MiXplorer: Q&A and FAQ (User Manual)

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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. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
vi. THEMES and SKINS
vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP

Note: If you are just starting with MiXplorer then a general review of this FAQ might be helpful but if you seek information about a particular feature you can see if there is a "MiX Nugget" for it. MiX Nuggets are individual freestanding FAQ posts which describe a MiXplorer feature in enough detail for basic use without having to sift through whole FAQ. v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts).

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i) INTRODUCTION

As mentioned in an introduction from 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 a MiXplorer user and tester who volunteered (was volunteered) to create the FAQ but I am not the/a developer.

This FAQ attempts to describe configuration options, file & folder operations, UI options, and utilities, as well as to share workarounds for known issues or usage cases. Please feel free to provide, suggestions, corrections, or additions which could be linked to or added to the OPs. Thanks to all for your input already as much of this comes from 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/showthread.php?t=1523691.

SOME MIXPLORER HISTORY (MiXtory?)

This post by HootanParsa describes a how MiXplorer got started and some key events during its relationship with Google Play Store. https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...y-featured-file-manager.1523691/post-77894840

Here is another note from HootanParsa regarding the history of MiXplorer on Playstore https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691&p=73870110.

MiXplorer is closed source, and because the developer rarely if ever engages in discussions about closed vs. open source this is not discussed at length in the main MiX thread. This is not by any rule but rather by respect for the developer's decision. That being said, past discussions about closed vs. open source have been well informed and informative. Such discussions really do relate to software development, if not to the bugs to be fixed at any given moment, so please feel free to have such discussions here if/when they become too much for the main thread.

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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. Also note: The Playstore-Silver and XDA-Stable versions of MiXplorer are essentially the same (sometimes with small variation) but the Playstore-Silver version includes some add-ons (describe below and at Playstore page) which would have to be installed separately and manually in the XDA version.

The Playstore_Silver version is also a way to contribute to MiXplorer development.

As to upgrade paths: The Play Store gives a one-shot installation and upgrade path for the app and its included add-ons. The XDA stable version allows users to decide specifically which add-ons are installed but offers a similarly simple upgrade path from with the app.

1) Main Thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.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. This is also where you can get the latest beta version. Note: 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.

2) XDA Labs. It might still be possible to use the XDA labs site in web browsers but no longer the XDA Labs app to download MiX. 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: 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 and it provides access outside of Playstore.
MiX at APK Mirror: https://www.apkmirror.com/uploads/?q=pishrodevs.

4) APKMirror RSS Feeds: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/pishrodevs/mixplorer-hootanparsa/feed/
[inactive?]http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/hootanparsa/feed/ 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.

5) Playstore (MiXplorer Silver). As announced by HootanParsa here https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78465999&postcount=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. "

Add-ons: MiXplorer Add-ons can be installed from within the app like this:
Settings > Addons > and click add button > follow links to browse and download appropriate add-ons.

MiXplorer Add-ons are also available through the XDA Labs Android app (search for MiXplorer) or through the XDA Labs Store browser pages for the MiXplorer app and Developer Hootan Parsa
https://labs.xda-developers.com/store/app/com.mixplorer
https://labs.xda-developers.com/store/author/HootanParsa
Note: these links may no longer work.

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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 at prompt "Allow MiXplorer to access photos, media, and files on your device?" Select to Allow.
- Make sure root is enabled in MiX setting > Navigate to Root "/" to force first time SU permissions request > Select " allow" and "remember".
- Navigate to external SD and create a new 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.

BUG REPORTING

- Please report bugs in the primary MiXplorer thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.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/showpost.php?p=65157367&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)

6) "Home" page - described in MiX Nugget - Home Page - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168

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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

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I) Action Bar: BG_BAR_ACTION The Action Bar appears in place of the Main Bar when one or more items is selected.
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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.
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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.
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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/showpost.php?p=71218953&postcount=118

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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)
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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.

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To create a custom category (similar to custom bookmark for a search) 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.
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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
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Without tab bar
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Individual Tab functions: These functions can can be accessed by long pressing on a Tab when the Tab Bar is visible.
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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.

6) "Home" page

A full page panel containing locations with details, described in more detail here: MiX Nugget - Home Page - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168


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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

Search, searching for items: Expanded description of search methods in this post. MiX Nugget - Searching for Files and Folders: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781351&postcount=1170

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.
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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.
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- 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.
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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.
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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

There are a variety of ways MiXplorer can be used to access files on other devices or make files available to other devices. This post describes the 3 types of servers MiXplorer can use to make files available to other devices. FTP, HTTP & TCP Servers

Each MiXplorer server type offers different functionality and each can be run a few different ways from buttons and menus within the MiXplorer UI or directly from the Android UI (widgets &quick-tiles). Note: A MiX server will use a different root location (folder seen as root by client) depending which settings are in place, and where the server was run from, and which folder/tab is active. See "Default path" section below for more detail.

Server Settings In Common for MiXplorer FTP, HTTP and TCP servers. :

- Default path: This is the directory which incoming clients will see as the root of the directory tree.

-- When server is run from: Toolbar's Server button (hidden by default, enable in Settings > buttons); then root for incoming clients will be the location of the presently active tab in MiXplorer.
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-- When server is run from: 3-Dot Menu > Servers; then root for incoming clients will be the root of currently active partition (drive). Not the presently viewed location but rather the root of the partition in which the presently viewed location resides).

-- When server is run from: Widget or Quick-tiles; then root for incoming clients will be the location designated in the server settings panel.

- 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. For FTP use FTPS.
- An internet connection is not required but the devices must be on same LAN, wifi network, or hotspot.
- 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

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FTP Server:
This is the most fully featured of the servers (not counting SMB shares). FTP Clients on other networked devices, including Android devices running MiXplorer can manage files with the full range of functions expected for FTP access. This might also work through a native file viewing window on OS that support it. To configure and access a MiXplorer FTP server:

- On 1st device configure a MiXplorer FTP server. You can check the notification to verify IP Address and Port #.
- On 2nd device configure your FTP client to access the MiXplorer FTP server with aforementioned IP address and Port#.
- If using MiXplorer on 2nd device then, in MiXplorer create a bookmark to access the FTP server that is running on the 1st device. That bookmark is effectively an FTP client.
- On 2nd device open your FTP client or your MiXplorer FTP bookmark.

Additional information about FTP here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=71415130&postcount=152

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HTTP Server: Allows other devices on the same network to access files though web browsers. This eliminates the need for 3rd party “clients” but the interface is minimal, like a web page, navigating and downloading via hyperlinks.This might also work through a native file viewing window on OS that support it.

- On 1st device configure MiX HTTP server.
- On 2nd device use a web browser to access the address of the HTTP server that is running on the 1st device.
- In browser on 2nd device download files (and upload?).

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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.

- Both devices connected to same Wifi network (can be done with hotspot).
- MiXplorer TCP server configured with same parameters on both devices.
- On destination device: Open tab to destination directory then run MiXplorer TCP server.
- On source device: Select file(s) > 3 button menu > Send to ... > Refresh > select destination device.
- The files should be copied to the directory that is opened on destination device.
- You should see some simple toasts at some points into the process on both devices.

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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

Individual freestanding FAQ posts which describe a MiXplorer feature in enough detail for basic use without having to sift through the sprawling FAQ.
More detail here. https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75355181&postcount=412
(This section is a work in progress)

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Home Page: A full page panel of locations including details about the locations: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168

Tabs
--- Save (aka; pin), rearrange, close, clone Tabs: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75580704&postcount=440

File Management
--- Searching for Files and Folders https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781351&postcount=1170
--- Find Duplicate Files: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76395344&postcount=513

Bookmarks to Network Locations

Bookmark Advanced Parameters: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=80301547&postcount=932
--- SMB shares on other LAN device.
--- FTP servers on other LAN device.
--- Bluetooth folder on other BT connected device running MiX
--- Cloud

Automated Intents (Tasker etc)
--- COPY with Tasker, Automagic and...: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75389465&postcount=422
--- Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and... :https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75400602&postcount=424

Servers
--- FTP, HTTP and TCP Servers: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65157350&postcount=4
--- Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and...:https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75400602&postcount=422
--- Old TCP Server post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75366970&postcount=421

Set default Date and Time formats: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76749686&postcount=561
and
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76750741&postcount=562

Autotag: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75366938&postcount=420

Merging Text (txt) files: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75786123&postcount=480

How to create a language package (for translators): https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75741128&postcount=469

Settings (overview): https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82834917&postcount=1181

Settings (reset): https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=83626647&postcount=1263

Add-ons (simple list): https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82834971&postcount=1182

Optimizing network connections (mostly for speed): https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-84515405


Version compatibility (possibly helpful for some older devices): https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-84468783

WIP maybe
- View, Sort,
- Navigation
- Initial permissions
- Export/import Settings
- Custom search bookmark
- Custom folder preview icon
- App backups
- Archive management.
- File/Folder details
- "Allow Root" setting.
- Description of available plug-ins.
- Advanced search options and regex: Harvesting information in this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=71218953&postcount=118
- MiXplorer Media Viewer usage description
- MiXplorer Editor usage description

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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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Themes and Skins

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...io5NTZmNzliOTMzOWY4ZDRlYmM3ZjQxNWZjYzE2ZjI3Yg. 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/showpost.php?p=78541319&postcount=733.
Preview:
4u6iyI9.jpg

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/showpost.php?p=76812709&postcount=25259
Direct link here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76812645&postcount=1

@TerrorFlatRider's thread:
Announced here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76816946&postcount=25262
Direct link here: [Themes] MiXplorer Themes by TerrorFlatRider; https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76816946&postcount=25262

Themes from Vladimir:
Announced here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78240950&postcount=26780
Direct link here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rPYLPtJGeu9iwPCTasT_f2K86uVho7pU

Theme by @mhz
https://forum.xda-developers.com/an...-theme-mhz-t4147783/post83616953#post83616953

New (as of December 2020) MiX Theme-ing thread by @TheMystic: [Tutorial] MiXplorer – Themes & Skins – How to make them? https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/tutorial-mixplorer-themes-skins-how-to-make-them.4202319/

This is the list of available user created theme and skin repositories as listed in the main thread as of February 2021.

From: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=23109280&postcount=2

These:
• Themes by @djdarkknight96
• Themes by @TerrorFlatRider
• Themes by Vladimir
• Themes by Marciozomb13

• Windows Fluent Design theme by @marciozomb13
• Material Design theme by @marciozomb13
• Theme Corporate
• Guillaume Skins Gallery
• YandLiu Skins Gallery


Sample theme which could be used as a template. https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76629263&postcount=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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- 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/showthread.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:


Enable MiXplorer logging: Settings . More settings . Logging (enable)

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/details?id=com.pluscubed.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/showpost.php?p=74883586&postcount=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/showpost.php?p=70713137&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/showpost.php?p=76395344&postcount=514



- Automated Intents (Tasker etc)
--- COPY with Tasker, Automagic and...: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75389465&postcount=422
--- Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and... :https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75400602&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/showpost.php?p=75366970&postcount=421

- Autotag: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75366938&postcount=420
+ placeholder will fill in later

- - 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/showpost.php?p=71218953&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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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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[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.

Good Luck!

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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!

Sent from my XPERIA M2 using Tapatalk

LOL I type too slow (and got distracted by a phone call while posting an answer) Thanks. :)
 
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FTP and paths on SD cards.

Every now and then I test all the possible paths to Internal and External SDs via FTP. With some lingering SD card access issues recently resolved, now seems like a good time to repeat the routine.

In L5.1.1/CM12.1, SuperSU 2.65 (recent Playstore update of flashed SuperSU 2.46), Selinux = permissive, MiXplorer v6.1.4.BETA_B1602294, Filezilla 3.11.0.2 FTP client connecting to MiXplorer FTP using active tab at / as top level, copying a 15MB PDF through a variety of paths:

/storage/sdcard0, and /storage/emulated/legacy, and /sdcard: File copy is successful to root of internal SD but no contents shown at these paths in FTP client. Viewing same location via /storage/emulated/0 shows the copied file and all other expected content. A bad thing about this is that copying the file again by the same method overwrites the existing one without a prompt. I verified this by copying a different file of different type and size but with same filename.

/storage/emulated/0: File copy is successful to root of internal SD..

/external_sd: File copy is successful to root of external SD.

/storage/sdcard1: File copy is successful to root of external SD.

/mnt/media_rw/sdcard1: File copy is successful to root of external SD.

/mnt/shell/emulated/0: File copy is successful to root of internal SD.

/mnt/shell/emulated/legacy: This is a weird one. File copy is successful but this path is not linked to any other location and the copied file is there alone when viewed via FTP or in MiX on device. Not a problem, just interesting, maybe a quirk of the ROM.
 
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I don't think it's possible to export it. You can change/replace it but not exported. Unless I don't know how :)
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I think he meant of this:

71da3d614f7064657a4984bbd43b15e0.jpg

:)

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Another as yet unexplored area of MiXplorer for me. Thanks! Just for kicks I played with this for a bit. I was able to replace album art for an MP3 and restore it to the original. The "Remove" button had me thinking I could remove the original album art but it only works to remove a custom image and restore the original. Although the "Remove" button might be more descriptive if it was named "Restore" the behavior of protecting the original material seems normal, although I can remove album art from same file on PC with dBpowerapm's tag editor. Maybe there is a feature request in there somewhere but there are more important things being requested now.

As to @YexuanXiao's question, I did some searching and could only find a references to linux command line functions and some PC utilities that might be able to do this but nothing ready-made for Android.
 

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    What is the quickest protocol/setup if I have a file on device 1 and I want to transfer to it device 2, both with Mixplorer and on the same wifi network?

    (Quick, both in terms of number of clicks to make it happen and in terms of transfer speed.)

    I had pondered relative rankings of different network file transfer methods while describing the servers in the FAQ but that did not really fit into the technical descriptions however this awakes that previous curiosity. Opinions here may vary depending on individual preferences and capabilities of various devices but as I see it:

    - Bluetooth: For a one time or infrequent action on individual small files Bluetooth might be the simplest but offers limited file management options and slow transfer speed.

    - TCP server: Simple although it will include a brief bit of MiX TCP server config. Limited file management options but at least using Wifi for better (than bluetooth) speeds.

    - HTTP: requires some server configuration and offers more file management capability than previously mentioned items but if you're going to bother configuring this you might as well go to FTP.

    - FTP: by your described criteria FTP may require more configuration than you want to play with but once you've got the servers and bookmarks configured it is fairly quick and easy to use and offers a wide range of file management options, as if the directories are on the same device. Start server on host device > open bookmark from guest device = might even be quicker than TCP.

    An additional consideration is that if you do this repeatedly with the same devices the initial configuration of the FTP server is probably worth the effort but if you do it repeatedly with new or temporary devices you may gain less in that regard.
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    No. Is there anything I can do to change this?
    and to give you a little future awareness, if your device is not able to mount system as RW (as most newer devices have become), then to modify the system partition, a magisk module is the way to acheive a system mod, systemlessly. You can still use a Magisk module by choice, even if your system can be mounted as RW and it has its advantages.
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    No. Is there anything I can do to change this?

    First of all you need root, then you can use a terminal or file manager like MiX to mount system RW ( read AND write, so you can change things in it ) but also depends on what device you're using.

    In main bar you should see if the partition is read only or read / writable; In menue there's an option to change it, but as @Ultramanoid already stated, first thing to ensure is to have root.
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    Yes, that was exactly the answer I needed! I remember reading that recently, I but that was before I needed it and I didn't really understand it at the time. It's simple once you know it, but I wonder why MiX requires this step when some other, less advanced file explorers don't. Definitely something that should be in the FAQ.

    Well, it is in the FAQ now and you've witnessed that live in real time. ;)

    When the new document provider was recently introduced I knew it would be significant but to your point I did not need it in MiX and did not understand the context, so I bookmarked it to be added to the FAQ later (possibly much later). Then today upon seeing how it applied to USB drives I created the post that you quoted, which would be called a MiX Nugget if XDA still had post titles. That post should eventually be linked to the "Nuggets" section of the original posts (once the context of the document provider itself can be fleshed out into a "Nugget").

    As to the USB OTG Document Provider tip itself: 1 day after being described by dev (in a post appearing 3rd in a thread search for [usb otg]) is a short turnaround IMO. :)
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    Hello good morning thanks for the support
    I write to you because I have a problem and I didn't understand what application generates it.

    When I send an email and try to attach a file by drawing it from Mixplorer present to a cloud connected to it, the Aquamail application goes into loop and cannot load the requested file.

    To be clearer than the file I want to attach is not present in the internal memory of the phone but is present in an external cloud or that is a remote server or that is the Google Drive.

    I can't understand which application generates the problem.

    Can any of you try?

    Thanks so much
    If I understand you correctly you want to attach a file that resides on a cloud server to an email via Mixplorer.
    I'm not using Aquamail but with Gmail I can attach files from Yandex/Dropbox/Drive through Mixplorer to emails.
    So the problem is probably your mail app.
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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. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
    vi. THEMES and SKINS
    vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP

    Note: If you are just starting with MiXplorer then a general review of this FAQ might be helpful but if you seek information about a particular feature you can see if there is a "MiX Nugget" for it. MiX Nuggets are individual freestanding FAQ posts which describe a MiXplorer feature in enough detail for basic use without having to sift through whole FAQ. v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts).

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    i) INTRODUCTION

    As mentioned in an introduction from 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 a MiXplorer user and tester who volunteered (was volunteered) to create the FAQ but I am not the/a developer.

    This FAQ attempts to describe configuration options, file & folder operations, UI options, and utilities, as well as to share workarounds for known issues or usage cases. Please feel free to provide, suggestions, corrections, or additions which could be linked to or added to the OPs. Thanks to all for your input already as much of this comes from 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/showthread.php?t=1523691.

    SOME MIXPLORER HISTORY (MiXtory?)

    This post by HootanParsa describes a how MiXplorer got started and some key events during its relationship with Google Play Store. https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...y-featured-file-manager.1523691/post-77894840

    Here is another note from HootanParsa regarding the history of MiXplorer on Playstore https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691&p=73870110.

    MiXplorer is closed source, and because the developer rarely if ever engages in discussions about closed vs. open source this is not discussed at length in the main MiX thread. This is not by any rule but rather by respect for the developer's decision. That being said, past discussions about closed vs. open source have been well informed and informative. Such discussions really do relate to software development, if not to the bugs to be fixed at any given moment, so please feel free to have such discussions here if/when they become too much for the main thread.

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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. Also note: The Playstore-Silver and XDA-Stable versions of MiXplorer are essentially the same (sometimes with small variation) but the Playstore-Silver version includes some add-ons (describe below and at Playstore page) which would have to be installed separately and manually in the XDA version.

    The Playstore_Silver version is also a way to contribute to MiXplorer development.

    As to upgrade paths: The Play Store gives a one-shot installation and upgrade path for the app and its included add-ons. The XDA stable version allows users to decide specifically which add-ons are installed but offers a similarly simple upgrade path from with the app.

    1) Main Thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.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. This is also where you can get the latest beta version. Note: 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.

    2) XDA Labs. It might still be possible to use the XDA labs site in web browsers but no longer the XDA Labs app to download MiX. 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: 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 and it provides access outside of Playstore.
    MiX at APK Mirror: https://www.apkmirror.com/uploads/?q=pishrodevs.

    4) APKMirror RSS Feeds: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/pishrodevs/mixplorer-hootanparsa/feed/
    [inactive?]http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/hootanparsa/feed/ 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.

    5) Playstore (MiXplorer Silver). As announced by HootanParsa here https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78465999&postcount=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. "

    Add-ons: MiXplorer Add-ons can be installed from within the app like this:
    Settings > Addons > and click add button > follow links to browse and download appropriate add-ons.

    MiXplorer Add-ons are also available through the XDA Labs Android app (search for MiXplorer) or through the XDA Labs Store browser pages for the MiXplorer app and Developer Hootan Parsa
    https://labs.xda-developers.com/store/app/com.mixplorer
    https://labs.xda-developers.com/store/author/HootanParsa
    Note: these links may no longer work.

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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 at prompt "Allow MiXplorer to access photos, media, and files on your device?" Select to Allow.
    - Make sure root is enabled in MiX setting > Navigate to Root "/" to force first time SU permissions request > Select " allow" and "remember".
    - Navigate to external SD and create a new 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.

    BUG REPORTING

    - Please report bugs in the primary MiXplorer thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.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/showpost.php?p=65157367&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)

    6) "Home" page - described in MiX Nugget - Home Page - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168

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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

    00020_Main_POP.png


    I) Action Bar: BG_BAR_ACTION The Action Bar appears in place of the Main Bar when one or more items is selected.
    00040_Action_POP.png


    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.
    00060_Drawer_POP.png


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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.
    00080_Location.png

    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.
    00100_Location_Long_Press.png

    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/showpost.php?p=71218953&postcount=118

    00110_Search_Filter.png


    00120_Search_Recursive.png

    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)
    00140_View.png


    00160_Add.png


    00180_Refresh.png


    00200_Sort.png

    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.

    00260_Bookmark_Delete.png


    00280_Bookmark_Reorder.png


    To create a custom category (similar to custom bookmark for a search) 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.
    00300_Bookmark_Menu.png


    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.
    00320_History.png

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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
    00340_Tab_Menu_General.png


    Without tab bar
    00360_Tab_Menu_General_Hidden.png

    Individual Tab functions: These functions can can be accessed by long pressing on a Tab when the Tab Bar is visible.
    00380_Tab_Menu_Individual.png

    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.

    6) "Home" page

    A full page panel containing locations with details, described in more detail here: MiX Nugget - Home Page - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168


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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

    Search, searching for items: Expanded description of search methods in this post. MiX Nugget - Searching for Files and Folders: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781351&postcount=1170

    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.
    00400_Selected.png


    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.
    00420_Task_Queue.png


    - 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.
    00460_Drag_Drop.png


    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.
    00440_Task_Status.png



    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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    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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    - 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/showthread.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:


    Enable MiXplorer logging: Settings . More settings . Logging (enable)

    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/details?id=com.pluscubed.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/showpost.php?p=74883586&postcount=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/showpost.php?p=70713137&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/showpost.php?p=76395344&postcount=514



    - Automated Intents (Tasker etc)
    --- COPY with Tasker, Automagic and...: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75389465&postcount=422
    --- Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and... :https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75400602&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/showpost.php?p=75366970&postcount=421

    - Autotag: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75366938&postcount=420
    + placeholder will fill in later

    - - 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/showpost.php?p=71218953&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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    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

    There are a variety of ways MiXplorer can be used to access files on other devices or make files available to other devices. This post describes the 3 types of servers MiXplorer can use to make files available to other devices. FTP, HTTP & TCP Servers

    Each MiXplorer server type offers different functionality and each can be run a few different ways from buttons and menus within the MiXplorer UI or directly from the Android UI (widgets &quick-tiles). Note: A MiX server will use a different root location (folder seen as root by client) depending which settings are in place, and where the server was run from, and which folder/tab is active. See "Default path" section below for more detail.

    Server Settings In Common for MiXplorer FTP, HTTP and TCP servers. :

    - Default path: This is the directory which incoming clients will see as the root of the directory tree.

    -- When server is run from: Toolbar's Server button (hidden by default, enable in Settings > buttons); then root for incoming clients will be the location of the presently active tab in MiXplorer.
    .
    -- When server is run from: 3-Dot Menu > Servers; then root for incoming clients will be the root of currently active partition (drive). Not the presently viewed location but rather the root of the partition in which the presently viewed location resides).

    -- When server is run from: Widget or Quick-tiles; then root for incoming clients will be the location designated in the server settings panel.

    - 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. For FTP use FTPS.
    - An internet connection is not required but the devices must be on same LAN, wifi network, or hotspot.
    - 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

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    FTP Server:
    This is the most fully featured of the servers (not counting SMB shares). FTP Clients on other networked devices, including Android devices running MiXplorer can manage files with the full range of functions expected for FTP access. This might also work through a native file viewing window on OS that support it. To configure and access a MiXplorer FTP server:

    - On 1st device configure a MiXplorer FTP server. You can check the notification to verify IP Address and Port #.
    - On 2nd device configure your FTP client to access the MiXplorer FTP server with aforementioned IP address and Port#.
    - If using MiXplorer on 2nd device then, in MiXplorer create a bookmark to access the FTP server that is running on the 1st device. That bookmark is effectively an FTP client.
    - On 2nd device open your FTP client or your MiXplorer FTP bookmark.

    Additional information about FTP here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=71415130&postcount=152

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    HTTP Server: Allows other devices on the same network to access files though web browsers. This eliminates the need for 3rd party “clients” but the interface is minimal, like a web page, navigating and downloading via hyperlinks.This might also work through a native file viewing window on OS that support it.

    - On 1st device configure MiX HTTP server.
    - On 2nd device use a web browser to access the address of the HTTP server that is running on the 1st device.
    - In browser on 2nd device download files (and upload?).

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    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.

    - Both devices connected to same Wifi network (can be done with hotspot).
    - MiXplorer TCP server configured with same parameters on both devices.
    - On destination device: Open tab to destination directory then run MiXplorer TCP server.
    - On source device: Select file(s) > 3 button menu > Send to ... > Refresh > select destination device.
    - The files should be copied to the directory that is opened on destination device.
    - You should see some simple toasts at some points into the process on both devices.

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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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