When comparing XtraFinder vs Finder.app, the Slant community recommends XtraFinder for most people. In the question“What are the best Mac file managers?” XtraFinder is ranked 11th while Finder.app is ranked 19th.
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Pro Old full-size color labels from OS X < 10.9
Pro Adds useful toolbar items
XtraFinder provides useful options for toolbar such as: Launch as Root, New Terminal Here, New File..., and Select...
Pro Additional right-click options
Xtra Finder provides additional options when performing the right click.
Pro Custom hotkeys
Pro Copy Path
Pro Can open a terminal in set position
XtraFinder can open up a terminal from the right-click menu in given path with "New Terminal Here".
Pro Dual panel
Split the Finder window into to windows to achieve better file handling.
Pro Colored icons in the Finder sidebar
Comes with your system, and is updated alongside the rest of it, so it should never break suddenly or lag in terms of supported features. This is the finder most software will expect to find and use.
Finder is well-supported by Applescript and/or Automator.
Con Doesn't work on recent macOS versions without a workaround
This tool doesn't work on recent macOS versions, except if you try workaraound that may or may not work. It involves disabling System Integrity Protection and details on how to do it can be found on the XtraFinder website.
Con Very few features
Need for a lot of external tools.
Con No cut option in context menu
Con No right click > create new folder option
Con Write index hidden files to all external storages you connect to
Con Sorts folders between files in some settings
Folders and sorting gets weird in some cases.
Con subfolders side-by-side but no file details
The side-by-side view of several sub folders is useful for many people, but in this view you loose all file details.