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  • Total Commander icon

    Total Commander

    Total Commander is a shareware Orthodox File Manager (OFM) for Windows. It costs 32€. Some features include a built-in FTP client, file compare, archive file navigation, and a multi-rename tool with regular expression support. From...

    Commercial Windows Android Android Tablet Windows Mobile

  • Double Commander icon

    Double Commander

    Double Commander is a cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas. Features Unicode support Tabbed interface Multi-rename tool...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Dolphin File Manager icon

    Dolphin File Manager

    Dolphin is a file manager for KDE focusing on usability. Has three view modes: Icon, Detail and it used to have Column View like in Finder (it is not available in current version due to problems with maintaibility). Supports FTP, SCP...

    Open Source Linux KDE

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    Nautilus

    Nautilus (Files) is a file manager designed to fit the Gnome desktop design and behaviour, giving the user a simple way to navigate and manage its files.

    Open Source Linux

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    QTTabBar

    QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser. It comes with a number of nifty features including a favorites function for launching folders and applications, groupings of...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

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    XYplorer

    XYplorer is a file manager for Windows. It features tabbed browsing, a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly customizable interface, optional dual pane, scripting engine, and a large array of unique ways to efficiently...

    Commercial Windows

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    Q-Dir

    Q-Dir makes your files and folder easy to manage. Fast and easy access, with an amazing Quadro-View (4 panes) technique. You dont have to renounce the usual, Drag and Drop, all Views, and other functions of your system. No! Q-Dir...

    Free Windows

    • MC is a text based file manager, Q-Dir is mostly graphical and is based on Windows Explorer whereas MC is self-contained. Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Thunar

    Thunar is a new modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. Thunar has been designed from the ground up to be fast and easy-to-use. Its user interface is clean and intuitive, and does not include any confusing or useless...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

    • Because it is for X, I need a clear console alternative. Like Norton Commander VS Far VS Dos Navigator. Guest • 15 hours ago Disagree   Agree
  • Commander One icon

    Commander One

    Commander One is dual-pane file manager for OS X created in Swift, which enables you to manage your files in the best possible way. You will get the dual-pane interface for easy moving and copying files from one place to another;...

    Freemium Mac

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    Far Manager

    Far Manager is a program for managing files and archives in Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary actions: * viewing files...

    Open Source Windows

    • At first glance the interface looks identical. Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Multi Commander

    Multi Commander has a lot of file manager features. This list It is not even close to complete. There are so many features and tweaks in Multi Commander that not everything can be listed here. Layout • Dual Panel • Tabs •...

    Free Windows

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    muCommander

    muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface. It runs on any operating system with Java support (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris...).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud BSD

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    Krusader

    Advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE and other desktops in the *nix world, similar to Midnight or Total Commander. It provides all the file management features you could possibly want: extensive archive handling...

    Open Source Linux

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    Explorer++

    Explorer++ is a free file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project is no longer updated. Last version, 1.3.5, released in February 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Forklift

    "Dual pane file manager and SFTP/FTP client for Mac OS X ForkLift is designed to be the fastest, most powerful file manager for the Mac. Connect to FTP or SFTP servers, manage your Amazon S3 account or your mobile devices over...

    Commercial Mac

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    xplorer²

    xplorer² is a desktop file manager combining the simplicity of windows explorer with the speed and efficiency of traditional dual pane orthodox file managers, helping you be productive with your documents, pictures, music, source...

    Freemium Windows

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    Sunflower

    Open source, small and highly customizable twin-panel file manager for Linux with support for plug-ins. Main goal is to create easy to use and powerful file manager seamlessly integrated into Gnome desktop environment.

    Open Source Linux

  • ranger

    ranger is a file manager with VI key bindings. It provides a minimalistic and nice curses interface with a view on the directory hierarchy. The secondary task of ranger is to psychically guess which program you want to use for opening...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    NexusFile

    NexusFile is a file manager for Windows. You can manage many files very fast and easily. NexusFile will increase your computing performance. If you still use Windows Explorer, you must try this one. Batch Rename, Dual Panes...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued last version 5.3.3 (2012.12.08)
  • SpaceFM icon

    SpaceFM

    Multi-panel tabbed file and desktop manager with built-in VFS, udev- or HAL-based device manager, customisable menu system, and bash integration.

    Open Source Linux

  • Xfe icon

    Xfe

    Fast, light, and flexible file manager. Xfe only requires the FOX library to be fully functional. Plus, it can be launched from the command line in a fraction of second. Xfe can also efficiently complete terminal commands.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    Nomad.NET

    Nomad.NET is a powerful dual-pane file manager complete with breadcrumbs, thumbnails, integration with explorer plugins, and even support for multiple tabs. Using Nomad.NET requires very little explanation. Just download, extract...

    Free Windows

  • Sunrise Commander icon

    Sunrise Commander

    The Sunrise Commander is a richly featured double-pane file manager for the Emacs editor that combines the power of dired and the convenience of orthodox file managers (Midnight Commander, Far, etc).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux GNU Emacs

  • Caja icon

    Caja

    Caja is a fork of Nautilus from GNOME 2 and is native to the MATE Desktop Environment. It is a file manager like the Windows Explorer (not to confuse with Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge), but for Unix/BSD and Linux. ...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    Vifm

    Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands.

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Batch File Manager icon

    Batch File Manager

    Rename, move, copy, delete, and otherwise manage multiple files. Rename multiple files according to the rules and pattern you specify using powerful editor with syntax highlighting. Copy, move files to folders specified using...

    Commercial Windows

  • FenrirFS icon

    FenrirFS

    FenrirFS is a file management software where you can easily view everything in 3 different modes and manage any kind of file using labels. This software is full of original functions, such as being able to preview files without...

    Free Windows

  • DOS Navigator OSP

    Dos Navigator Open Source Project is dedicated for development of the popular file shell Dos Navigator (DN) through collective efforts of an open group of programmers.

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Hasn't been maintained in 10 years.
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Midnight Commander Comments

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Positive Comment by caiocco
about Midnight Commander Jan 2015

Midnight Commander or MC for short, is just a classic file manager for Linux and other similar environments. It's stable, well documented and have a well designed TUI (text user interface), also, Midnight Commander has a very good support for network protocols, you can easily access files using SFTP, for example.

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Not running under Windows

Comment by JurgenG
about Midnight Commander May 2012

In contrary to what the review says, I don't see a binary for Windows.
I can't comment on the option to completely compile MC from source, but I would think it's tied into the *NIX environment pretty tightly.

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I can't imagine any more how to manage files on OS X or Lin ...

Comment by mklhmnn
about Midnight Commander Jun 2011

I can't imagine any more how to manage files on OS X or Linux without the MC.

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