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xplorer² Lite

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This package was approved by moderator flcdrg on 12/22/2017.

xplorer² Lite is utterly affordable file management power.

All the shell goodies from Windows Explorer — none of the hassle! The free, lightweight version of xplorer² offers dual panes and folder tabs for efficient and trouble-free desktop file management.

  • Browse everywhere (all shell namespace)
  • Preview documents, pictures, music, video
  • Side by side views for easy file management
  • Filter and select with wildcards
  • Synchronize folders

Freeware license

This free version of xplorer² is for private (home) or academic (school and university) and general non-profit use only. You cannot use it in any commercial context, including but not limited to: corporate, office, military, government etc. All commercial users must obtain a license for the full version.

To install xplorer² Lite, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install xplorer2 --version

To upgrade xplorer² Lite, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade xplorer2 --version


  • tools\Suspend-ChocolateyInstallerURLs.ps1 Show
    function Suspend-ChocolateyInstallerURLs {
       Prevents HTTP or HTTPS calls to the default browser for URLs 
       matching a regular expression.
       This function will attempt prevent Windows from opening URLs in
       the user-defined, default web browser which are often the result
       of an application installer or uninstaller and can make a package
       be flagged as "not-silent".  All blocked URLs are logged and those
       not matching a provided regular expression can be opened by a
       subsequent call to Restore-ChocolateyInstallerURLs.
       Be sure to call Suspend-ChocolateyInstallerURLs and Restore-
       ChocolateyInstallerURLs sandwiched around a Try-Catch statement
       with the <action>-ChocolateyPackage call.  Otherwise, if the
       install/uninstall fails, future calls to HTTP/HTTPS will only
       be logged and not open for the user.
       .PARAMETER PackageName
       A name for tracking purposes.  Use the same name for
       Suspend-ChocolateyInstallerURLs and Restore-ChocolateyInstallerURLs.
       .PARAMETER Protocol
       Protocol to capture.  Must be 'HTTP' (default), 'HTTPS', or 'both'.
       Suspend-ChocolateyInstallerURLs -PackageName 'xplorer2'
       try {
       Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage @PackageArgs
       Restore-ChocolateyInstallerURLs -PackageName 'xplorer2' -regex 'zabkat.*uninst'
       } Catch {Restore-ChocolateyInstallerURLs -PackageName 'xplorer2'}
          [parameter(Position=0)][string] $PackageName = $env:ChocolateyPackageName,
          [parameter][String[]] $Protocol = 'http'
       #Get the value from here
       $userchoice = 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\http\UserChoice'
       $UCkey = 'progid'
       # save it and set the value to ChocoURLCapture
       #Then create the registry keys
       $regstring = @'
    @="cmd.exe /u /d /c "echo %1 >c:\users\master\desktop\urls.txt""
    Set-Alias -Name Block-InstallerURLs
  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageArgs = @{
       packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
       softwareName  = 'xplorer*lite 32 bit'
       fileType      = 'EXE'
       silentArgs    = '/S'
    [array]$key = Get-UninstallRegistryKey -SoftwareName $packageArgs['softwareName']
    if ($key.Count -eq 1) {
       $key | % { 
          $packageArgs['file'] = "$($_.UninstallString)"
          $ahkExe = 'AutoHotKey'
          $toolsDir    = $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
          $ahkFile = Join-Path $toolsDir 'chocolateyUninstall.ahk'
          $ahkProc = Start-Process -FilePath $ahkExe -ArgumentList "$ahkFile" -PassThru
          $ahkId = $ahkProc.Id
          Write-Debug "$ahkExe start time:`t$($ahkProc.StartTime.ToShortTimeString())"
          Write-Debug "Process ID:`t$ahkId"
          Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
    } elseif ($key.Count -eq 0) {
       Write-Warning "$packageName has already been uninstalled by other means."
    } elseif ($key.Count -gt 1) {
       Write-Warning "$($key.Count) matches found!"
       Write-Warning "To prevent accidental data loss, no programs will be uninstalled."
       Write-Warning "Please alert package maintainer the following keys were matched:"
       $key | % {Write-Warning "- $($_.DisplayName)"}
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ahk Show
    winWait, xplorer² lite 32 bit Uninstall, Do you want to remove
    ControlClick, &Yes, xplorer² lite 32 bit Uninstall
  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
    $url         = ''
    $Checksum    = '05cbb3ba141a6e4f63bf787a121ab7e96b337cf368771fd7008b5c69db5d3907'
    # silent install requires AutoHotKey
    $ahkExe = 'AutoHotKey'
    $toolsDir    = $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    $ahkFile = Join-Path $toolsDir 'chocolateyInstall.ahk'
    $ahkProc = Start-Process -FilePath $ahkExe -ArgumentList "$ahkFile" -PassThru
    $ahkId = $ahkProc.Id
    Write-Debug "$ahkExe start time:`t$($ahkProc.StartTime.ToShortTimeString())"
    Write-Debug "Process ID:`t$ahkId"
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = $packageName
      unzipLocation  = $toolsDir
      fileType       = 'EXE'
      url            = $url
      softwareName   = 'xplorer² lite*'
      checksum       = $Checksum
      checksumType   = 'sha256'
      silentArgs     = '/S'
      validExitCodes = @(0)
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs 
  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ahk Show
    winWait, xplorer² lite 32 bit Setup, ONLY for non-profit use
    ControlClick, OK, xplorer² lite 32 bit Setup

Virus Scan Results

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Zabkat


©2002-2017 ZABKAT


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
xplorer² Lite 315 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 approved
xplorer² Lite 325 Friday, September 1, 2017 approved
xplorer² Lite 586 Friday, January 23, 2015 approved
xplorer² Lite 392 Monday, June 16, 2014 approved
xplorer² Lite 377 Sunday, December 22, 2013 approved
xplorer² Lite 289 Sunday, November 17, 2013 approved

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