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Xfile

The standard-setter.

I'm impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it.
 - Klaatu

The world's fastest file manager for macOS. The world's most reliable file manager for macOS. You find yourself lost and frustrated with Finder? And those 'Finder replacements' are too dated and too slow?

Discover the file manager whose power, speed, and robustness leave them all in the dust. (Yes, really.)

'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 manager 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 access to all filesystem data and operations. All of it.
  • Xfile is a professional macOS file manager - robust, industrial strength.
  • Xfile's binary 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 macOS operating system, written by and for professional developers and system/network administrators who need things to work right, first time, every time.

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 macOS.

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

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

For IT professionals - for developers, admins - there's no other tool. To manage an Apple filesystem, you need Xfile.

And for those of you keen to learn more, there's no better tool either. You get full access, like the pros.



There's no other file manager available for macOS that can manage all the filesystems on your computer: fdesc, nfs, volfs, etc. Only Xfile can seamlessly integrate with ZFS (both case-insensitive and case-sensitive) and of course with the new APFS as well.

Casual users may think Finder's the best thing since sliced bread (OK that's not likely) but Finder's not designed to do heavy duty file management anyway. If you need power and control (and who doesn't) you need 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 filesystem 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, as much as you can muster. Here's the path. Go for it.

/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. (Over 10,000 today.) Without Xfile you run into an ugly mess; but with Xfile you don't feel a lag - it's all listed in a fraction of a second - all eleven (11) columns of it.

Xfile is, by far, the fastest file manager available for macOS. Comparison is futile - the program's just too fast. In fact, Xfile is not only the fastest file manager - it's the only fast one: no more taking coffee breaks between file operations!

Xfile is also the most dependable file manager for macOS: nontrivial file operations that are 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?

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.

(OK, that's a bit unfair: Finder can't do it. 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 tells you if files are linked this way.

Finder doesn't have a clue.

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 macOS.

Nasty Experiment

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

Xfile is the only file manager for macOS 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 macOS 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 its programming?

The Xfile binary weighs in at less than 50 KB [sic]. Professional engineering. Finder's binary is 100 times that size.

So Xfile loads instantly, it's responsive. and it just works. Agnd here's why.

Listing large directories like /usr/share/man/man3 happens in an instant, not after minutes (or more, or perhaps never, as some of them crash) with other 'file managers'.

Refreshes are instantaneous, unlike with other file managers out there, and all changes to your filesystem are propagated to all open windows of Xfile.

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'.

PhD in Panic

You don't have to be a graduate of Los Alamos to run Xfile. That's the beauty of it: everything's elegant and intuitive from the get-go, eminently straightforward. You already know a bit of Unix? Good - but Xfile shows you the ropes soon enough anyway.

Download the free Xfile 'Test Drive'. Try it now. Click here.

Get Serious

Spoil yourself. Find out what the professionals have discovered. Put some distance between you and Finder.

Step up 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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