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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 Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet

  • File Explorer icon

    File Explorer

    File Explorer, previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing...

    Free Windows

  • Q-Dir icon


    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

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    Directory Opus

    Directory Opus provides a complete replacement for Explorer with far more power and functionality than any other file manager available today. Just some of the features include: Single or dual pane file display and trees Folder...

    Commercial Windows

  • muCommander icon


    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

  • Explorer++ icon


    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

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    • Discontinued The project is no longer updated.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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  • CubicExplorer icon


    CubicExplorer is a file manager which is aimed to replace Windows Explorer. It’s goal is to be easy and pleasant to use but still have enough power for more advanced usage. Its key features are tabs and bookmarks. It also has...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Last commit 2013, website no longer up. See
  • xplorer² icon


    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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    Unreal Commander

    Very powerfull two-panel interface commander. Unreal Commander has UNICODE support, Extended search of files, Multi-rename tool, Synchronization of directories, Support of archives ZIP, RAR, ACE, CAB, JAR, TAR, LHA, GZ, TGZ , Built-in...

    Free Windows

  • Altap Salamander icon

    Altap Salamander

    A small and two-pane file manager with open plugin architecture. Has the ability to view content of files (text, html, over 40 picture formats, mp3), support for archives (zip, rar, arj, cab, tar/gzip, etc.), and (S)FTP support.

    Commercial Windows

  • NexusFile icon


    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)
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  • Caja icon


    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

  • Dopus5 icon


    Dopus5 (short for Directory Opus 5) is a well-known Workbench clone for AmigaOS-based computer systems. It features file manager functionality and has been a popular Amiga software title for many years. After acquiring the sources...

    Open Source AROS AmigaOS MorphOS

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  • FileVoyager icon


    FileVoyager is a freeware file manager for Microsoft Windows using two panels of disks browsers.

    Free Windows

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  • Vifm icon


    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

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  • elokab file manager icon

    elokab file manager

    elokab-fm is full file manager for elokab desktop envirenement is Qt-based elokab-fm fast and lightweight file manager Available languages: French, English, Arabic.

    Free Linux

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  • ZTreeWin icon


    ZTreeWin is a fast and powerful text-mode file & directory manager, with many advanced features and an intuitive keyboard interface. Flexible dual or even four-panel view, persistent selection (tagging), flat folder view (branch)...

    Commercial Windows

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  • NERD tree

    The NERD tree allows you to explore your filesystem and to open files and directories in Vim. It presents the filesystem to you in the form of a tree which you manipulate with the keyboard and/or mouse. It also allows you to perform...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Vim

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • FenrirFS icon


    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

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  • Proto icon


    Proto is a fast, next-gen, freeware file manager. Unlike all the Norton Commander clones, this project introduces interesting and new approach to handling files. Incorporates some of the Jef Raskin's ideas regarding “Humane...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued No recent activity.
  • qtFM icon


    qtFM is a small, lightweight file manager for Linux desktops based on pure Qt and works great with minimal desktop environments like Openbox. Features: - lightweight, pure Qt, no kde libraries or other dependencies - full theme...

    Open Source Linux

  • Better Explorer icon

    Better Explorer

    This is a replacement for the standard Windows Explorer with more features for more convenience. Features: Archive Support: 7zip, xz, bzi2, zip, gzip, tar Folder/ Drive Size Chart: Easily FInd big files Ribbon: As known from...

    Open Source Windows Windows Explorer

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  • Fileboss icon


    FileBoss is the modern, robust and powerful - yet easy to use - file manager that enables you to control your files and file system rather than they controlling you. Once you use FileBoss you may never go back to Windows Explorer.

    Commercial Windows

V - The File Viewer Comments

I've used V for years now. I can't imagine having to use a ...

Comment by rjberry
about V - The File Viewer Jun 2011

I've used V for years now. I can't imagine having to use a PC without it. This program has undergone a long process of maturation and development, and it shows- there is capability and configurability in considerable depth, along with speed and a clean interface. The author is very responsive to user queries and welcomes input about potential new features.

While no one utility is going to be everyone's cup of tea, it's hard to see how V would not be a compelling choice for many. It deserves your evaluation.


I have used this program daily for about 10 years. The grid ...

Comment by sshoulta
about V - The File Viewer Jun 2011

I have used this program daily for about 10 years. The gridlines feature allows you to parse flat files that are not comma separated with titles for each field. Quick search and file handling features are a big plus for me, too.


Like the 3 comments below:- I've been using V since DOS.- I ...

Comment by rrosofsky
about V - The File Viewer Jun 2011

Like the 3 comments below:
- I've been using V since DOS.
- It's always been very fast. Even with hot hardware these days, who can say that about their bloatware, I mean, software?!
- One example of speed: You can search for a character string across multiple files, or directories, have the files that contain the string pop up in a list, open each file, and find where the string was found in highlighted attributes...all within seconds!
- The price to value ratio not only beats out all other software, but may even beat out the price to value ratio of basic rice and beans, a staple food source for billions of people around the world.
- Now that Prineas has added a form of bookmarking/highlighting text, it'll be even easier to mark and copy text/data from a file.


As a professional developer for 3 decades, I find "V - The ...

Comment by DrorHarari
about V - The File Viewer Jun 2011

As a professional developer for 3 decades, I find "V - The File Viewer" to be the best tool for viewing text files, binary files and archives (like zip and others). I have been using it daily for more than 10 years and it only gets better with time as Charles Prineas keeps enhancing it, keeping it modern and effective.

Here are just a few of the things I use V for:

- Analyzing huge log files from production environment and customers
- Browsing files inside archives like zip, rar, tar and gzip without opening the archives into a temporary directory like most other tools do.
- Quickly find patterns in text and binary files with the strong search capabilities of V (regular expressions, Unicode, binary and more)
- Very quickly navigate directories (much quicker than Windows Explorer)
- Editing text or binary files with integration with 3rd party tools like Notepad++ for text files and Frhed for binary files)
- View resources and source code inside Java JAR files (through integration with Jad to decompile .class files)
- View mainframe files encoded in EBCDIC
- Compare different sections of the same file side by side.
- Analyze character encoding issues in text files.
- Track log files as they are dynamically change (the Tail function).

There are many more good things to say about V but my character limit is approaching -- I highly recommend V!


V is the shell I use to manage networks and PC's, it's one ...

Comment by Mudgeepcs
about V - The File Viewer Jun 2011

V is the shell I use to manage networks and PC's, it's one of the best kept secrets of modern file management and viewing.

As a soon to retire network admin and security support operator, V needs to be at my fingertips to deliver solutions to users' without delay. I take the U3 version on a secured flash disk and this gives me the familiarity to solve problems and repair networks seamlessly. Like most I migrated from the legendary 'List' which viewed files in real mode, which V does effortlessly, but to me it does much much more, the ability to have a 'file spec' to filter directory reads, an associated editor [I use Notepad++] and recognise file systems in it's clean interface are the thing's I depend on to manage disks with V.

Charles, the Author of V is keen to hear from users' and include ideas they might have into it's design, that's partly why it is such a flexible application today - keep up the good work!


I have used V since back in the DOS (oh the memories!!) day ...

Comment by dsmart
about V - The File Viewer Jun 2011

I have used V since back in the DOS (oh the memories!!) days and moved on to the Windows version over the years. Simply put, there is nothing like it for pure simplicity and *zero* bloat. As a programmer, I like my file viewer to be quick, simple and functional. V is that. And Charles is always no more than an email away if you have a question, need support etc and none of that has changed one bit. Sure there are many alternatives, but imo nothing beats V for pure functionality, accessibility and ease of use.