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The standard setter.

The world's fastest file manager for OS X. The world's most reliable file manager for OS X. The world's only 'Unix' file manager for OS X. Find yourself lost and frustrated with Finder? Find the alternatives too dated and too slow? Try Xfile and discover your Mac. Discover OS X 10.10 Yosemite where Xfile's speed and robustness leave the others in the dust.

'Downloaded the test drive, launched it, loved it, bought it.'
— 'AS'
'It's undeniably easy to be spoiled and after several hours the Finder feels very distant.'
— MacPro Sweden
'Xfile is without a doubt the greatest file browser ever written for the Mac. Once you start using it you will never want to see the Finder again.'
— Ankur Kothari

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This may take a moment to grasp, for it doesn't happen every day:

  • Xfile alone offers integration with Unix and Unix file system operations.
  • Xfile is a fully functional replacement for Finder or any other file browser. And it's more dependable too.
  • Xfile's executable is at most 1/100 the size of comparable products or Finder.
  • Xfile does the same job - and does it better - than the others.
  • Xfile is faster than anything you've ever seen.

Xfile is a completely Cocoa and Unix based file manager for the OS X operating system written for professional developers and system/network administrators.

It includes complete support for all Unix intrinsics including device numbers, major and minor device type numbers, inodes, modes, symbolic and hard links, sticky, SGID and SUID bits, 'chflags' flags, file generation numbers, access to all file systems (/dev, ./vol et. al.) and device mount info. It also flags HFS+ characteristics such as resource forks. It's the only file manager for the platform that, together with the Xfile System, covers all Unix and HFS+ file system characteristics on OS X.

'Xfile being able to list a folder with 2700+ items instantly is a welcome change!'
— David K
'Xfile is brilliant! I wouldn't run OS X without it now!'
— Michael D
'The standard setter!'
— Peter T

Xfile is the professional file manager for OS X. It's a 'Unix' file manager, not only because it shows you literally everything in your file system but also because it uses UNIX 'APIs' exclusively.

For IT professionals there is no other tool: to administer a file system or a network, you need Xfile.

For people wanting to learn more about their Macs, there is no other tool either.



There's no other file manager available for OS X that can manage all the 'other' file systems on your computer - fdesc, nfs, volfs, et al. And only Xfile can seamlessly integrate with ZFS, both case-insensitive and case-sensitive.

Casual users may think Finder's the best thing since sliced bread, but it's not meant to do heavy duty file management. If you need more power and control over your file system, you're going to want Xfile.

An Experiment!

Is your current 'file manager' wobbly? Slow? Unreliable? Crash-prone?

Try this as an experiment: see if you can navigate to the following path in your file system with your current file manager (Finder, SNAX/Path Finder, whatever). For a special treat, put the program in 'list mode' first - so it displays modified times, sizes, number of links, inode, mode, owner and group, et al.

/usr/share/man/man3

Could you get there? What happened when you arrived? [Click here to see what Xfile looks like when it arrives.]

There are over 9000 (nine thousand) files in that folder. Without Xfile you run into an ugly mess; with Xfile you don't notice a thing - it's all listed in less than one sixth of a second.

Xfile is by far the fastest file browser available for OS X. Comparison is futile - the program is just too fast. In fact, Xfile is not only the fastest file browser - it's the only fast one too: no more taking coffee breaks between file operations (sorry).

Xfile is also the most dependable file management system for OS X: large file operations known to repeatedly fail with Finder work effortlessly with Xfile - first time, every time.

New Experiment!


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Is your current file manager truly capable of managing your files?

Now try this as a new experiment: find out where in Finder you can create Unix hard links and symbolic links. See if you can find it on Finder's menu or in Finder's documentation.

(That's a bit unfair: Finder can't create links. You might be running Unix but you'd never know it.)

Unix file names are not unique: their inodes are. Deleting files 'unlinks' a file name to an inode; file names in completely different locations can point to the same physical file. Xfile will tell you if any files are linked in this way (and you do - you just didn't know about it until now); Finder won't.

Symbolic links run the same way as Apple aliases but use paths instead of CNIDs. Again, Finder can't create them, even though the power is there in your operating system.

Nasty Experiment!

Is your current file manager giving you complete control? Or not?

Xfile is the only file manager for OS X that's fast, robust, dependable, can manage everything in your file system, and gives you 100% complete control of your computer (and its peripherals).

'Xfile is a fantastic file browser for OS X that really puts the Finder to shame.'
— Ankur Kothari

Now one final experiment: figure out how to get Finder to copy your iPod songs back to your hard drive.

[OK that was unfair too. Finder won't (it can't) but Xfile can and will. Click here.]

Lean & Mean!

How well is your file manager constructed? How much attention to detail went into its design and programming?

The Xfile executable weighs in at less than 50 KB [sic] - Finder's executable is one hundred times that size. (The entire Xfile.app 'package' is just 124 KB on disk.)

Xfile loads instantly. It's 'responsive'. 'It just works' - and here's why.

Listing large directories - such as /usr/share/man/man3 cited above - happens in an instant, not after minutes or more (or never) with other browsers.



Refreshes are instantaneous, unlike with other file browsers out there: all changes to the file system are propagated to all instances of the application; windows get updated immediately and automatically. (No system polling.)

And unlike Apple's Finder, Xfile doesn't turn into mush or get confused when hundreds or thousands of files are updated 'atomically'*. With Xfile, with anything, 'it just works'.

Get Serious!

Spoil yourself. Find out what more and more serious users are discovering. Put some distance between you and Finder. Step up to Xfile today.

*Atomically: common file system method wherein files are written first to a temporary name and then 'moved' over their target names to eliminate the risk of file corruption. The combination of rapidly changing file names with new CNIDs and subsequent data can make Finder wish it had never been born.

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