WinDirStat

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WinDirStat
Windirstat.png
Screenshot of WinDirStat
Developer(s)Bernhard Seifert and Oliver Schneider
Stable release1.1.2 (#2) / 2 September 2007; 6 years ago (2007-09-02)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDisk space analyzer
LicenseGNU General Public License
Websitewindirstat.info
 
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WinDirStat
Windirstat.png
Screenshot of WinDirStat
Developer(s)Bernhard Seifert and Oliver Schneider
Stable release1.1.2 (#2) / 2 September 2007; 6 years ago (2007-09-02)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDisk space analyzer
LicenseGNU General Public License
Websitewindirstat.info

WinDirStat is a graphical disk usage analyzer for Microsoft Windows, notable for presenting a sub-tree view with disk use percentage alongside a usage-sorted list of file extensions that is interactively integrated with a colorful graphical display (a treemap).[1][2][3] Created as an open source project released under the GNU GPL, it was developed using Visual C++/MFC 7.0. The project was inspired by KDirStat (a KDE application, since replaced by Filelight) for Linux.

Popularity[edit]

WinDirStat has been downloaded more than 4.2 million times from the official source since the original release in October 2003.[4] As of October 2011, it is the sixth most frequently downloaded "Storage" software on SourceForge with over 30,000 downloads per week.[5] The tool is still up to date and its usage is designed for all platforms.

Project status[edit]

The most recent release was in September 2007 and development stopped for some time after that. However, the project's blog noted that development resumed in May 2009.[6]

Source code[edit]

Source code is provided for all released versions on the SourceForge page in ZIP format.

WinDirStat is developed via Mercurial revision control.

Releases[edit]

WinDirStat releases are distributed through SourceForge.

Version history[edit]

VersionDateInformation
1.1.2 (#2)September 2007Added translations: Finnish, Dutch, Russian, Estonian
1.1.2 (#1)September 2006Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, and Czech translations. Minor optimization
1.1.1January 2005"Christmas Release" Pacman replaces progress bar, Polish translation, localization tweaks, documentation updates, bugfixes
1.1.0January 2004Added French translation, feature tweaks, bugfixes
1.0.1December 2003Bugfixes, added more display columns, added drive selection dialog
1.0.0October 2003First release. 1.0.0 README states: Design and many details are based on KDirStat (kdirstat.sourceforge.net). WinDirStat is "a KDirStat re-programmed for MS Windows".

Media reception[edit]

Some notable reviews are highlighted below.

Steve Bass of PC World provided a brief review of the 1.1.2 release of WinDirStat, summarizing its usefulness:

Windirstat is [a] colorful and nifty tool to check the makeup of your hard drive -- especially if you're looking for immense files. It scans your drive and produces a treemap that shows each file as a colored rectangle that's proportional to the file's size...[7]

CNET reviewed the most recent release of WinDirStat, giving it 5 of 5 stars and noting:

...this great piece of freeware offers you an informative visual display of your hard-drive usage... you'll see all of your files ... displayed in a rainbow of colors. WinDirStat assigns colors to each file type, such as MP3, ZIP, EXE, JPG, and so on. By default, the files that take up the most space are colored blue, the second heftiest are red, and the third largest green... WinDirStat is loaded with features for managing your files, such as the ability to automatically delete files without even bothering with the Recycle Bin. It's one of those tools that you didn't know you needed until you started using it, but once installed, it's hard to imagine life without it...[8]

Gizmo's Freeware directory featured WinDirStat in a January 2010 list of best free disk analysis software with a 4 of 5 stars review, noting:

The open source program WinDirStat is [an] outstanding program. It uses three ways to display the disk usage: a directory list, a file extension list and a rectangular treemap. The visual presentation, overall usability and scan speed makes this a great tool to visualize disk usage.[9]

The German computer magazine c't (magazin für computertechnik) published a review of WinDirStat with it bundled in a CD in October 2006.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yegulalp, Serdar (2010-03-10). "Top free troubleshooting tools for Windows". BusinessWeek. 
  2. ^ "Disk Space Analyzer: WinDirStat". Maximum PC: PC Fix-It Guide (Future US): 56. Summer 2007. ISSN 1522-4279. 
  3. ^ Immler, Christian (2005). Windows XP Professional. Franzis. p. 247. ISBN 978-3-7723-7206-3. 
  4. ^ "Browse WinDirStat: Windows Directory Statistics". SourceForge. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Storage software sorted by downloads". SourceForge. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Will resume development now". WinDirStat Blog. 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  7. ^ Bass, Steve. "Editorial Review of Windirstat". PC World. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  8. ^ "WinDirStat 1.1.2: CNET editors' review". CNET. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Best Free Disk Analyzer". Gizmo's Freeware. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  10. ^ "WDS featured in c’t". WinDirStat weblog. 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 

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