The (File) Browser provides quick access to sample collections, presets and projects from within FL Studio.

  • Load / Open item - Most items can be dragged from the Browser onto a compatible location in FL Studio (FL desktop, Plugin, Channel, Mixer, Edison, etc). Alternatively, Right-click an item to 'send' it to a particular location. See the section 'Using Browser content' below for more details.
  • Docking - The Browser can be docked to either the left or right side of the main window, by dragging it to either side of the screen. Click and drag on the word 'Browser' in the header bar. See video here
  • Can't see the Browser? - Turn it on using the Shortcut panel or press ( F8).

  • Add folders - Use the File Settings 'Browser extra search folders' list to add your own folders to the Browser list. See video here
  • Auto-open Browser folders - Auto open related folders as plugins are selected, select 'Browser Snapshot > Auto' (1).
  • Important project folder - The Current project folder will show all data associated with the currently loaded project. Useful for finding unwanted automation or initialized controls.
  • Backup - The Backup settings are on the FILE tab on the System Settings dialog.
  • Windows Explorer - Right-click folders and select Windows shell menu > Open. See video here.

More tutorial videos here - The Browser Video Tutorial Playlist.

This page covers:


  1. Browser Menu - Options menu including search functions. The options here are discussed in more detail in the 'Browser Menu' section below.
  2. Collapse Structure - Collapses all expanded folders in the Browser window.
  3. Reread Structure - Rereads the contents of all folders in the Browser. Click this button to see any new files and folders that were created after FL Studio was started.
  4. Browser Snapshot - Remembers Browser state for quick recall. To save a Browser state click on the down-arrow (4), select a slot to hold the configuration, open the Browser to state you want.
  5. Close - Closes the Browser, as does ( F8).
  6. Divider - Left-click to drag the divider to change the width of the Browser. The divider can snap to a second position, move the divider to the desired location then Right-click to swap between the new and/original location. Pop-out file-name view - File names obscured by the right edge of the Browser can be read by placing the mouse cursor over the item.
  7. Scroll bar - Click & drag or click to focus and scroll mouse-wheel. Quick Zoom - Hold Shift + Scroll -wheel.

Using Browser content

NOTE: Wav files may contain tempo and tempo-sync meta-data. This will be read by FL Studio if the General settings > 'Read sample tempo information' option is selected. If this information is used the preview will be time-stretched to match the tempo of the project and the sample may be similarly stretched when loaded into the Playlist. This can cause unexpected behavior if the tempo data saved in the sample is wrong. You can load any samples into Edison and open the File properties dialog to change the value of any incorrectly tagged samples.

Browser Menu

The Browser menu contains the following options -

Browser Folders

Adding your own folders

To make your own folders visible in the Browser, use the File Settings 'Browser extra search folders' list to add (up to 10 of) your own folders. These folders appear in the Browser in green font.

NOTE: The 'extra search folders' and their sub-folders are searched for samples & sounds when loading projects, so it's generally not advised to set the root of any drive as a search folder since this can make load-times for projects very long (while the whole drive is searched).

Current project (dynamic folder)

The Browser contains a special folder named Current project. The contents of this folder change dynamically to match the currently loaded project, when expanded it shows: A list of patterns that contain automation events for any automated controls in the project. For more information, see the Current project page.

Plugin Picker

The Plugin Picker database contains a collection of plugin presets ready to be dragged and dropped on the FL Studio interface. This list is also accessible from the Plugin Picker ( Ctrl+F8) pop-up window. The Plugin Picker displays the plugins in the database as an array (generators left, effects right, as shown below). To use the Plugin Picker, click, hold & drag the icon of the plugin you want to use. The picker interface will close leaving you holding the plugin ready to drop on the desired location inside FL Studio. Alternatively double-clicking a plugin will load it into a new channel or double-clicking an effect will load it into the currently selected mixer track.

Adding plugins to the Plugin database ( video tutorial here).
  1. Open the Plugin database ( Shift+F8) at the location where you want to save the plugin. NOTE: Plugins may be saved to more than one location in the database, just repeat the method with a new location open.
  2. Open the plugin to be added to the database so you can see the plugin's interface.
  3. Save the plugin to the database by selecting the Plugin Wrapper menu option 'Add to plugin database'.
  4. Click OK to the popup and a thumbnail screenshot will be saved to the database at the currently opened location.

    NOTE: Advanced users can manually re-arrange the plugin database, located in the FL Studio installation directory at "..\Data\Patches\Plugin database". If you have extensively customized the list you may want to make an external backup copy of this directory as a precaution against loss of data during future FL Studio installations.

Browser Icons

Each file in the Browser has a special icon located next to its name, indicating file type:

FL Studio project files

Samples and Patches

Left-click the icon to preview sample and some presets (excluding SoundFonts). Right-click to send to the currently selected channel or new Sampler, Granulizer or Fruity Slicer channel. Most Browser items can be applied with a drag and drop action. For example to apply a channel preset to a channel, just drag and drop the preset on the appropriate channel settings button (see Step Sequencer) or drop it directly on the Channel Settings window. You can drop the channel preset or sample below the last channel to create new one.