Frigate3 Windows File Manager

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 16, 2008
Updated • Jun 27, 2014

Tobey send me an email informing me about today's Giveaway of the Day. It is Frigate3, a windows file manager that he recommended wholeheartedly. Frigate3 is a commercial program but can be downloaded freely today on the Giveaway of the Day website. The restrictions are that you do not get technical support or updates to upcoming versions.

Update: Since this offer only lasted one day, it is no longer available. You can still download a trial version of the application from the developer website. There is however no free version on offer anymore.

I'm not a huge fan of file managers because I can't see a reason to use them these days but I know that some, including Tobey, use them daily. So, what can you do with Frigate3?

The main purpose is to manage files effectively of course which includes queuing file operations, build in zip support, file viewers to preview files in the program, ftp, ftps and sftp support, network support, size manager, advanced search, mp3 tagger and build in syntax highlighter.

Frigate3 has a lot of features that Windows Explorer does not offer. I tend to use different applications for my needs and the advantage of Frigate3, and any other file manager, is that you only need to install one software to increase the functionality of your Windows operating system.

I suppose Tobey will leave a comment about the File Manager when he reads the article and it's probably better that he does, because he knows the program way better. I guess it's worth a look if you are looking for a file manager or use file managers.

Frigate comes as a standard and professional version. The professional version supports additional features on top of everything that the standard version supports. This includes among other features support for syntax checking, a startup and free space manager, mp3 processing or folder synchronization.

Free alternatives that you may want to give a try are Free Commander and Unreal Commander.


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  1. jacky said on January 19, 2008 at 1:25 am

    I have tried many alternative to the standard Explorer, and I have to say that, to me, there is one file manager that REALLY stands out above any other out there, for many reasons : XYplorer

    It comes with lots of amazing features that really helps you improve you daily life, from simple things life excludig the extension from the selection while renaming a file, or the ability to move/copy to new folder created on the fly, or using the file’s name as default name for that new folder, to revolutionary features like its Catalog, the “New Items” feature so you can create new documents or full folder structure in one click, or the highlighting features which are not only awesome, but unique and highly addictive.

    Truth be told, the whole application is highly addictive, very well thought, small, fast, and 100% portable !

    And it comes with the best support any user ever experienced, and an amazing & constant development.

    I couldn’t recommend it more, and now with Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts, User-Defined Comamnds (and Scripting on its way), the level of power and customization it will allow to really improve your workflow is nothing but phenomenal !

    No, I am not involved (or paid), but a daily user of the application, which I love and simply couldn’t live without anymore.

    I urge everyone to check out the great source of documentation for XYplorer at and to try it out, you won’t regret it!

  2. RG said on January 18, 2008 at 7:09 am

    A mature excellent freeware is out there and it beats most in my opinion, I am really thinking I should write to its author and tell him to promote it more because I don’t see it mentioned much (and no, I am not him nor work for him) Its called Ac Browser Plus.

  3. jawwad said on January 16, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    In my opinion Directory Opus 9 is very powerful and is customizable in an almost limitless number of ways. But personally I don’t need that much power and I prefer QTTabBar that has just the required amount features that I need.

  4. gokudomatic said on January 16, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    after a try of frigate, I still prefer freecommander. it has less functionalities and is more buggy but the footprint is much smaller, doesn’t require any install, the tortoise cvs/svn is fully supported(icons, contextual menu…) and I can use it at my work place. and most of the missing features can be completed with free 3rd party softwares.
    The only thing that could make me switch would be the feature to subdivide panels like in blender(as many as I want and in the way I want)

  5. Matt Borja said on January 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    It’s an operating system enhancement. Another application; if it makes life easier for someone and works for them, then great!

    I know I appreciate applications like feature rich FTP clients that can upload entire directories, automate synchronizations, edit and upload on the fly, etc. versus doing it all manually through the command line using Windows’ ftp command. That’s the difference right there.

  6. Tobey said on January 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    sorry Martin, it works but takes some time before the countdown appears and before then it doesn’t work. My bad.

    Oops, sorry about the link again – you need to copy it manually into address bar to display the image. Had it tested by 2 people, it displayed then.

  7. Rico said on January 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Tobey, as far as i know, Freehostia doesn’t allow image hotlinking. Reallyfreehosting does, as well as a FTP uploads. :)

  8. gokudomatic said on January 16, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    pretty interesting. I was with freecommander until now, but this looks better(but freecommander is always free).

  9. Stefan said on January 16, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Tobey’s link is wrong.

  10. Martin said on January 16, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Tobey what’s wrong with editing comments ? test

  11. Tobey said on January 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Since editing comments seems not to work properly atm, I have to write a separate one:

    If interested, you can check out what a customized Frigate can look like here:


  12. Tobey said on January 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, I must say Frigate is a very powerful tool (becoming even more powerful with the support of TotalCommander plugins, which I haven’t tried though) comprising a lot of features that make folder navigation much easier like a tree-view, thumbnail view and more, all of which can be simply activated and dismissed with a keyboard shortcut just like most other commands.

    Switch to different “sessions” quickly by pressing ALT+arrows, customize colors and appearance of the manager, use quick view to show you a hint of files’ contents, switch to different drives and functions like default shell folders using a hotkey, set hotkeys for favorite folders, set a hotkey (Scroll Lock) to show/hide the manager from/to tray and much more. With small built in utilities, it’s really easy to quickly preview media files, edit various documents and so on. Use filters to quickly select multiple files w/ common properties and manage content in many ways. Included FTP client is able to deal with any of your needs and accounts……..

    The screenshot above shows its default state but in fact it can look and serve much better after some minor customization. Give it few minutes to set up and get a great file manager for every-day use. Brilliant choice.

  13. Stefan said on January 16, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I’m quite happy with Windows Explorer for Windows XP but I definitively need a replacement for the crappy file management of Windows Vista. I’ll give Frigate3 a try.

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