Long Path Fixer Logo, in large 256 pixel size. Long Path Fixer

Copy, Move, Rename and Delete files and folders with Very Long Paths.

Got a "Path Too Long" error in Windows? Try this free utility for moving, copying, renaming and deleting files and folders with Very Long Paths.


Because the alternative (Long Path Tool) is shit payware by a shitty company that employs idiots to spam the entire internet about their crappy product.

What does it do?

Simply put, Long Path Fixer is a program enables you to "get at" files and folders that Windows Explorer refuses to reach, that is, anything with a path longer than the Windows API can handle (MAX_PATH: 259 actual characters).

With Long Path Fixer, you can effortlessly manipulate files and folders with paths of up to 32,767 characters in length. No destination is "Too Long"!

How does it work?

Image of Long Path Fixer showing the contents of my C DriveLong Path Fixer presents you with a simple list of files and folders in the current directory (including "hidden" files and folders). You can drag and drop files or folders onto it and it will navigate directly to path of whatever you dropped.

From there, you simply click on the file or folder you want to move, copy, delete, and hit the appropriate button; Move, Copy or Delete. All these options are also available from the context (right-click) menu, as well as rename (I may add a button for that!), delete to recycle bin, copy the path and so on.

Image of Long Path Fixer context menu showing open and unlock optionsJust like Explorer windows, F5 refreshes the list.

The top item "●●" enables you to go UP, as if you hadn't guessed!

There is a drop-down menu at the top with all your available drives listed, so you can start navigating from there, use your up/down arrow keys to switch drives and so on. Having said that, it's usually easier to drag-and-drop items directly from Explorer.

Note: if you drag a shortcut, Long Path Fixer will automatically resolve the shortcut to its real location. If you would prefer to have it open at the actual .lnk file's directory, hold drown the <Ctrl> key whilst dropping the item onto the main window.

You can also have Long Path Fixer in your explorer directory context menu, and an option to enable this is available from Long Path Fixer's System Tray menu (see image below). This way you can right-click folders in Explorer and send them straight to Long Path Fixer, which will launch with your selected folder in view.

Alternatively, you can keep a shortcut in your SendTo menu, and send items from there. Or even drag and drop items directly onto Long Path Fixer, or a shortcut to it. If you send files, Long Path Fixer will open at the parent folder.

If you launch Long Path Fixer with no path on the command line (by clicking it directly), Long Path Fixer will remember your previous folder and start there, same goes for whatever destination folder you last chose to copy/move an item to - that's where the dialog will open next time around. Anything to save a few precious seconds!

On the subject of time-saving, if Long Path Fixer if buried beneath some windows on your desktop, hovering over its tray menu will jump it immediately to the front. There is also an option to stay on top, if you prefer.

What if an item is locked?

Long Path Fixer has a context (right-click) menu in its file list. If you select an item and right-click the list, you have the option to open the item using the default shell (Explorer) action (this is also what happens if you double-click a file), as well options as move, copy, rename and delete the selected item.

You can also copy the full path in short or long format to your Windows clipboard (paths longer than 259 characters will be automatically prefixed with the standard UNC-style prefix "\\?\", for compatibility).

There is also an "unlock" option..

Long Path Fixer uses the excellent (and free) LockHunter to do its unlocking, silently launching LockHunter in the background to unlock the file. I have nothing to do with LockHunter. I just think it's great software that everyone should have installed on their system! If you don't have LockHunter installed, then you should definitely go here..

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It STILL won't delete?

When dealing with hard-to-shift files of any description, it's best to run Long Path Fixer as an Administrator. If something won't delete, do that!

Portable operation..

Like all my Windows apps, if there is a copy of of the preference file (Long Path Fixer.ini) sitting right next to the program (Long Path Fixer.exe), it will automatically switch to portable mode, so you can happily put Long Path Fixer in a Pen-Drive, DVD, Blu-Ray, or wherever you like.

Normally, your Long Path Fixer.ini is stored in your user folder (C:\Users\<Your-name>\corz\Long Path Fixer). By the way, if you ever need to manually edit your preferences (unlikely), there is an option to do exactly that in Long Path Fixer's System Tray menu..


If you want to checks out the changes, fixes and what-not, go here.

Image of Long Path Fixer System Tray Menu, showing edit prefs option about to be selected

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Long Path Fixer for Windows

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Long Path Fixer for Windows x64

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Have fun!


p.s. Long Path Fixer is 100% FREE.

Making great tools for you is a full-time job. So if you saved some valuable time or frustration using Long Path Fixer, you can help support the development of this and many other fine works by sending a couple of quid (or more!) my way..

Thank you!

And a big thank you to orbs, for his work on the LFN UDF, Keep it up, man!

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Please feel free to comment below. All suggestions welcome. If you want to leave a bug report, please do so by MAIL. Thanks!

previous comments (eight pages)   show all comments

Cor - 25.05.18 2:59 am

Long Path Fixer has no undo facility.

I doubt your folder has "disappeared". If you moved it, it will be somewhere!


;o) Cor

André Lemos - 12.08.19 5:14 pm

Is there a way for long path fixer to skip existing files in folders instead of just saying the folder already exists?


Michael - 12.08.19 5:45 pm


this tool is very usefull. The only problem that I have: if I use "Long Path Fixer" to move folders and files from one directory into another, it moves it all, but after moving it doesn't change the permissions to the rights of the new above folder.

Do you have any idea how I can get the moved folders and files to get the permissions from the new folder?

Best regards


Alaa Kalakech - 23.09.19 6:03 pm


If there is a possibilty to put the percentage of copying the file,
if it was a big file to trasfer so you might not be able to see if it finished or not!!!

please advise !?

Duncan - 16.10.19 12:53 am

Migrating a sever to a new box and running headlong into a cluster wreck of file path too long errors. Found this tool and it does what it says on the tin.
2 requests:

1. It needs to be able to overwrite/skip existing files with the same name in the destination folder.

2. It needs some sort of progress indicator.

I'm transferring nearly 1 TB of files from one server to another and had partial success before running into the 'File path too long' problems. I have to delete the partially transferred folder (200 GB) before I can use this tool to grab all of the files missed before, otherwise the tool says the folder exists and aborts the copy.

Transferring this 1 TB of files takes quite a while. All I can use to tell that it is working is when I see a new folder pop up in the destination directory. and seeing if the memory and CPU values are changing in the task manager.

Please and Thank you.

Damien Brock - 12.05.20 8:48 pm

I would like to suggest you, try LongPathTool program to resolve this issue.
This tool is very helpful to resolve the issue.

Antony Upward - 21.05.20 12:31 am


Love the tool... have it run at startup :-)

But choosing "run minimized" in the shortcut that I have to LongPathFixer in the Startup folder still opens the LongPathFixer window.

Can we have an option to run LongPathFixer minimized so its icon only appears in the systray?


Nicole Sigaud - 24.06.20 8:08 am

Hello, I just discovered your software and tried it once to move a directory. Worked just nicely! Unfortunately, I had a problem when trying to delete a folder. It said that I don't have the correct permissions. I have all privileges on my laptop as Administrator, ran LPF as an Administrator as well. It is located in my Downloads folder, and the directory I want to delete is in an external driver. If you can help me, I'd be very grateful.

JOE - 02.08.20 1:38 pm


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