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MiXplorer: Q&A and FAQ (User Manual)

Table Of Contents:

i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (This post)
ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS (Copy Move methods, Trash option)
iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP

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i) INTRODUCTION

As well said by MiXplorer's introduction on the main thread:

"MiXplorer (Mix of Explorers) is a fast, smooth, beautiful, reliable and fully-featured file manager with a simple and intuitive user interface." created by XDA member and Recognized Developer @HootanParsa. I (IronTechmonkey) am an avid MiXplorer user and tester who volunteered to create the FAQ but I am not the/a developer.

This FAQ attempts to describe the many configuration options, file & folder operations, skinning &theming options, and additional utilities offered by MiXplorer, as well as to share some workarounds for known issues or specific usage scenarios. Please feel free to provide: additional documentation, suggestions, corrections, etc. MiX FAQ contributions can be posted in this thread and linked to the OPs or added to the OPs.

Thank you all for your input already as much of what is written here comes from exploration based your questions and answers in the main MiXplorer thread. Thanks to @HootanParsa for such a good file management utility.

Please continue to direct bug reporting and tech discussion to the primary MiXplorer thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1523691.


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GETTING MIXPLORER

There are several ways to get MiXplorer and keep it updated, each of which may appeal to different usage cases. Eg one person may just want the next stable update while another may want the very newest test version to test a particular new fix or feature.

1) Main Thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho....php?t=1523691
This is the best place to start for people who want the latest stable version, which is usually available in post 2. Even if you are going to get a newer test version (described later) it is always a good idea to check the main thread's OPs to see what version # is flagged as stable, as well as check the change-log. Note: Occasionally the change-log's newest description is for an update that has not yet been released.

2) XDA Labs. https://forum.xda-developers.com/and.../labs-t3241866
The XDA Labs Android app can be used to update MiXplorer. The MiXplorer version may not be exactly the same as latest "stable" in MiXplorer thread but this is a "stable" update track.

3) APK Mirror: DISCLAIMER: This is a repository of more versions of MiX than most people would need, but some of these builds may be helpful in some situations. If you don't have a specific reason to use a specific version available here then please use the latest release version from the OPs of the development thread (or from XDA Labs) or test the newest version posted in the thread for testing.
MiX at APK Mirror: https://www.apkmirror.com/uploads/?q=pishrodevs.

4) MiXplorer website (search for "MiXplorer website) in the main thread):
For those who are specifically testing new updates and prepared to revert or change versions if something does not work, there is a MiXplorer website where the new (and sometimes temporary) test versions might be obtained. Rather than share the link here, I encourage people interested in this to follow the main thread where it is explained. There may also be interim versions linked in various posts in the main thread.

5) APKMirror RSS Feeds:

https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/pishro...tanparsa/feed/

[inactive?]http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/hootanparsa/feed/


Note: The ApkMirror RSS feeds are considered by many to be a similarly "stable" and up to date as the main MiXplorer thread and XDA Labs but it offers less information about the development progression of recent updates.


[EDIT - Dec 19 2018 - MiXplorer on Playstore]:

As announced by HootanParsa here https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=27232

"MiX Silver a bundle of MiX with Archive and SMB2 addons and the latest language resources is uploaded in Play store as a paid app to support the development of MiXplorer. If you liked it and installed it and found a problem, please let me know. Thank you very much. "

Here is a note from HootanParsa about the hostory of M/iXplorer on Playstore https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...691&p=73870110.

Several MiXplorer Add-ons are available at Play Store for those who want to use them or just want to support development.

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INSTALLATION:

After installing MiXplorer there are some things that must be done in order to give MiXplorer proper access to storage locations and root or SU access. It is a good idea to get these things out of the way as part of the installation (or update) of MiXplorer rather than on-the-fly as you need to perform file management tasks. Here is a brief walk-through of how to give MiXplorer it's requisite permissions. This is written for Android Nougat which has more of these prerequisites than earlier Android versions so please note that things may differ across different ROMs and SU/root methods:

Do this stuff first, immediately after installing MiXplorer but before configuring it and importing skins and or settings

- At first run of MiXplorer post-installation, at prompt "Allow MiXplorer to access photos, media, and files on your device?" Select to Allow.

- Navigate to Root "/" to force first time SU permissions request. Select " allow" and "remember" (however your SU utility presents those options).

- Navigate to external SD and create a new folder. After you select OK to create the folder there should a prompt "Attention Please select Ext SD... to gain permissions". Note: In some situations you may not have to create a folder to invoke this prompt.

- Tap OK, then navigate to root of external SD, then tap Select, then you should be back at the MiXplorer folder creation dialog in which you can tap OK, then verify that the folder was created.

- If your device requires Busybox then you'll want to get that set up as well.

BUG REPORTING

- Please report bugs in the primary MiXplorer thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1523691.

- Bug reports should include. details about your device (Android version, ROM version, Root status, SU method, MiXplorer version) as well as a step by step description of how to reproduce the issue and a log taken while the issue was reproduced. There are more suggestions for testing, logging and reporting bugs in this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...67&postcount=7
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ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS

1) Primary UI Components
2) Navigation
3) Drawer (Bookmarks/History)
4) Tabs
5) Views (file folder list)


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1) Primary UI Components

The names of these UI objects may be referenced throughout documentation and are helpful to know when configuring themes (although they comprise only a small cross section of customize-able objects). Here are the names of a few primary UI components along with the specific name for their background colors in the theme configuration. To help them each item stand out a loud theme was used for the next few screen-shots, but the stock theme is used for the rest of the FAQ.

A) Status Bar: TINT_STATUS_BAR
B ) Main Bar: BG_BAR_MAIN
C) Tab Bar: BG_BAR_TAB
D) Tab Indicator: TINT_TAB_INDICATOR
E) Selected Tab: TINT_TAB_INDICATOR_SELECTED
F) Page: BG_PAGE
G) Tools bar: BG_BAR_TOOLS
H) Navigation Bar: TINT_NAVIGATION_BAR



I) Action Bar: BG_BAR_ACTION The Action Bar appears in place of the Main Bar when one or more items is selected.


J) Drawer: The Drawer can be opened by tapping Hamburger in Main Bar or swiping the Page from left edge toward right and takes it’s background color from BG_BAR_MAIN.


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2) Navigation

To navigate through folders; Tap the name of he folder you want to enter, or select a bookmark or history item. Note: Tapping the icon to the left will select and highlight the folder.

To go to the previously accessed folder:; Press back button.

To go anywhere in the path you are browsing: Tap the Location button in Main bar then tapping the part of the folder tree you want to go to.

To go to a manually entered location: Long press the Address in the Main bar then tap “Enter the path”. Note the other things that can be done from this menu: Copy path, Copy name, Enter the path, Create shortcut, Clear thumbnails cache, Properties. Note: The items in lists like this may change as MiXplorer evolves.

To search for items: Tap the search icon, then you can start typing what you want to find.
To filter the search: tap the leaning-hamburger, then select an option.
To search recursively (into sub-folders): Tap the right-angle arrow icon, then choose options and search criteria.
Regex: Regex is a fairly powerful method of using expressions (wild-cards and variables) to do searches, and can also be used for renaming files.
Harvesting information in this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=118




To change the View level of details: Tap the View button, then select an option.
To Add a file or folder: Tap the Add button
To refresh the View: Tap the Refresh button (or tap the Tab title, or tap the Location button in Main bar then tap the location).
To sort the view: Tap the Sort button (A-Z icon)







To show or hide an item flagged as hidden: With no items selected, tap overflow menu then tap "Show Hidden" or "Don't show hidden".
To exit MiXplorer: Long-press Back button.

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3) Bookmarks/History (Drawer)

To open the Drawer for Bookmarks and History: Tap hamburger in Main Bar, or swipe from the left edge toward right.

To create a Bookmark to a location on the device: Navigate to the location, then long press the Location in the Main (top) Bar, then tap "Add to...", then tap "Bookmarks"; or Navigate to one level above the folder, then long press the folder in the file/folder list, then tap overflow menu, then tap "Add to...", then tap "Bookmarks". :

To create a Bookmark to a network share, server or cloud: Open Drawer, then tap hamburger, then tap Add storage, then select and configure the type of storage. There is a "Custom" option at the bottom of the list. Here are examples of 2 common types of network bookmarks:

1) To access shared folder (SMB share) on PC or other computer on same local network.:
- Have a shared folder on a computer with file sharing and network discovery enabled.
- Open MiXplorer on device connected to same network.
- Bookmarks Drawer
- Hamburger button
- Add Storage
- Custom
- Search local
- Enter credentials
- If the search finds no shares there may be an issue with the sharing on the host or network between devices but you could try manual configuration.

2) To access an FTP Server on another device:.
- Have an FTP server to connect to.
- Bookmarks Drawer
- Hamburger button
- Add Storage
- Custom
- Enter server details (ftp://<ipaddress>:<port>, user-name password)

Notes about network and cloud bookmarks:

- When you create a connection to local network share or cloud via <Bookmark Drawer - hamburger - Add storage>, a Bookmark will automatically be created.

- Depending on the type of network location, when you browse the network location you may or may not be able to create bookmarks to locations within that tree as described above. This should work for SMB shares on a computer or folders on another Android device accessed via MiXplorer FTP and might work for others.

- When you save an off-device bookmark, some context sensitive additional configuration variables may or may not be added to the "Advance settings" field, which in some cases can be edited manually later.

To Delete or modify a bookmark: Open the Drawer, then swipe the bookmark name to the right, then select appropriate action.

To rearrange bookmarks: Open the Drawer, then tap and drag a bookmark by it’s icon up or down.





To create a custom category in the bookmark list: Open 'All files' - Tap on the search button - Recursively - Enter file-name extensions eg; *.zip|*.rar|*.txt - Press GO - Long press the address bar - Add to bookmarks.

To reset the search-all-by=type folders (archive, apk,image, video, etc) if they are gray and don't work: If you are updating from an older version of MiXplorer you may have to click on bookmark menu and choose "reset default" (which should preserve your own bookmarks) to recreate the new versions of the search bookmarks, then you can delete the gray ones.

Bookmark functions via the Bookmarks Menu: Add storage Reset defaults; Remove all, Export. Note: To import bookmarks, open the exported .micfg file with MiXplorer and select import.


To switch between Bookmarks and History : Open Drawer then tap the Bookmarks or History label in top Bar.

To clear history: Open Drawer to History, then tap mini-hamburger.

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4) Tabs

1st Tab is left-most. Last Tab is right-most. New tabs will open to the right of the active tab.

General Tab functions: These actions can be accessed via the tab menu and are context sensitive, based on Tab bar visibility and tab arrangement.
With Tab Bar


Without tab bar

Individual Tab functions: These functions can can be accessed by long pressing on a Tab when the Tab Bar is visible.

To refresh a Tab’s view: Swipe down, or tap on the name in the Tab Bar, or tap the location name in main bar then tap it again in the drop down.

To open a new tab:
- Open Bookmarks/History
- Long press on the item that you want to open in a new tab
or
- Select a folder in the main page
- Tap the overflow menu in the action bar
- Tap "Open in new tab",
or;
- Tap the Tab menu then tap "Add new tab"
or;
- When on last (right-most) tab, Swipe from right edge to left (depends on "Settings" - ""More Settings" - "Swiping in first and last...")


Save single tabs or a group of tabs (Note: "Save" may occasionally be referred to as "Pin")

To save an individual Tab be opened to a specific location at each app start
- Have only one tab opened.
- Navigate to desired location.
- Long press on Tab Title then tap "Set as default".
- Open the Tab drop-down menu, select, "Save tabs", Tap "Now" (leave "On Exit" un-selected).

To save a group of tabs (tab-set) to be opened at each app start:
- Create the tabs, and open each to the location of your choice.
- To set the default tab (to be active at app start) long press on Tab Title then tap "Set as default".
- Open the Tab drop-down menu, select, "Save tabs", Tap "Now" (leave "On Exit" un-selected).
Note: View detail level and sort order should be remembered per tab.

To have MiXplorer save the tab-set that is in place at each app close (to be opened at next app app start):
- Open the Tab menu.
- Select check box: "On Exit".

To reset tabs to whatever was last saved by 'Save tabs - Now" or by "Save tabs - On exit":
- Open the Tab menu then tap Reset tabs. Each Tab's view level and sort order should be remembered and not be reset by this action.


5) Views (file folder list)

There are many ways to configure the file/folder list views using the "View" and "Sort" buttons which appear in the Tools bar at the bottom (in the default skin and configuration). Here are a few of the more notable functions:

- "View" button - "Recursive data": When "Recursive data" is enabled (and after a refresh of the view) MiXplorer will calculate and show the quantity of items and storage space uses in sub-folders.

- "View" button - "Reset defaults": When "Reset defaults" is enabled then pinch zoom settings can be reset to default for each drive independently by going to root of drive, then selecting a view mode (eg "Detailed"). To maintain the different zoom levels disable "Reset defaults".

- "Pin" an item to top of list: A folder or file can be "Pinned" so it stays at the top of the list view regardless of sort options. To pin/unpin an item: Select it then open menu then select pin/unpin. Similarly, apps in the "Open with" list can be pinned to the top of that list by long pressing the app then tapping "Pin"

- Create a custom thumbnail: To create a custom thumbnail for a folder (which would be used when "Auto folder preview" is enabled in main settings) put the image you want to use for the thumbnail in the folder and rename it to .preview.

- Gallery style view for search folders: For the search folders which show all of a certain file type (eg Audio, Document, Image, Video), there is a gallery style view which shows all images of the designated type on the device but grouped in folders by location similar to the way most default gallery apps work. To enable this mode: Tap the "Sort" button then enable "By parent". To show all items in one list without the folders, disable "By parent"

- App, User App, System App: When viewing contents of the "App" search bookmark, tapping on Location allows choice of App (all), User App, System App. To create a custom bookmark to any of those: Tap the Location in Main Bar, then select desired view (App, User App, or System App) then long press location and "Add to" bookmarks.


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LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION
ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS
iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS

Select a file or folder: Long press anywhere on the file, or tap on the icon at the left side.

Select multiple files and or folders: Select one file or folder as described above and then select additional items by tapping on the name of each item.

Select all files and folders in the current view: Tap the "Select all" button in the tools bar, or open overflow menu and tap Select all. Note: the Select all button and the Servers button can be swapped in the Tools Bar via Settings - More Settings.

Once you have selected any item(s) the Action Bar will appear (temporally replacing the Main Bar) and will show a counter of selected items with their size, and icons for some standard actions with an overflow menu for more actions. The downward pointing arrow now offers options to expand shift or invert the selection.


There are several ways to to Copy or Move items:

Task queue Select items, then choose an action (repeat process for multiple jobs), then navigate to destination, then tap Job Queue, then select queued task.


- Individual pending tasks or all pending tasks can be cleared from the queue.

- Pending Copy tasks in the queue can be repeated to different destinations.

Drag & drop: Select some items then long press on that selection and drag. A hovering pop-up will appear indicating how many selected items are being dragged.When the the destination folder becomes highlighted, release the selection and respond to the then a “Drop files” prompt which offers a choice to copy or move the selected items.


Copy To and Move To: To copy/move files to a folder to be selected during the process; select items, open menu, tap ]Copy To or Move To, navigate to location, tap OK.

Some long file operations can be paused using the play/pause button in the task status window. Also, from there the task can be canceled or sent to background.



Delete options. There are several delete methods, the visibility of which may be context sensitive, and MiXplorer has a native "recycle/trash" feature which can be enabled in Settings - More Settings - Undo.

Normal: Deletes file “normally”. As is the case with file deletions (not Recycle or Trash) in other OS, the deletion is non-reversible but the raw data may persist until incidentally written over by other system activity.

Trash: Similar to Recycle or Trash bins on desktops. The locations (drives/root paths) where “Trash” functions may very across ROMs and devices. When "Undo" is enabled as described above the following should occur:

- Deleted items are placed in hidden folders named .recycle at the root of each drive. Don't delete those manually unless you are not using the "Undo" feature.

- In the main menu there is an item called "Undo" which shows a list of available undo items. Long press on an item in that list to see the specific files that can be restored. Short press to restore that item/group of items.

- Menu > Undo > "Remove all"; will delete all the .recycle folders and their contents from all drives (if they exist). Also nota bene: only do this if you are sure you wont need to restore anything). Any time you "Trash" something when "Undo" is enabled the .recycle folder for that drive will be recreated. If you've already disabled "Undo" in settings and still have leftover material in the .recycle folders, those folders can be deleted manually (requires "Show hidden")

- In some cases you may be able to recover items manually from the .recycle folders.

- If the trash cannot be emptied, try the following: Main Menu > Undo > Remove all, or Settings > More Settings > deselect Undo. As with manually deleting the contents of the trash/recycle folder, make sure you dont need anything from there before doing this.

Shredder: Destroys files before deleting them. Only available for certain locations. May take longer for larger selections. Deletion by this method is non-reversible and leaves minimal if any recoverable data on the drive.

Batch Delete: When you try to delete a folder as "Normal", it also takes time to clean up database, removing thumbnails, etc... . You can use "Batch Delete" to remove that folder as fast as possible.



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[LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION
ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS
iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS [/B]

FTP, HTTP & TCP Servers

FTP Server: Allows navigation of directory structure and management of files on the device from FTP client applications on other devices connected to the same local network. This might also work through a native file viewing window on OS that support it.

HTTP Server: Allows navigation of directory structure and management of files on the device through web browsers on other devices connected to the same local network. Less highly functional and less convenient than a good FTP client but does not require FTP client and can be done in most browsers. This might also work through a native file viewing window on OS that support it.

TCP Server: Allows "Send to" directly from one device running MiXplorer to the another device running the MiXplorer TCP server on the same local network, with MiXplorer TCP server configured with same parameters on both devices.

Depending on how a MiXplorer server is invoked it will present different locations as root browsing location to incoming clients.

- Server run from within MiXplorer = /Drive of the currently active tab.

- Server run from within MiXplorer from "Servers" = /Path that is assigned manually in FTP settings. This is what you would use to deliver your manually set location regardless of location of active tab .

- Server run from Widget on home screen or from Nougat notification shade without MiXplorer app running = /Path that is assigned manually in FTP settings.

To configure a server: Note: Configure server while it is not running or stop/start after and configuration.

- Within MiXplorer: "Servers" (by menu or button depending on your configuration), tap pencil icon.
- Through the notification shade (if server is running). Different Android versions/ROMs may offer "Settings" and "Stop" as part off the notification, in some cases (eg Lollipop) requiring a swipe to expand the notification, or tap notification to access server settings.

Server settings:

- Default path: The location presented to incoming client as root of FTP brrowsing when FTP server is run from widget or nougat Quick Tiles while MiXplorer is not running.

- Username: Self explanatory. The more unique the more secure.

- Password: Self explanatory. The more unique the more secure.

- Port: Assign a port manually or leave blank to use default port for given server type. Default for FTP is 2121. Default for HTTP is 8080. Default for HTTPS is 8181.

- Secure (check-box): For HTTP and TCP servers, use secure protocol.

To stop server:
- "Servers" then "Stop FTP/HTTP/TCP Server" or expand notification then Stop FTP/HTTP/TCP server, or tap widget.

To Reset all servers (make sure you know your settings and have them backed up before doing this):
- Settings - More Settings - Reset Servers

There is a breakout post with some general advise about FTP here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=152

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LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION
ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS
iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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MiX Nuggets and Settings
MiX NUGGETS & SETTINGS

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MiX Nuggets Explained here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=412
(This section is a work in progress)

- Tabs
--- Single
--- Group
--- Save (aka; pin) Tabs: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=440

- File Management

- Automated Intents (Tasker etc)
--- COPY with Tasker, Automagic and...: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=422
--- Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and... :https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=424

- Bookmarks to Network Locations
--- SMB share on other device.
--- FTP server on other device.
--- Cloud

- Servers
--- FTP
--- HTTP
--- TCP Server: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=421

- Autotag: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=420

- Merging Text (txt) files: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=480

- How to create a language package? (for translators): https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=469


- Settings
- View, Sort,
- Navigation
- Search
- Initial permissions
- Export/import Settings
- Custom search bookmark
- Custom folder preview icon
- Expanded description of "Button" menu configuration.
- App backups
- Archive management.
- File/Folder details
- "Allow Root" setting.
- General Settings update.
- Description of available plug-ins.
- Alternate way to reset settings: Same as with with most apps - clear the cache and data.
- Advanced search options and regex: Harvesting information in this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=118
- Themes: How to create, backup, save, and share themes.
- MiXplorer Media Viewer usage description:
- MiXplorer Editor usage description:
- Description of each customize-able item in skins.


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1) Plug-Ins/Add-Ons

- (WIP)

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2) Settings:

- To go to the Settings home screen: Overflow menu - Settings. From here you can access configurations panels for Theme, Skin, Language, Add-on, Buttons, More Settings. Buttons and More settings are where the bulk of the settings live.

- To configure Menus: go to overflow menu - "Settings" - "Buttons"
- To configure app settings : Overflow menu - "Settings" - "More Settings"

Here is a list of the settings:

- Full filenames: This is enables full filenames, primarily for grid views. It also worked for list views but since list views can accommodate much longer file names the name would have to be very long before this setting is needed.
- Swiping in first and last tabs: While on last (rightmost) tab, swiping toward right will open new tab. While on first (leftmost) tab, swiping toward right will open drawer without having to start swipe near left edge.
- Update media store Send an update commandtto media sstore after each operation.
- Pause thumbnails loader: Disable loading thumbnails while scrolling, to improve performance.
- Merge Tasks: When enabled, offers option to merge (mix with) or create new tasks when multiple copy, move, archive, encrypt, decrypt operations are queued. The merged tasks can all be run at once from one item in the queue.
- Auto folder preview: Creates icon preview on Folder icons to represent folder contents such as: Video, Picture, APK, etc.
- Transition by scroll: Dynamically hides Tab and tools bars when scrolling down.
- Folder name: Show only folder name (as opposed to showing full path) in Address Bar.
- Split action bar: Enable 2-line Action Bar in portrait mode. In portrait mode, when files/folders are selected, this gives one-tap access to "Rename" and "Properties" but loses the ability to do Tools Bar functions.
- Startup lock: Require password to open MiXplorer. Prompt to create password will be invoke at next app run.
- Dual panel: Show 2 panels in landscape mode. Panels are independently scroll-able. Files can be dragged from one panel to the other.
- Bottom bar: Show the top bar at bottom.
- Tab bar: Show or hide the Tab Bar.
- Tool bar: Show or hide the Tools Bar
- Swipe to refresh: Enable swipe down to refresh file list view.
- File extension: Show file extension.
- Fixed drawer: Fix bookmarks drawer in landscape mode.
- Enable OTG: Custom driver for OTG.
- Select by icon: Enables selecting files y single tapping icon in list view modes.
- Last modified time: Keep the last modified time of the copied file for rooted devices.
- Numeric date: Show date and time in numeric format.
- Disable history: Disables browsing history.
- Disable animations: Disables file list animations.
- Force overwrite: Overwrite files with same name (only network).
- Undo: Enable trash and undoing some of the operations.
- Fixed encryption key: The save encryption data in the exported settings can be decrypted in different device or ROM.
- Cache thumbnails: Enable to cache thumnails on disk.
- Logging: Enable logging: More details about logging in "Bug reporting, Troubleshooting" section https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...67&postcount=7
- Reset All. Resets all settings.
- Reset Associations: Reset file associations.
- Reset Servers: Reset FTP, HTTP, TCP server configurations.
- Reset Password: Reset password.
- Export: Exports settings to a .micfg file in the root of SD card. The settings file will include all of the aforementioned settings as well as tab arrangements, server configurations, bookmarks, and skins. To import settings; open .micfg file in MiXplorer and select “import”.

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i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION
ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS
iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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vi. SKINS and THEMES

Note: Thanks @FatalBulletHit for the excellent materiel and re-write of this post.

There are 2 ways to change the look of the MiXplorer UI: Skins, and Themes.

Skins:

- Skins primarily involve the colours of various elements, font parameters (eg bold/normal), icon parameters (eg round/square). There are many elements to keep track of but this is all accessible through the MiXplorer UI. Modifying skins can be done within the MiXplorer app by going to: 3 Dot menu > Settings > Skin. Until you learn the various elements, testing small changes incrementally may be advisable and is a good way to explore. eg Make one element bright red then check the UI to see what changed. Lather, rinse, repeat with different elements.

Skins may be uploaded or downloaded from the Skins gallery (where there are instructions about how to upload your own skin and apply skins). http://gallery.asymmetrics.nl/index....NWZjYzE2ZjI3Yg. There are many nice user contributed skins in this gallery. There may be others shared in various posts in the MiXplorer threads.

To select a skin: Settings - Skin - <select skin>
To create new skin (based on default skin): Settings - Skins - Add - New
To modify an existing skin: Settings - Skins - <pencil> - Edit

Skin documentation: You can find a somewhat in depth documentation by @FatalBulletHit in this FAQ post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=733.
Preview:
Skin Creation Overview (Alpha Border) - Preview

To save a new or modified skin:
- To save a skin for the first time: Tap "save" then enter the name of the skin and the author.
- To save after modifying an existing skin, tap save (name/author will not be requested again.)

To export skin (2 ways):
- Settings - Skins - <pencil> - Export - clipboard.
This exports the skin to clipboard. The clipboard contents can be pasted into a text file and saved, or pasted into a new MiXplorer installation.

or

- Settings - Skins - <pencil> - Export - micfg
This saves the skin as an importable .micfg file.

To install skin (2 ways):
- Copy skin values from a text file into buffer, or have them in buffer from previous export to clipboard.
- Settings - Skins - Add - Clipboard

or

- Navigate to and select a <skinname>.micfg file than select "Import"

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Themes

- Themes yield an even wider range of potential UI changes which are made by modifying the actual resources (files and other graphic aspects) with which the UI is constructed and displayed during use. Creating themes requires some understanding about the resources themselves and how to perform some intermediate file management tasks but it is not very hard to do.

- Custom can be found and discussed a few places (and as with any other MiX discussion is welcome here as well):

@djdarkknight96's thread:
Announced here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=25259
Direct link here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...45&postcount=1

@TerrorFlatRider's thread:
Announced here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=25262
Direct link here: [Themes] MiXplorer Themes by TerrorFlatRider; https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=25262

Themes from Vladimir:
Announced here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=26780
Direct link here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...T_f2K86uVho7pU

Sample theme which could be used as a template. https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=25049

To install a Theme: Open MiXplorer (must be MiX, not other file manager) > tap theme mit file > tap import.
To remove/revert theme to default: Settings > More Settings > Reset > Theme.

Note: When installing or installing themes it is best to first revert to the default skin as well.


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LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION
ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS
iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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Bug Reporting:
Please report bugs in the primary MiXplorer thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1523691.

Bug reports should come from the newest version of the app, and Bug reports should include. details about your device (Android version, ROM version, Root status, SU method, MiXplorer version) as well as a step by step description of how to reproduce the issue and a log taken while the issue was reproduce.

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MiXplorer's Built-in Logging:

[I]MiXplorer has a native logging feature. If logging is enabled (as it is by default) then the most efficient and the recommended way to do it is the following:

- After crash or after experiencing issue,
- Open MiXplorer
- 3-dots menu
- Send log.

If you have disabled logging in the past, or you if are diagnosing more complicated issues or if you will be reviewing the logs yourself before sending. Here is a manual method that some people use:

- Enable MiXplorer logging.
- Close MiXplorer.
- Open MiXplorer.
- Reproduce the issue.
- Close MiXplorer.
- The logs should be in /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.mixplorer/cache/log/ (The path may vary slightly depending on ROM).
- Use alternative file manager (just for this ;)) to get most recent log in folder.
- If using MiXplorer to get the log manually, then make sure to get the log for the previous MiXplorer session rather than the one for the current session.

Testing and Logging Notes:

- Reproduce and log issues in a new session of MiXplorer that was started after logging has been enabled. In other words: Enable logging, then close MiXplorer, then start MiXplorer to reproduce the issue and send the log. A new log is created each time you open MiXplorer. Note: - In some cases it is recommended to test the issue in a clean installation of MiXplorer (after uninstalling MiX then reinstalling it).

- The MiXplorer log directory will not appear until MiXplorer logging has been enabled at least once since last new installation of MiXplorer. Also, if MiXplorer is uninstalled the log folder will be deleted, so if you are getting logs manually during repeated tests remember to do so before next uninstall.

- Before sharing logs it is a good practice to review them for information that you don’t want to share, and to delete that information or replace it with an obvious label, eg <thing x deleted>. To each their own about what to delete, but reviewing logs with privacy in mind before sending is prudent.

- For logging more complex issues, or certain types of FCs where native app logging does not catch the error, a full system log (logcat) may be needed. The app "MatLog" (formerly "CatLog") from Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...d.matlog&hl=en can be used to capture logcats on the device. If an issue is causing reboots then the log might have to be taken from a USB connection on a computer via ADB.

- When you share the log, also share the following:

1) Full details of the device including: Android version, ROM version and variant, Root status, SU status, busybox status.
2) A detailed description about how to reproduce the error when logging so others may try to reproduce it.


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If you have trouble accessing SD cards locally or through FTP you can try different paths. Note: The effectiveness of these paths may vary by ROM and nature of permissions.

/storage/sdcard0
/storage/sdcard1
/storage/emulated/0
/mnt/shell/emulated/0
/mnt/media_rw/sdcard1

Similarly if you are having trouble accessing USB drives you can look in

/storage/
/mnt/media_rw/

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Busybox (Toolbox, Toybox):

- Here is a very nice description from @jcmm11 about history and general role and functionality of Toolbox, Busybox and Toybox: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ostcount=22622.
- In some situations, specific versions of Busybox may be required to use MiXplorer for root operations.
- From within MiXplorer, when you are in a system location there should be a "Busybox" option in the main menu. If you are having trouble accessing the location, tap that "Busybox" item.
- Installing a version of Busybox from Playstore or other source may also work.
- Harvesting new information about Busybox in this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...7&postcount=89

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MiX Nuggets (This section is a work in progress)

- Tabs
--- Single
--- Group
--- Now or at app open

- File Management
-- Find Duplicate Files: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=514



- Automated Intents (Tasker etc)
--- COPY with Tasker, Automagic and...: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=422
--- Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and... :https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=424

- Bookmarks to Network Locations
--- SMB share on other device.
--- FTP server on other device.
--- Cloud

- Servers
--- FTP
--- HTTP
--- TCP: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=421

- Autotag: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=420

- Settings
- View, Sort,
- Navigation
- Search
- Initial permissions
- Export/import Settings
- Custom search bookmark
- Custom folder preview icon
- Expanded description of "Button" menu configuration.
- App backups
- Archive management.
- File/Folder details
- "Allow Root" setting.
- General Settings update.
- Description of available plug-ins.
- Alternate way to reset settings: Same as with with most apps - clear the cache and data.
- Advanced search options and regex: Harvesting information in this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=118
- Themes: How to create, backup, save, and share themes.
- MiXplorer Media Viewer usage description:
- MiXplorer Editor usage description:
- Description of each customize-able item in skins.

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iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
v. PLUG-INS & SETTINGS
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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[Q] How to create a .zip file and sign it in MiXplorer? I've downloaded the zip viewer plugin but cannot create .zip file

1. Select files you want to zip
2. Press 3 dots (menu)
3. Press Archiv
4. Paste icon will show
5. Select again Archive in paste menu

I don't remember correctly but it's like this something.

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[Q] How to create a .zip file and sign it in MiXplorer? I've downloaded the zip viewer plugin but cannot create .zip file

You can create a zip file even without the archive add-in by following a workflow similar to file copy/move operations (and this should also work with the add-in).

- Select some items that you want to put in a zip file.
- Open the overflow menu (3 dots).
- Select "Archive" (the task will be added to the task list just as file copy/move tasks would be)
- Navigate to the location to where you want to save the zip file.
- Open the task menu then select the pending ARCHIVE task.
- Choose the archive options: File type (zip, 7z or tar), level of compression, key (optional), and the split length (optional) then select OK.

I'm not sure exactly what is the the purpose of the archive add-in but have read in the main MiXplorer thread that it handles .RAR files. Maybe some of the MiXplorer regulars can provide a more detailed description if it, which could then be added to the FAQ.
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1. Select files you want to zip
2. Press 3 dots (menu)
3. Press Archiv
4. Paste icon will show
5. Select again Archive in paste menu

I don't remember correctly but it's like this something.

Good Luck!

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LOL I type too slow (and got distracted by a phone call while posting an answer) Thanks.
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