File Browser Featured

Once again, iFile, the de facto standard for emulating Finder-like actions on iOS, has some competition. This time it comes in the form of FileBrowser, a brand new free (BigBoss) jailbreak app that runs under root on jailbroken devices.

FileBrowser allows jailbroken users to browse the entire filesystem of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It lends the ability to do things like rename, copy & paste, create and delete folders, delete files, create and extract compressed files, and more.

Does FileBrowser make a good free alternative to iFile? Check out our full video walkthrough after the break for the details.

Since FileBrowser is free, it is supported by ads that appear at the bottom of the interface. I don’t know about you, but ads annoy me, especially when they’re in my file browsing utility. Sometimes the ads just pop up and take up the full screen without warning. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a way to get rid of the ads. You can’t even pay a fee to remove the ads if you want to.

Outside of the ads, the interface looks dated and rudimentary. You won’t find nearly as many options as you’ll find in a robust tool like iFile. For example, there is no .plist editing interface to speak of. Yes, you can edit text files, but the interface and the manner that FileBrowser forces you to do so is subpar. Not to pile on, but I also find that the app crashes when trying to interface with photos or do other photo related functions.

Unless you just need a quick way to rename or unzip a file, you’d probably be best off investing in iFile. It’s a one-time purchase of $3.99, comes with a free trial, and is totally worth it. Apps like FileBrowser just make me appreciate how good we have it with iFile.

What do you think?

  • John Effiom

    I tried it and switched back to iFile immediately because of the ads and the UI. I’m sure it will appeal to some people, though

  • Aviorrok

    Filza is the best

  • Jesse

    Well if you already bought iFile, just keep it. Heck even if you didn’t buy it iFile is still better in my opinion.

    • YWN

      I think Filza is better

  • Abi Manyu

    i’ve been using this for few days, since ifile and filza can’t export epub to ibook anymore

    • Brian May

      You can export ePub with Filza. Tap Edit, tap More at bottom right, tap Open In, then select iBooks. You can also do it in a roundabout way with iFile and Dropbox or Box. Just tap the file, select Dropbox for example, then Dropbox will say it can’t open it, so you tap then share button, tap Open In and then iBooks.

    • Eni

      What is epub?

      • Yunsar

        E-publication, it is a file format for ebooks. PDF files use images for pages but epub files use text and therefore can be displayed by applications in any formatting. Apple uses the epub format for their ebooks.

      • Eni

        You can download free books there? can i have the link?

      • Yunsar

        It is not a place or a store, it is a file format.

      • Eni

        aha, sorry, first time i hear for that kind of format

  • Eli Montoya

    Ifile is old news compared to filza. Since the dev isn’t working on it as much, I have been using filza. And I wish filza was first so I would have bought it first :/

  • Burge

    Ifile has been around since iPhone OS2 why because it works and it works well. There have been others and where are they now. This is updated to every new OS because the Dev knows what they are doing. Why get a copy of a trusted app when you can have the real thing..

  • Zzyzxd

    I don’t often manage file system and a simple SSH client is enough for me.

  • Dani Hayes

    It’s only an alternative if it gets constant updates like ifile.

  • KyleVPirate

    Filza hands down is mush superior to iFile, but this is a great free alternative apart of the various versions of iFile found in cracked repo sources. I wonder if Adblocker for iOS 8 blocks the ads, i shall try to see if it does which i think it will

    • arvindb02

      iExplorer.

  • Scott

    Is there a non-JB app which allows SOME access to filesystem? I’m thinking along the lines of iFunbox which works under Windows on non-JB devices.

    • arvindb02

      iExplorer

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Crashed as soon as I installed on my iphone 6 plus….Removed!!!!

  • Rodney Coleman

    Lmao… Stupid imitation for the stupid people that like android.

  • Unicorn Drank

    It looks similar to an android file manager, I’ll stick with iFile.

  • Anonimo

    I just wanted to know if that jailbreak app reads USB?

  • Utrarunner5

    iFile has years of innovation. I’ll stick with it.

  • john diaz

    WOW i hate ads!

  • mlee19841

    no search function!

  • Chocolatewe

    ew

  • James G

    Where is a good app for browsing iCloud Drive? I was hoping the JB community would step in here since the stuff from the App Store is crap and Apple hasn’t done us any service here either.

  • Tony Browning

    Is there any app that will allow you to search your iphone file system for a particular file?

  • Leslie Bee

    My understanding is that iFile is no longer supported. Filza seems a good alternative, albeit pricey at $5.99.