X for a number of years (muCommander, MC in terminal, Disk Order). Many of the people interested in orthodox file managers will have previously used Norton, Midnight or Total Commander, applications that have characteristically high levels of keyboard control.

I'm not saying you shouldn't be able to use the mouse, but good keyboard accessibility would greatly raise this applications usefulness.

JimW Member IconReview+453

Tried this and did not like it. Nice interface and great idea but poor implementation. To begin with, no instructions other than shortcut key definitions. So if there are ways to get around its problems, I can't find out how to do it.

Then there is the prompting - at least for "More" and "Delete." I found no way to turn off the warnings for each and every operation. Gets really annoying when you are trying to restructure and cleanup folders to have to confirm each operation.

Finally their is the problem with "Move." I could not figure out how to move a file from the left to a closed folder on the right without first opening up the destination folder.

So if you are trying to reorganize files and folders quickly, this does not seem to be the tool to use for this.

FYI: It also crashed on me a couple of times.

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Version 1.2
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Version 1.6
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Downloads 51,191
Version Downloads 27,943
License Free
Date 31 Oct 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free