New: Q-Dir Portable 5.96.1 (quad pane file manager) Released

Submitted by mwayne on February 17, 2014 - 4:17pm

logoQ-Dir Portable 5.96.1 has been released by Q-Dir is a quad-pane file explorer that is capable of displaying 4 Explorer panes simultaneously. It supports favorites, file/color filtering, export to XLS/CSV/TXT/HTML, screen magnifier, quick preview, and more. It's packaged as a portable app so you download on the go and it's in Format so it can easily integrate with the Platform. It's released as freeware for personal and business use.

Q-Dir is packaged with permission from the publisher

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.


ScreenshotQ-Dir (the Quad Explorer) makes your files and folder easy to manage. It provides fast and easy access to your hard disks, network folders, USB-Sticks, floppy disks and other storage devices.

Learn more about Q-Dir... Installer / Format

Q-Dir Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Q-Dir Portable is available for immediate download from the Q-Dir Portable homepage. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for your work on this mwayne! You're now listed as a developer/app packager on our team page and have a shiny new dev icon next to your name when posting. Welcome to the team!

By the way, did you want to use your full name on the team page?

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Thanks for releasing Q-DirPortable so quick and invite me to your team. It's a real honor to be part of your team.

You can add my full name to the team page.

Gord Caswell's picture

Another app I use regularly is official! I think the only one I'm waiting on now is TortoiseHg. Smile

Thanks for the hard work, mwayne. Welcome to the team!

John T. Haller's picture

You can just remove it. Freeware releases don't have splashes. It is leftover because I set it to preserve the app directory so data loss doesn't occur on an upgrade following a crash.

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Just wondering if it is possible for the installer to have the following coded:

if old = dev test and new = freeware delete splash file

John T. Haller's picture

It can. But it's not strictly necessary. We don't guarantee upgrades from dev tests to stable. I'm going to add it in the next release anyway.

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John T. Haller's picture

The current build is 32-bit only. I was unaware there was a 64-bit build when I published it. I've added a note to add the 64-bit build in the next release.

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Thanks you for the quick response.
This is a great app. Before it was offered by PA I was including both (32/64) on my USB stick. The developer is constantly providing updates/improvements.
Great addition to

Don't be a pin-head!

I knew there is a 64-bit version but I didn't want to mess up Q-Dir. The problem I saw with including the 64-bit only Q-Dir.exe was that you have to either create folders or rename it. Create a folder messes up with the launcher if you want to use the same data for 32-/64-bit.
Rename one Q-Dir.exe would be the best solution but I see rename as modifying.

Am I still building the updates or did you take it over because I'd love to keep contributing.

P.S. Should I ask Nenand to host it?

John T. Haller's picture

If you rename Q-dir.exe to Q-Dir64.exe for the 64-bit version, does it still work normally? If so, we can just do that. The launcher can pick between them based on the OS. I can show you how to configure that.

You can keep updating it and email it to me via the developers address for now. We're working on a better staging system.

Nenand can host it if he'd like or we can. We work any way the publisher likes. Some like it for us to build it and they host it (LibreOffice), some like it for them to build it and they host it (TeamViewer), some like to build and host it but have us host it for our own users due to bandwidth (HWiNFO).

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Ken Herbert's picture

Great to see another new dev around.

Don't worry, for the move from beta to official John makes the necessary changes himself because it is just easier that way, but you are still in charge of keeping Q-Dir updated going forward.

A few things to hopefully help you out:

  • In preparation for future updates you should copy the files from the official release package back to your local development copy, just in case any files were changed by John and so you don't go undoing those changes when you package a new release.
  • When you do an update you should zip it up and send it to the developers_developers email address near the bottom of the Contact Us page. If in future you have an open source release it would also help John out if you send through the source of the base app with the updated package instead of making him hunt for it.
  • If an update is out and for some reason you know you can't get it done in a reasonable timeframe just drop a note in the Outdated Official Apps thread and if someone else has the time they'll package it up for you. Same thing if there are no updates, but you know you won't have the ability to handle any packages for a while (holidays, no internet etc).

Otherwise to borrow a bad phrase from Spotify: happy apping.

Lord_Theren's picture

Now I don't need to have 7+ instances of Explorer on my computer running!

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