Some of Path Finder's features not found in the Finder include a dual-pane browser, terminal, StuffIt compression, an active process viewer, an application launcher, and .dmg disk images creation tools. Path Finder also includes tabs, not found in Finder until Mavericks.
Path Finder's functionality can be extended through a plugin architecture and ships with plugins for Subversion support and a hex viewer, among others.
The interface of Path Finder follows the common navigational file manager paradigm, also called the browser paradigm, as opposed to the spatial style. Most operations take place in a single window, although more windows or tabs can be opened. The interface can further be customized by enabling or disabling various panels and/or their corresponding functionality.