Some time ago I wrote a popular post on Finder replacements or alternatives on OS X. In that post I recommended TotalFinder as a great addition to Finder. It added things like tabs, and other handy features. Of course Mavericks has tabs built right in (Apple finally caught on). If you’ve not updated to Mavericks (I haven’t) and you don’t want to dish out money for TotalFinder, here’s a great alternative.

It’s called XtraFinder. It’s free, and it works fine according to my use of it. I have ceased using TotalFinder and switched to XtraFinder.

Here’s a run down of XtraFinder features:

XtraFinder add Tabs and other features to Mac OS X Finder

  • Tabs.
  • Dual Panel & Dual Window.
  • Arrange folders on top.
  • Cut & Paste
  • Global hotkeys.
  • “Copy Path”, “Show Hidden Items”, “Hide Desktop”, “Refresh”, “New File”, “Copy to”, “Move to”, “New Terminal Here”, “Make Symbolic Link”, “Contents”, “Select…”, … .
  • Light text on dark background.
  • Colorful icons in Sidebar.
  • Automatically adjust width of columns.
  • Press Return to open selection.
  • Display folder item count in List view.
  • Middle-click to open folder in new window or new tab.
  • Use ⌘⌥⇧+Number shortcuts to set Label.

Here are snapshots of the XtraFinder preferences:
XtraFinder-Preferences-Tabs-1XtraFinder-Preferences-2XtraFinder-Preferences-3