Root Explorer APK

Version 4.8.1 - com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer
Last updated: 2020-06-04

The ultimate file manager for rooted devices. The original and still the best.

Root Explorer apk

APP Information

Download Version 4.8.1 (183)
Apk Size4.48 MB
App DeveloperSpeed Software
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android4.0.x and up
App Packagecom.speedsoftware.rootexplorer.apk

Download Root Explorer 4.8.1 APK

App Description

Root Explorer is speedsoftware,rootexplorer,productivity,root,explorer, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 4.34 by 1025 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit Speed Software website who developed it. com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer.apk apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 4.0.x and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 4.8.1 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 4655391+ times on store. You can also download com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

Root Explorer is the ultimate file manager for root users. Access the whole of android's file system (including the elusive data folder!).

Features include multiple tabs, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and network (SMB) support, SQLite database viewer, Text Editor, create and extract zip or targzip files, extract rar archives, multi-select, execute scripts, search, remount, permissions, bookmarks, send files (via email, bluetooth etc), image thumbnails, APK binary XML viewer, change file ownergroup, create symbolic link, "Open With" facility, MD5, create shortcuts.

For fast, friendly support simply email us:

We will always try to help with any problem you may have with the app. If we can't help then you can have a refund, no questions asked.

Although 22,000+ five star ratings will tell you that most people are very satisfied customers. Make sure you read as many comments as possible to get a good idea of what most people think of the app.

We still respect the old 24 hour refund policy. So if you're not happy with the app just email us within 24 hours and you can have a refund. We'll need to know the order number, which you can find on the emails sent to you by Google when you downloaded.

Why compromise? Get the original and the best!

New permissions:

Full network access - Required for network and cloud access. No information is passed to us over the internet.

Add or remove accounts - Used by the Google Drive SDK to add a new account if desired. No changes are made to existing accounts and no details accessed apart from the account name.

Find accounts on the device - Used to list available accounts for logging into Google Drive.

Prevent from sleeping - Used to stop the device sleeping during long operations so they are not interrupted. 

App ChangeLog

  • v4.8
  • • Pull down to refresh
  • • Support for opening and extracting from 7-Zip archives (Android 8+ only)
  • • Fix for problem opening shortcuts pointing to empty folders
  • v4.7 ~ 4.7.3
  • • Multiple text editor/viewer improvements
  • • Support for opening and extracting from password protected zip files

App Screens

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Name:Root_Explorer_4.8.1-(scanned by A2ZAPK.COM).apk

Apk scan results

Apk Scaned By TotalVirus Antivirus,com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer.apk Was Risky.Detected 2 From 55 Scan.
Scan Stats:confirmed-timeout:0|failure:2|harmless:0|malicious:0|suspicious:0|timeout:0|type-unsupported:12|undetected:60|
Name:Root_Explorer_4.8.1-(scanned by A2ZAPK.COM).apk
Name:base.apk SHA-1:559414d20b36e041dd834a770c16d27205b42be7 SHA-256:2f60c2c4aa843527724dc1ed71a5b3b483c323a4903f98c14c403d12a84366ab SSDEEP:98304:Fy6XS+Zc/m5Czd2kfjHu1Q1xnGiT+7CDi6y/6t72Mw+H/zjeT:5C+Zc/m4mIxGiJm6MMw+H/2 File type:Android Magic:Zip archive data, at least v2.0 to extract File size:4692967 Uncompressed Size:8723741 Contained Files :1082 Contained Files By Type:0:1,DSA:1,MF:1,SF:1,css:1,dex:1,gz:1,jks:1,map:1,png:564,raw:1,txt:2,xml:353,


requires following permissions on your android device.

android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows an application to view the status of all networks.
android.permission.ACCESS_SUPERUSER: Unknown permission from android reference
android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows an application to view the information about the status of Wi-Fi.
android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE: Unknown permission from android reference
android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows an application to access the list of accounts known by the phone.
android.permission.INTERNET: Allows an application to create network sockets.
android.permission.MANAGE_ACCOUNTS: Allows an application to perform operations like adding and removing accounts and deleting their password.
android.permission.REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES: Unknown permission from android reference
android.permission.WAKE_LOCK: Allows an application to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to the SD card. Unknown permission from android reference Unknown permission from android reference Unknown permission from android reference
com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer.permission.C2D_MESSAGE: C2DM permission.
view network connections
Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

view Wi-Fi connections
Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.

find accounts on the device
Allows the app to get the list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.

full network access
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

prevent phone from sleeping
Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.

modify or delete the contents of your SD card
Allows the app to write to the SD card.

install shortcuts
Allows an application to add Homescreen shortcuts without user intervention.

receive data from Internet
Allows apps to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app's service. Using this service will incur data usage. Malicious apps could cause excess data usage.


Certificate Issuer:C:UK, CN:Colin Speed, L:Dawlish, O:Speed Software, ST:Devon, OU:Company
Certificate Subject:C:UK, CN:Colin Speed, L:Dawlish, O:Speed Software, ST:Devon, OU:Company







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Google Play Reviews

  1. Google User-avatar

    good app. been using it for years. all the other file explorers are garbage compared to this one. the navigation can be a little more intuitive and more user friendly, but it does the job and has all the options i need in a file explorer.

  2. Kevin 111-avatar

    apk I dont really need root access or something. But the free version of this app has been my absolute favorite file navigation app for 5 years now, and I wanted to support the developers for the awesome app.

  3. Sam S-avatar

    pro apk if I could figure out how to get to show proper file sizes to display, that would be swell. Some display most don't unless I view properties. If root explorer is acting as Root, shouldn't it be able to pwn any task at hand? Either way, thanks for having a awesome UI to navigate the clusterfk of code on my mobile device. Guess I'll have to wait until I get a quantum computer to fix it.

  4. July Akbar-avatar

    android Error Force Close, New USB Drive Tab (OTG), And Setting Preferences Start When USB Drive Is Connected (Error Force Close). Device Redmi Note 7 MIUI EU Rom, Please Fix And Update. Thank..

  5. Otieno Asiyo-avatar

    windows Been using and loving this app for years; the only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the eyestraining white flash on startup clashing with dark mode.

  6. ian villanueva-avatar

    pro Very nice and usefull app.. the only way i wanted u guys to add is like the features from rar app that can acctully copy & paste files inside the zip wihout extracting the file if that fratures come no one can ever replace this app

  7. Dipanjan Pal Chowdhury-avatar

    Dipanjan Pal Chowdhury


    app The best file explorer hands down, have been using since ice cream sandwich days

  8. Dennis Gonzales-avatar

    Dennis Gonzales


    4pda Perfect application for browsing Root Directory. Definitely recommend the app, Worth the money!

  9. MidgetKid TV-avatar

    without root I LOVE this app! It allows me to download songs that are not allowed for use in a game called Geometry Dash, it's awesome experience! There is no file manager better than this! This is amazing! Very well performing!

  10. Michael H-avatar

    mod apk Finally purchased this app after all these years. Thank you!

  11. chewykernel-avatar

    Rock solid and trusted to perform as a root file manager should.

  12. Martin Husák-avatar

    Awesome file manager. Very stable and well performing. For the future, I would like to have more setttings/options for archive management. Also, what I really miss is transfer speed indication (for example when copying to NAS etc., competition has this). Keep up the good work!

  13. Dan W-avatar

    First thing installed every time I've ever gotten a new device rooted.

  14. Anak Dewa-avatar

    Cannot edit hosts

  15. Igors Stadniks-avatar

    Fraud. No root access to Xiaomi redmi note 7. Waste of money

  16. Jonathan Moreno-avatar

    Jonathan Moreno


    Best root, real root explorer!! on Android for many many years,this apk is for pro people

  17. Lance K Shimabukuro-avatar

    Lance K Shimabukuro


    One of the first app I've ever installed on recommend by XDA on my 1st Android phone, the Galaxy SII, MANY years ago. It's proven to be one of my core apps I use daily. Very reliable & useful. I still use it on my current phone, the Kyocera Duraforce Pro, even tho its impossible to root (no thanks to the morons @ Kyo). Latest update has resolved my one minor issue, the inability to remember where in a folder with lots of files I was at when returning to that folder. Thank you very much!

  18. Psytech Nic-avatar

    Used it since froyo HTC desire, been on every device since. Great for multiple attached storage (sd card, usb otg and amazingly network smb). Highly recommended, no ads, updated as needed, nice and clean interface.

  19. Kellic AnonymousTiger-avatar

    Kellic AnonymousTiger


    ive had this app for years. it's always been good software. this loses a star because as far as I can tell once you initiate a transfer and minimize the progress screen there's no way to get it back even by tapping on the notification that there's a background operation in progress. so you never get to see how far along the transfer is.

  20. Javier Grinfeld-avatar

    Javier Grinfeld


    This was my first purchased application, since Android cupcake or something like that- and is the first app I install on any device after rooting or flashing ROM. Sure, there are many file explorers out there, some much fancier which I also use, but when need to manipulate root folders, change permissions etc. there is none better than this reliable app!

  21. Robin Knauerhase-avatar

    Robin Knauerhase


    This is probably the very best file-manager program out there. I can't think of a feature I wanted that it didn't have, including nearly all of Unix' cp, mv, find, chmod, tar, ln -s, and so on. Even if your device isn't rooted, it's useful in the parts of the filesystem you can get to (including sdcard and mounted USB sticks). Good medicine!

  22. A Google user-avatar

    Used app for years own the pro version or what ever dev calls the paid version. Last update broke everything. I used it o scan my archives with out having to extract. now have to extract whole archives. Wouldn't have made them so big if I new his app was going to fail me. changed review do to really fast personal response by developers and was promised problem should be addressed next update. crossing fingers.

  23. Daniel L-avatar

    This excellent file manager has it all, EXCEPT "pull down to refresh" (as many other reviewers have pointed out). It is about time this standard feature is incorporated into the app! It is tideous and clunky to have to reach for the top right corner and press twice to refresh a folder.

  24. A Google user-avatar

    I've been using Root Explorer since the beginning, from file sharing, to unzipping, to copy/pasting files, to edit txt files, to open as test, to modify system files and set back correct permission, to sort files from most recent... there's nothing you cannot do Root Explorer on your device.

  25. Damjan Grubelić-avatar

    Damjan Grubelić


    The best file manager app out there. After years of extensive use I am certain that there is no match to this app's UI, features and lots of little conveniences packed with every feature. I tried ES File Explorer, FX FE, Root Browser and many more, but this app was and still is the best option. (Even without FTP - which is the only downside. Luckily I got it in Xiaomi's native file manager)

  26. Любовь Барановская-avatar

    Любовь Барановская


    Some from latest versions broke ability to view files content inside archive without explicit extracting file. For example, earlier I can click a zip archive - it is opened, click a txt file in archive - it is opened in a text viewer. Now - error FileNotFoundException ENOENT.

  27. Dr. Nugroho-avatar

    Among the best in the past. But broke down recently. Problems in: 1. Scrolling through photos. 2. Zip file. Other recommendation: Let the tab stay in place when pressing back button, I.e. not go back to root folder.

  28. Bryan Yee-avatar

    When opening files that require root through Root Explorer, using other apps (QuickEdit Text Editor), it says " open failed: EACCES (Permission denied)". When opening the same file through other file managers like total commander, no exception occurs and I can open the file in QuickEdit.

  29. Mike Henke-avatar

    Has been my file explorer for several years now. However, after the recent 10-22-18 update, the app FC's when trying to enter my bookmarks or root partition. Pixel 2 xl on 9.0. Hopefully a fix is found soon. Thank you.

  30. matt nero-avatar

    just want to clarify for people looking to get access to root folders on their phone withiut rooting your phone, this app will NOT work for you. It says you must root your phone to access those folders. Could be a great app but i was hoping it would allow access to those folders so not for me.

  31. Charlie Angus-avatar

    Recently I have noticed that I can not attach files to emails any more. It used to work so must be due to the recent updates. I had to install an alternative file manager to make it work. I hope that you can fix this issue.

  32. A Google user-avatar

    I've been using Root Explorer for many years and have never had a single issue. It has always been, and remains, the only File Browser i will ever need on Android.

  33. Luna's Studio-avatar

    although it might be because of my device ( android ) but it didn't let me root anything which made me quiet sad. but if you have an IOS or a pc then it might work amazingly but with me it didn't work at all....

  34. Donovan Wolf-avatar

    This was the most amazing file manager back in October 2012, and it is STILL the best file manager and has only gotten better. One of the few remaining apps that didn't sellout from the good old days!

  35. Mike S-avatar

    Very nice app for digging deep into your phone. Great part of a tool set, for finding and yanking outthe bloatware and un needed garbage service providers and Google stick on the users phone.

  36. A Google user-avatar

    I enjoy using root explorer. I find the configuration of features effective for easy manipulation of the file system. I think that the GUI could benefit from improvement.

  37. A Google user-avatar

    Best root file manager, tried plenty of others but this one has been the most reliable for over 5 years. One of the first apps I install on a new device.

  38. Brian Lemieux-avatar

    ** UPDATE 1/2/19 ** Fixed issues with scrolling pictures, but folders with .nomedia files don't work, they did in the past.

  39. Ben.S Ang-avatar

    So far so good.. extremely useful,and user friendly. i am still exploring more in the application and learning as i realised details and knowledge in utilizing this app seems to be never ending.

  40. David Megginson-avatar

    David Megginson


    A little too feature-heavy and unfocused, but generally good. Deleting or moving many files is much slower than with a command-line app.

  41. George Foundas-avatar

    This app worked (with limited functionality) on unrooted devices quite well for a long time, but this is no longer the case.

  42. Mike Downey-avatar

    My dropbox tab no longer works since the last update. I can see the files listed but can not open, copy, or move anything from within.

  43. Vojtěch Weiss-avatar

    Best app. But it seems that it is struggling with portable SD, sometimes it complains about access rights, but all access rights were given. Using AOSP 9

  44. Alan Shea-avatar

    The best file manager for Android ever! Allowed me to accomplish in 5 minutes what I've been trying to do for months with 10 other close to useless apps.

  45. David Grim-avatar

    Been using it for years. If you root your phone this is one of the must have apps, Only thing I wish it would work with are external drives. Works with sd cards though,

  46. Wouter H.-avatar

    Finally a fully functional root browser that has a clean, and easy to use UI! Really worth the few bucks.

  47. Zepe Reira-avatar

    Just paid for the app. And it's useless. It doesn't even recognize root files on Xperia Z2 android 6.1, which Solid Explorer (free) does perfectly

  48. James Kelley-avatar

    Has been an excellent app.Always one of the first installs. Paid for it back in 2013 I believe and its always been worth it!

  49. Billy-avatar

    i love this file manager/explorer! I've tried a LOT of them but thia is the one I stick with on all my devices.

  50. Michael Rogowski-avatar

    Michael Rogowski


    one of the recent updates broke the ability to scroll through pictures in a folder when opened from within the app

  51. A Google user-avatar

    This used to be great, but now cannot get write privileges on SD card

  52. Jason-avatar

    Superb file manger with everything you need to mange your files... Only request is change the app icon as its not ageing gracefully.

  53. El Guapo Guzmán-avatar

    El Guapo Guzmán


    After update crashes on opening Galaxy Note 4 Have used the Pro for years on various devices. Fix and will adjust rating accordingly.

  54. lupinthethird-avatar

    after updating from the version 4.4.1.... it has become useless..some problem to move or copy goods..does not open the root folder Galaxy Note 8 no root

  55. remarkable41-avatar

    Best file manager for rooted phones. Just wish the dev would update the UI to a more modern look.

  56. Xiang Yann Lim-avatar

    Very nice, fast responsiveness, dev friendly and sleek design.

  57. Kristopher MTS Baker-avatar

    Kristopher MTS Baker


    Even the free version is amazing! How you can be a root user and not use this app I don't know...gods bless you devs! Still the best!

  58. Farshid Roshanravan-avatar

    Farshid Roshanravan


    Still i can not go to next or previous picture if i open them through Root Explorer! No matter what picture viewer i use

  59. Mawmag Phils-avatar

    Good but total commander is much better for file management.

  60. Julio Lagara-avatar

    Simply the best! been using it since 2013 without sny issues.

  61. Amado Barrientos-avatar

    Amado Barrientos


    Excellent tool, have used it for years with no problems.

  62. E. Fine-avatar

    Best file explorer. Even for people with no root and super powerful for those with.

  63. Paul Demoor-avatar

    google spys in all of us forno reasons these are our devices but yet we are paying for there appsrunning in the background

  64. Leumas-avatar

    Fails most operations when files are named weird (e.g. some_name xyz jan 01 00:11:22 2018)

  65. Soybi Serrano-avatar

    my favorite file explorer.. i just have one request, can you also update the app icon itself. kinda looks old when mixed with other apps.

  66. justin-avatar

    the greatest file (root) explorer that has ever been developed. the only one any power user ever needs.

  67. Michael B-avatar

    Good app, great developer, root access. Highly recommended.

  68. insision-avatar

    thnx for gr8 only thing need to add is more colour option for folders..also while goin back donot close the tab

  69. Rpm-avatar

    I still can't find a way to format my SD card if needed to.

  70. Khaled Tarek-avatar

    Best explorer ever!, Fast ,Simple, Stable , Regular updates ♥️

  71. Võ Văn Trung-avatar

    only picture in camera folder can be slide next when open. please update. thank

  72. Tom Gayhart-avatar

    didnt work.. stated my device, Huawei Mate 10 Pro EMUI 9, did not have root setup. i want a refund.

  73. achintya vatsraj-avatar

    achintya vatsraj


    I am impressed, worth the money!

  74. K H-avatar

    The best! only root explorer that can browse root directory on h872 with aex




    i'm truely disappointed.i paid for this app to get root access and be able to efit the hosts file then i found it doesn't even offer this option.i need a refund.

  76. Wilford Leonard-avatar

    Wilford Leonard


    Well, it looks like the Speed Software Devs have done it again... Excellent!!!

  77. Val Mandantes-avatar

    Great, now all it needs is a redesign to the new material design.

  78. Ditto Prasetya-avatar

    but why shortcut file into home screen cannot working, after i use mipad 4

  79. Triple Threat-avatar

    Thank you so much for this app.

  80. yuhang rao-avatar

    Pixel Android8.1,Stop running frequently after update

  81. Cakra Diaz-avatar

    finally after years of committing necessary evil I can afford to buy this brilliant app

  82. Lorenzitto-avatar


  83. Antti-avatar

    dont even have root now but decided to buy, as i used it a lot in the past, and felt like supporting devs

  84. Jimmy Marsh-avatar

    Great app been using it for around five years

  85. tusshar tokade-avatar

    root colum is not worling at all. it tonfind another way. Better you can download (x-plore for free) to access root folders.

  86. A Google user-avatar

    I need a tv version and a watch version.

  87. PrideSharky-avatar

    does not offer root explorer option for s10 + instant refund

  88. Les B-avatar

    Does exactly what I want,love it.

  89. Daniel Sexton-avatar

    best root file explorer since day one around gingerbread days

  90. Rizal Zawawi-avatar

    Old school, best root explorer 👍

  91. MAD PiNOY-avatar

    its not effective. he will tell you look at the you tube for a solution

  92. Dan Brown-avatar

    Best root file manager!

  93. Ilya Dan-avatar

    IMHO The best file manager by far.

  94. Reyna Hernandez-avatar

    Reyna Hernandez


    Great file manager

  95. mind alien-avatar

    very trustworthy filemanager! 🙂

  96. Wahyu Widiyansyah-avatar

    Wahyu Widiyansyah


    The Best lah pokoknya. Friendly

  97. A Google user-avatar

    Gotta have tool on any rooted device

  98. Rich Brown-avatar

    very helpful dev. thank you

  99. Dream Catcher-avatar

    great app..thanks

  100. Brian Lamb-avatar

    Wouldn't edit rooted files