Xfe (X File Explorer) is a free, multiplatform and open source file manager/explorer for GNU/Linux and BSD systems, designed in the style of the default Explorer application of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
First of all, we should mention here that Xfe is in no way related to the Xfce project. You can think of it as a drop-in replacement for the default file manager of the desktop environment of your GNU/Linux or BSD distribution.
Features at a glance
Key features include a very fast, user-friendly, familiar and intuitive graphic user interface (GUI), two different view modes, commander and explorer, integrated image viewer, integrated text viewer, built-in RPM installer, uninstaller and viewer, support for file associations, toolbar with essential functions, statusbar to see the total number of items in the current directory and the size of the selected file, as well as auto save registry and support for up to 20 bookmarks.
In addition, the application allows users to change attributes to files and folders, mount and unmount external devices, drag and drop files in and from the main Xfe window to the desktop, create and extract archives, and enqueue multimedia files.
Among other features, we can mention an optional Trash Bin, support for color schemes, tooltips for long file names, progress bar for long file transfers, image thumbnail generation, and a right-click context menu in both the file and tree list views.
Under the hood, availability and supported OSes
A quick look under the hood of Xfe will show us that the application has been written entirely in the C++ programming language and uses the cross-platform FOX GUI toolkit for its graphical user interface.
It can be easily installed in Ubuntu or Debian-based operating systems, as native installers in the DEB file format are provided on Softpedia’s dedicated download section above for both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. The app’s source code is also available for download.