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Making a backup is an important part of preparing your Mac for service, especially because some types of repair might require erasing or replacing your hard drive.

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Free up storage on your Mac

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The standard-setter.

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'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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Take a moment to ponder this - it doesn't happen every day:

  • Xfile offers access to all filesystems, data, operations, all of it.
  • No more 'Read-Only' and 'Read & Write' - and that's it. You get it all.
  • All your file permissions, user/system flags, and access control entries.
  • And so forth. Yet the Xfile binary... Go have a look yourself.

Xfile is a part of a complete file management system for macOS, written for professional use.
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. More user comments:

'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

For those of you keen to learn more about macOS, there's no better tool.
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.

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Try this: go to the following path (if you have it - its default location is /usr/share/man/man3).
Here's what it looks like when Xfile pulls out all the stops.
That's 10,324 files. You won't be able to get anything done there if you don't have Xfile.
And it renders pretty fast, too. To put it mildly.
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.
Xfile is also the most dependable file manager for macOS. Nontrivial file operations that fail with Finder work effortlessly with Xfile, first time, every time. (And the last documented crash was sometime back in the year 2007.)

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Now try this: find out where in Finder you can create 'hard links', 'symbolic links'; adjust user and system file flags; or edit your access control entries. See if you can find any mention of it in your documentation.
See if your system currently protects you from things like this:
Your macOS filesystem admits of six (6) filetypes. These filetypes are not compatible.
You shouldn't be able to mistakenly overwrite a folder and all its contents, including subfolders and their contents, with a wayward simple text file. Old 'MacOS' protected you, today's Finder won't. But Xfile will.

Lean & Mean

The Xfile binary weighs in at less than 50 KB (currently 46,364 bytes on Mojave). Finder's binary is 100 times that, and the complete Finder bundle is 30 MB.
So Xfile loads instantly. It's responsive. It just works. Here's why.
Accesssing monster directories like the dreaded 'man3' happens in less than a second, despite all the columns of data that are rendered, not after minutes or more, if at all, as happens with other file managers, including Finder.
Refreshes are instantaneous, unlike other file managers. All changes are propagated to all open Xfile windows.

PhD in Los Alamos

X File Format

You don't have to be a doctoral candidate at Los Alamos to run Xfile. That's the beauty of it: everything is elegant and intuitive from the get-go, eminently straightforward, and remarkably easy to use. You already know a bit of Unix? Good. Xfile will teach you more.


Mac File System Type

Further Reading
New: The ACP/Xfile Test Drive for Mojave, Catalina, and Beyond