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use it as a file explorer...

...but also as a thumbnail viewer!

manage known Spectrum programs...

explore compressed files as well

thumbnails & game information

batch renaming by game data

For free download click here!


ZX-Explorer is a file explorer for ZX-Spectrum emulator files, which supports (nearly all) functions you know from Windows explorer, but it also helps you to administrate your Spectrum program collection by using the great and powerful file archive database from World of Spectrum. ZX-Explorer is also a multi-functional Thumbnail viewer for your Spectrum files.

ZX-Explorer is a useful tool for the ZX-Modules project, which consists of many individual and helpful programs.


List of changes (last 12 months):

Date: Description of changes:
Feb 2013 New program version published
Jan. 2015 Bugfix: The tool "Scan for known games in folders" could not be interrupted with the <ESC> key, as promised. The key recognition worked, but the scan did not stop.
The "Scan for known games in folders" was extremely slow in reading the files. In truth, you were never able to scan more than 2000 files in a reliable time. The recursive file search algorithm has been completely renewed and a fast accessible duplicate notation list is now used, so that it takes definitely less time.
I scanned the whole WoS games archive in less than 20 minutes (on an Intel core I7 PC). For totally over 21,000 files, I would say, this is okay.
Bugfix: The file item display produced problems when thumbnails or in-zip-game-data-search is used. The item display corrupted. To resolve the problem, I had to completely renew the item display routines. Thumbnails as well as in-zip-game info is now displayed time-delayed and do not longer disturb the list scrolling and item displaying.
Bugfix: The knowledge database function "download file from source" recognized a file that is already present on the user's hard disk. But when the user changed the file name in the appearing "save file as" dialog to download the file with a different file name, it has been once again reported as being already present, even if that was not true. Now, when a file is to be downloaded to a file name that is already present, a special dialog appears that contains the function "rename", which automatically produces a unique file name by attaching a bracketed number to the file name.
The "download file from source" now can be called with the F7 key. And furthermore, the file name of the downloaded file (which probably has been renamed), is always stored in the knowledge database.
When switching from knowledge database tab to file list tab and then back, it's now ensured that the last displayed database record will be visible again.
January 2015 New program version 2.1 published. Final state for now!

Updating automatic program/game detection

If you want to update the knowledge database (game definitions) by yourself, use the auto-update function of ZX-Explorer, or if you want to perform this manually, follow these instructions:

Downloading ZX-Explorer for Windows:

Necessary files description: Files: Version state: Download here:
ZX-Explorer v.2.1 ZXExplorer.exe
Common changes ZX-Modules.chm
Jan 26th, 2015
A ready-to-use Knowledge database (zipped) 
only for new users!
knowledge.mdb Jan 27th, 2015
Referred and recommended tools:
ZX-Favourites Detected game data can be transferred to ZX-Favourites

Important note for Linux users using Wine:

Wine does not install MSI installer automatically. To install the downloaded MSI file, use the following command under Wine:

wine $HOME/.wine/dosdevices/c\:/windows/system32/msiexec.exe /i ZX-Explorer_2.1_Setup.msi