A noteworthy newcomer appeals visually to those who are into early desktop computing.


Our rating: 

Get It: Android
License: Free
Review & Alternatives: Best Free File Manager for Android
Categories: Disk & File, File Manager

Pros & Cons:

A unique user interface, visually appealing to those who are into early desktop computing. Also, no bloat while still having all basic file management tools included.
No obvious way to gain root privileges. There was a checkbox for that but it seems to have gone for now. The user interface is not always self-explaining and there is no good manual available.

Our Review:

Lime File Manager is the youngest file manager in this review. Having been published in early August 2013, it evolved rather quickly and is still undergoing rapid development with a couple of added features. Its main difference to the other file managers listed here is the lime-colored arcade-themed user interface which is humble but mighty.

Starting Lime is impressively fast. Once done, you are presented a clean white-black-lime-colored list (can be set to be a grid instead) of files with some sort of breadcrumb navigation on its top. If you prefer a more streamlined look, Lime's settings panel (available from the collapsed sidebar) allows you to use your system's default font instead of the own vintage "Shang hei" font (as seen on the screenshot); the author sadly removed the option to enable a black theme (useful for AMOLED) around version 1.5.0. The lime-colored banners all around the user interface won't go away though, but they are actually rather pretty anyway.

The icons above the file list let you switch between the particular parent directory, your device's root directory and your internal SD card. Long tapping a file or directory will enable the multi-selection mode which allows you to perform batch actions like copying, deleting etc. over multiple files at once. To leave this mode, you'll have to press the Back key. File actions are available by tapping the "menu" element on the right side of the file listing. Lime itself comes with a plethora of (basic but working) managing tools such as an archiver and a text editor. Adding bookmarks is easy too: Select a file or a folder and tap the star on the top right side of the window. All bookmarks are listed in the sidebar as "favorites".

Of course, Lime also has root support, you can traverse and edit "protected" system directories and files easily. Beware that Lime's user interface might let you forget that you are doing such. During my long-term test which lasted from the first versions to version 1.4.0, the only thing that confused me was that Lime sometimes doesn't handle root privileges well. On one smartphone it just froze for a while and worked well then, on another it did not even try to gain those rights. As Lime is actively being developed, I'm confident that this will be improved soon.

For now, Lime is a noteworthy newcomer and deserves a try. Maybe it is exactly what some of you needed.

Lime was reviewed by on based on version 1.5.3.