MiXplorer: Q&A and FAQ (User Manual)

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/mnt/secure/asec (the actual path, not the bookmark) is a system folder or virtual path which IIRC is not directly related to the SD card, I see it (empty) on 3 devices, some rooted and some not rooted some Android 10 and some 11, without SD cards attached. Perhaps that bookmark was accidentally created while you were navigating to an SD card at some previous time. (which would be along the same part of the directory tree)

That permissions box can be persistent. During one of my tests I had to acknowledge it for each folder . If you've not already done so try browsing to the root of the intended drive and grand permission there.
Thank you.

Is it safe to use this "external drive" for backups?
 

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Then try @IronTechmonkey's advice.
And read the FAQ again. It took me a while to figure out what "navigate to root" meant. I think I did it. I think it's been behaving since.
I figured it out. My confusion related to the bookmarks feature.

I did not realize the bookmark presence in the drop down menu is just virtual and did not mean these resources were still currently connected to the phone. That's why I mistakenly assumed the 'asec' bookmark referred to the USB HDD I was playing with instead of something else from the past (as Irontechmonkey clearly explained but it went over my head).

I deleted bookmarks I no longer need and everything is fine.

I am amazed that android can correctly access my large ext HDD. Works correctly.

I will reread the FAQ. Thanks Irontechmonkey.
 

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I figured it out. My confusion related to the bookmarks feature.

I did not realize the bookmark presence in the drop down menu is just virtual and did not mean these resources were still currently connected to the phone.

Glad you got it sorted out. Yes, in that manner the MiX bookmark is like a webpage bookmark/favorite which might persist and show details of the web site even if the web site is deleted.

I am amazed that android can correctly access my large ext HDD.

Likewise was I amazed when first connecting an 8TB external drive with four 2TB partitions. It took the Android device a few minutes to mount the volumes but once that was done the drive were accessible through MiX. Although I now have the external drive connected to a networked device in order to minimize wear and risk of being handled, I have used MiX and OTG to rescue data from such drives directly with an Android device.
 
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Hi there, this is a great app thanks!

I have been using this through a Samba share to access photos stored on my NAS, and I was hoping to use folder previews for the various folders containing photos. However, when I select the photo I want to be the preview and rename it to ".preview", it doesn't work (it just stays as the plain folder icon). The photo previews in the folders themselves do work however. And I do see that the folder previews work for folders actually on my device.

Do folder previews not work for network folders?
 
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Having issues with Box.com storage. It use to work and then one day I had to log back in. When I enter the 2 factor code, it directs me to a page that says "Sorry, we couldn't find that page"

I viewed the log, and I think the url is wrong. I tried opening it in a browser and get the same result.

Here is the url it tries to use after 2factor login.
 
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Long time user, best app out there!

Having issues with Box.com storage. It use to work and then one day I had to log back in. When I enter the 2 factor code, it directs me to a page that says "Sorry, we couldn't find that page"

I viewed the log, and I think the url is wrong. I tried opening it in a browser and get the same result.

Here is the url it tries to use after 2factor login.

I cannot tell if this is an issue such as a bug or a simple configuration parameter but it might be worth asking in the main thread. Also, there seems to be no content at the link you provided. I'm not sure if that is an issue on my side or not.

[EDIT} D'oh! I misunderstood but upon re-reading, it was the bad link that you were trying to demonstrate.
 
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Hi there, this is a great app thanks!

I have been using this through a Samba share to access photos stored on my NAS, and I was hoping to use folder previews for the various folders containing photos. However, when I select the photo I want to be the preview and rename it to ".preview", it doesn't work (it just stays as the plain folder icon). The photo previews in the folders themselves do work however. And I do see that the folder previews work for folders actually on my device.

Do folder previews not work for network folders?
Good question, it may indeed be the case that feature is not available for network drives but I don't know if that is the case or not. It might be worth asking this in the main thread.
 

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I cannot tell if this is an issue such as a bug or a simple configuration parameter but it might be worth asking in the main thread. Also, there seems to be no content at the link you provided. I'm not sure if that is an issue on my side or not.

[EDIT} D'oh! I misunderstood but upon re-reading, it was the bad link that you were trying to demonstrate.
Thank you, I will try asking this in the main thread.
 
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1) I am using Vivo Z1 Pro (Vivo 1951) with Android 10 platform. When using my external SD card, it always shows the dialogue "Please select external SD card" and it always ask the permission "Allow access to SD card". I can't access the files and folders saved in my external SD card nor can I Write/Rename/Modify or delete them.

2) How to change the colour of selected folders when clicking on the icon of those particular folders.
 

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... external SD card, it always shows the dialogue "Please select external SD card" and it always ask the permission "Allow access to SD card".
Go to MiX NUGGETS (link in first post) and there to Document Provider.

How to change the colour of selected folders when clicking on the icon of those particular folders.
Klick on "THEMES and SKINS" (link also in first post).
 

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I have watched the mix nuggets there is a description about Android 11 whereas my mobile runs on Android 10. So please help me to solve this big problem of accessing external SD card.
Also when I am copying or moving some old files to a another folder, it is taking the new date & time in metadata (it is the date & time of copying or moving those files) instead of original (old) date & time
 

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I have watched the mix nuggets there is a description about Android 11 whereas my mobile runs on Android 10. So please help me to solve this big problem of accessing external SD card.
Also when I am copying or moving some old files to a another folder, it is taking the new date & time in metadata (it is the date & time of copying or moving those files) instead of original (old) date & time
Same advice: When it asks you to grant permission, look around the screen for some way (maybe another menu) to navigate to the root of the drive before granting permission. If you have the built-in OTG driver enabled, try disabling it; if it is already disabled, try enabling it.
 

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I'm not sure if you fully understand what I said. FTP should just work as FTP, until users do not manually choose something other. Automatic changing of something when you just OPEN settings without touching anything doesn't make any sense. @IronTechmonkey

The contextual change of FTP prefix to which you refer is described in the FAQ, in fact it is the crux of that server security post which comes from technical articles describing how FTP(S,ES) functions, not from MiXplorer. The FAQ admittedly focuses on the creation of a bookmark at the other end of the exchange but it stands to reason that the server configuration would make similar dynamic contextual adjustments during initial configuration. MiXplorer may auto populate prefixes for us contextually because those changes are required to make a good/secure connection.

Keeping in mind that (as described in the FAQ) this new server set up involved huuuuuuuuuuuge changes (seriously, perhaps the biggest server changes since their inception) and in that scenario, the fact that those dynamic contextual changes are happening on your first and second run through the server settings seems normal.

The only time I've ever seen changes to that prefix on a configured server is when it adjusted to changes that were made in the settings. After configuration does it keep flipping back and forth each time you open it even if you;ve made no settings changes (which would be weird) or does it do so just during your first and second attempts (which would not be weird)? Does it happen after you configure the server?

It may be the case that you've found a change in behavior between 6.57 and 6.58 which needs a fix or an explanation. If you think you've noticed something untoward it would be more helpful to report it as described in post seven of the FAQ, and include specific details about the device and a step-by-step walk-through (every tap, long press, swipe, etc) of how to reproduce it along with a log captured while you reproduce the circumstances. Some of these things may seem obvious during a thread discussion but when getting to the nitty-gritty of testing those details are particularly helpful.

I've gone a bit hard at you for previously not checking the FAQ and you earned that initially, but just to be clear: my interest here isn't to browbeat about that. As recently mentioned in this thread, I'm planning a rewrite of the servers documentation to cover the recent massive changes. You may (or may not) have found more changes; it's that which I am trying to drill down to.
 

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I Hi, I searched for the option to remember last visited path/window but couldn't find it. Does it exist this option? and I want to have the feature to show the remaining free space of the system partition like this
because when I replace a file system, even though I use many apps: X-plorer File Manager, Root Explorer, MiXplorer all have file status after copying =0 size, I thought it was an error. But after using the app DevCheckrealized because the system partition does not have enough space to hold the replacement file
 

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I Hi, I searched for the option to remember last visited path/window but couldn't find it. Does it exist this option?

You can tell MiX to save tabs "now" or upon "exit". If you set it to "exit" then whatever tabs that are open when you close the app will be opened by default the next time you start the app. See "4) Tabs" section of this post for details: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-65157342

and I want to have the feature to show the remaining free space of the system partition

There are a few ways to see more details about drives on the device.

This will show you more details in the regular file list:
View button > options > more detail (enable)

This is a way to create a custom bookmark which will show the storage details of a given location or many locations.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85942125

Those suggestions may not be exactly what you want but they should provide some of the information you seem to be looking for.
 
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Also when I am copying or moving some old files to a another folder, it is taking the new date & time in metadata (it is the date & time of copying or moving those files) instead of original (old) date & time

Regarding the time stamp you could see what this setting does:

Settings > More Settings > Last modified time (enabled).
 

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    Finally I've found my way out of the rabbit hole; which took a while because it turned out that beneath the rabbit hole there was a more bizarre, labyrinthine and dystopian world populated by Chud, Mole People, and Google security "decision makers"; and to my surprise a prospective feature request emerges.

    Possible feature request: Is there a way to audit or list the various directories which have been granted directory tree access in MiX? Should there be such a thing?

    Hypothesis:
    The delays which had been occurring on my device, 15 seconds for Tasker to complete each command to write a line of text, seem to have been caused by Google's failure to manage the history of required document tree permissions, and a failure to consider the likely history of material on an SD card.

    Test:
    Five SD cards of varying capacity and % of used space, eliminating factors such as overall amount of material on drive, amount and nature of material in directory, media library given time to scan tested after reboots and manual scan in MiXplorer, and a few other things.

    Apparent Problem:
    Tasker revealed what seemed to be a history or a series of overlapping document tree permissions which had been granted, stating that the one which indicated the folder in question (which has cap and lower case characters) could not be granted but, Tasker also listed the same folder with the same name with different characters in caps as OK (possibly a legacy previous SD card or device), and in spite of the error to the first folder in question Tasker was able to write to that folder.

    Fix:
    After renaming the original folder (which contained caps and lowercase) to [anything else], and creating a new folder with the same name but in all lowercase letters, and copying the material from the renamed original folder to the new one, and again granting permissions to that part of the document tree (in a Tasker settings). Then the permissions were properly granted and the delay writing the lines of text went from 15 seconds to less than 1 second.

    Factors:
    These symptoms are consistent with the way I manage that folder when swapping SD cards or upgrading devices or sometimes even just and copying large amounts of material, and I think the following factors may be at play.

    - Folders that were originally created on another device.

    - Folders that were renamed on same android device or other device.

    - Folders which have a combination of lowercase and capital letters where the name was not changed but the case of some of the characters in the name was changed (significant because of the different ways that Linux and Windows handle that).

    - Folders which may have been copied or moved may behave differently depending on how the managing operating system handles permissions. (Significant because of the way Windows might handle potentially inherited permissions differently for file copy and file move operations).

    MiXplorer seems less affected and better able to handle this stuff but there have been reports of disproportionately long delays copying small files which might also be consistent with this issue. If MiXplorer had a way to present the history of document tree permissions which had been granted, that would be one of the first things I check out when such delays occur. That being said this may not be possible or may not merit priority regarding app development.

    BTW, I'll spare us another rant about Google but they make a mockery of the idea that they're keeping us secure with this sloppy legacy of document tree permissions. :)
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    I use "Terminal Emulator for Android" by Jack Palevich. It is on Google Play Store. It is very old.

    It was forked and it is still maintained here : https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.termoneplus
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    In storage i see a SD card, emulated and self. In meda_rw i see SD card. I dont have terminal emulator. What is best ? Is any plugin for tasker ?
    I use "Terminal Emulator for Android" by Jack Palevich. It is on Google Play Store. It is very old.

    Many people use Termux.

    There is no "best".

    I suggested terminal emulator as way to show us listings of files. It is not important. Just tap on "media_rw". Then tap on entry for SD card. Then try to copy a file. Tell us what happens.
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    The T1 storage is only test, no next drive. I try set subfolder, i record video. Another sd card is in exfat, still not work. Stupid privacy protection, is not possible disable this ??

    I assumed T1 was a test because it only appears in one of your screenshots but it's nature remains significant
    ... and I know a lot of information and questions are coming at you but it would help if you answered questions the first time they are asked, before they become even more questions :)

    Why does the device show both "Android" NTFS drive and T1 drive as SD cards at the same time...
    ... is the T1 Drive is a separate partition on the same physical card as "Android"?
    ... does the device have 2 SD card slots?


    Back to the main issue: This new video is informative. The picker has access to that subfolder and does not report that it cannot be used. It is only the fact that QuickPic expects a different folder that it does not work. That being said, these tests should be done from within MiXplorer, as previously described, by adding a document provider to a subfolder of the SD card.

    Open MiX > Add > Storage > Document Provider > Navigate to root of "Android" > Navigate to subfolder "download" may be a good choice).

    Can you do that in MiX?
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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
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917

    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).

    --------------------------------------
    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/apk/hootan-parsa/mixplorer-hootanparsa/
    Old link (just in case) https://www.apkmirror.com/uploads/?q=pishrodevs.
    If this link does not work then search Google for [MiXplorer APK Mirror]


    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 various UI objects may be referenced throughout documentation (and are helpful to know when configuring theme). Here are the names of a few primary UI components along with the specific name for their background colors in the theme configuration. This is just as a reference point for the documentation. For more about skins and themes see that post.

    Status Bar: TINT_STATUS_BAR
    Main Bar: BG_BAR_MAIN
    Tab Bar: BG_BAR_TAB
    Tab Indicator: TINT_TAB_INDICATOR
    Selected Tab: TINT_TAB_INDICATOR_SELECTED
    Page: BG_PAGE
    Tools bar: BG_BAR_TOOLS
    Navigation Bar: TINT_NAVIGATION_BAR

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

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

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    2) Navigation

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

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

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

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

    To search for items: Tap the search icon, then you can start typing what you want to find in current folder.
    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. See this FAQ Nugget for recursive and advanced search options: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82781351
    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

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

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

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    3) Bookmarks/History (Drawer)

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

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

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

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

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

    Notes about network and cloud bookmarks:

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

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

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

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

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

    To create a custom category (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.

    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 can be accessed via the tab menu and are context sensitive, based on Tab bar visibility and tab arrangement.

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

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

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


    Save single tab as default tab or to save 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 (default tab)
    - 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

    View Customization (more in Skins/Themes)

    Disable Thumbnails (folder specific}: Place image in folder > rename to .nothumbnail
    Custom Folder Icon (folder specific): Place image in folder > rename to .foldericon
    Custom Folder Icon Preview (folder specific): Place image in folder > rename to. preview

    Notes:
    - Some image properties may not function properly. Icons can be optimized here: https://tinypng.com/
    - Some of these may depend on a related setting within the app (eg .preview file and setting "Auto folder preview")



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    LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    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
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917
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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 beta version of the app. If you notice a bug in the newest release version then check the newest beta. If it also occurs in the beta then log it from there.

    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.

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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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    LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    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
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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.

    There are several ways to to Copy or Move items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    [LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (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
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917
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    MiX NUGGET INDEX

    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

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

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    Android-version specific (and other) workarounds: For things such as accessing /data/data or external/storage/android/data on Android 11 devices: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85904825

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    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

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

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    Batch Renaming and Regex: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-71218953

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    Bookmark Advanced Settings
    : 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

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

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    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

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    Document Provider
    : Using Document Provider to access USB OTG drives (and in some cases external SD card) on Android 11 (and in some other usage cases). https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85878051

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    Find Duplicate File
    s: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76395344&postcount=514

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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

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

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    Optimizing Network Connections
    : https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-84515405

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    Searching for Files and Folders
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781351&postcount=1170

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    SERVERS:

    FTP and HTTP SERVERS and Sent-to

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-65157350

    Server Security Settings
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85932885

    FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS; Servers configuration for older version of MiX
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85896901

    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

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    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

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    Storage Analyzer:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85942125

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    Tabs:
    Save (aka; pin), rearrange, close, clone Tabs:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75580704&postcount=440
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-75580704

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    Tools; Duplicates & App Remnants:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85952549

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


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    Possible additions.

    - App backups.
    - Archive management.
    - Description of available plug-ins.
    - MiXplorer Media Viewer usage description
    - MiXplorer Editor usage description

    Many things can be learned by exploring the app, most UI elements have a function, long press is your friend.

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    LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    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
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917