TOP 6 JavaScript file explorers for frond-end file management purpose in 2020

File management is an urgent need in many business applications. Therefore, we have prepared an overview of the most functional, beautiful, and popular JavaScript File Managers that you can integrate into your client-server solution. Even if you do not have a direct need to work with files, you can always borrow the classic file explorer interface for other tasks. For example, in this article, we have already given several examples where the classic interface can become the basis for a new web application.

1. Webix File Manager

We have put this widget in the first place, because we consider it to be one of the most functional and useful among all similar solutions. We have already done a detailed review of it, which you can find here. The new version, which was released earlier this year, contains many improvements:

  • dual panel mode
  • preview panel
  • thumbnail support for image files
  • built-in media player
  • text editor
  • many other features.

It is worth noting the beautiful design, and a ready-made set of icons, which are included in the delivery. And in our opinion, the Webix library offers the best solution available on the market. Webix File Manager is a ready-made SPA. Its interface is designed to simplify the process of customization and integration into third-party solutions.

Website: https://webix.com/filemanager/

Download link: https://webix.com/filemanager/download.html

2. Syncfusion File Explorer

The popular Syncfusion product offers its users a simple file management tool that strongly resembles Windows File Explorer. The developers have provided a somewhat simplified interface design, obviously assuming that users would develop and integrate their own design.

Website: https://www.syncfusion.com/javascript-ui-controls/js-file-manager

Download link: https://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/essential-js2

3. Bootstrap File Manager SDK

Another colorful and functional explorer, previously known as AlphaManager. It will definitely be the right choice for those who have decided to develop their solution on the Bootstrap platform

Website: https://js.plus/products/file-manager

4. DHTMLX File Explorer

DHTMLX offers a high-quality file manager that may be of interest to developers who have chosen this UI library.

Website: https://dhtmlx.com/docs/products/

Download link: https://dhtmlx.com/docs/download.shtml

5. DevExtreme

This library offers a simple but concise solution for managing files.

Website: https://js.devexpress.com/

6. elFinder

A somewhat chaotic and redundant file manager built with jQuery.

Website: https://github.com/Studio-42/elFinder

When we started writing this review, we were hoping to provide a few more file management solutions. But among the many projects reviewed, there are not many complete applications that continue to be supported and updated. At the time of writing this article, an interview was published with Bernd Gewehr (head of IT Department of Vössing Engineering), where he talks about an interesting case of adapting the Webix File Explorer interface. This once again emphasizes the exceptional value of this product.

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