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Mac Explorer is a file browser and management tool that brings a hierarchal navigation system to the Mac. The first ever Mac OS X file browser to offer tabbed file browsing, Thumbnail previews of pictures files and filter based file browser, Mac Explorer offers a totally new and unique file browsing experience.


  • Mac Explorer In Action: The first ever tabbed file browser for the Mac. Complete with the favorites shelf for commonly used files and applications, fast file searching from within each Explorer window and contextual menus to quickly perform various actions on selected more...

What's New

Version 5.1:
  • [FIX] You can now change the font size for the listed files and folders.
  • [FIX] You can now change the font for the listed files and folders.
  • [FIX] Minor bug fixes and speed improvements.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Ben-Marko Member IconReview+299

Nice, but there needs to be a column view.

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Version 5.1

Time for FastCommander.


Time to Crax: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/49259/crax

Mikey1963 Member IconReview+1

a little slow to startup for my liking.

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Version 5.1
Trashie Member IconComment+256

If your coming from Windows and have never used Macs before or any other Unix based file system this is a good aid to use your My Computer thinking on a Mac. You will however chuck it away after a few months when you learn finder and pick out one of the multitude of better 3rd party file managers available for OSX.

Downside they never update it which tells me sales are bad and finder is instantly a hit with new users these days.

Perhaps to niche to do well on OSX but it still works fine even if not updated for a long time.

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Version 5.0
Adonsa Member IconComment+74


The name "Macintosh Explorer" is too coincidental with "Microsoft Explorer," and "Microsoft Internet Explorer."

Mac users choose Macs over the [IBM]PC Industry Standard from a position of intelligence, and to have excellence in computing that goes way above and beyond the de-facto "industry standard." Likewise, many Mac users (myself included) prefer to distance ourselves from Microsoft and Microsoft software titles.

There are some who may rightfully disagree, but Microsoft has been our adversary for many years where Microsoft enjoys at least 95% of the market share, yet we, the Macintosh community, beat them down consistently with vastly superior software.

The software title, "Macintosh Explorer" conveys too much (imho) of a reminder of the overbearing presence of "the dark side of computing."

It's difficult to discern why a software developer would choose such a title when thousands of other excellent possibilities are readily available.


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Version 5.0

Well said, Adonsa. Nothing with 'Explorer' or 'Outlook' or any other name that reminds me of the 'adversary' on my Macs!

Zevrix (developer)

I think you're overreacting. Back in time when Microsoft released Internet Explorer for Mac, the only other alternative was Netscape... And Explorer was by far more superior and advanced browser than dreaded Netscape. So I only have good associations with the word Explorer.

Same about Outlook Express. It was a really great and intuitive mail client with truly Mac spirit. Right now I'm using Microsoft Entourage as my mail client - gave up on Apple's own Mail long time ago. To me, Entourage is way more intuitive, user friendly and Mac-like than Mail.

I didn't try Macintosh Explorer yet, but the word 'Explorer' actually makes me want to try it.


I agree with ZEVRIX, and also use Entourage. Used Outlook many years ago.
In addition, Microsoft was one of the first -if not the first- developers for the Apple platform. Excel was originally made for Apple and it was later made for PCs.


You're right, I was out of line; shouldn't have used this website to post off topic opinions. Apologies to the software developer. I tried to edit it back out but the website won't allow; so I get what I deserve on this. Won't happen again.

Flynn22 Member IconComment+0

Please help with the crashing. I love the concept, but I cannot seem to move the window around on the desktop without experiencing major delays or crashing. Is there a fix?

Product is super useful for those of us who like the folder / list display. Just wish it wasn't slow to respond.

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Version 4.5

I don't know if this will help, but you could try the beta version. Go to trybeta.com, create an account, click Browse, Utilities, File Browser, Macintosh Explorer, Download Now. Even then, in order to get the beta to work you will need to Show Package Contents on the app, and delete the Info.plist file (or edit it so that Bundle version = 4.6).

By the way, it's been in this messed up beta state for years now, with the next update always being promised to be coming out "soon". The last time I read any word from the developer on the product was at least a year ago, which I think officially makes this abandonware... It's all the more insulting because they repeatedly boast on their website about how great their support is and how often they update their products. They should either stop charging people for it or open-source it... but the way they're going about it now is just disingenuous.

JohnBols Member IconComment+9

I love it, this I was missing.

one TIP: build in the option for FTP transfers and there you are!

Thats what I miss a lot

But 5 stars

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Version 4.5

Try CRAX it's low cost alternative with FTP support.

jcdawsc5b162 Member IconComment+0

Works for me. There's a minor redrawing issue when the window is resized in 10.5.6, but I'm certainly glad this program is available, and for such a reasonable price.

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Version 4.5
tandrew1 Member IconComment+0

I have run Macintosh Explorer demo on my new iMac 24" 4gig with no problems. I bought version 4.5. Now, it quickly quits. I've re-downloaded and erased the preferences files. Doesn't help. What to do?

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Version 4.5

I should add that I am running OSX 10.5+


Please send us your crash report at http://www.ragesw.com/support/ and we will get this fixed ASAP/

easer Member IconReview+400

This could be a decent program if it had better functionality. First, it doesn't remember most of my settings upon restart. I'll get the window sized, the icons sized, etc., and upon restart, it reverts to small fonts, small icons, etc. Very annoying and useless to me. It would also be nice if the toolbar had more sensible customization. For example, if you want to add a space between items, you get to do so only once. Any other program I've ever seen allows you to drag as many spaces as needed to wherever you want. This program, however, gives you one and only one space (as well as one and only one flexible space). How does that possibly make sense?

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Version 4.5
 (Developer) Member IconDev+35

Please send us an email using the contact from at the following URL. This is probably due to you having installed a much earlier version. All you have to do is delete the Preferences and everything should work ok.

Please email me at the following URL and I will help you get this working;


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Version 4.5
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Version 5.1
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Version 5.1
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Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 58,042
Version Downloads 16,875
License Shareware
Date 02 Dec 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $24.95
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