Alternatives to V - The File Viewer for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • FreeCommander icon


    FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager, reminiscent of Norton Commander. Function to view...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    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...

    Free Windows

  • Nautilus icon


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

    Open Source Linux

  • XYplorer icon


    XYplorer is a file manager for Windows. It features tabbed browsing, a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly...

    Commercial Windows

  • Far Manager icon

    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...

    Open Source Windows

  • Directory Opus icon

    Directory Opus

    Directory Opus provides a complete replacement for Explorer with far more power and functionality than any other file manager...

    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud BSD

  • One Commander icon

    One Commander

    Free dual-pane file manager for Windows featuring tabs, columns, themes, long filename support, image converter, regex renaming and...

    Free Windows

  • Explorer++ icon

    Explorer++ Discontinued

    Explorer++ is a free file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows...

    Open Source Windows

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  • CubicExplorer icon

    CubicExplorer Discontinued

    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...

    Open Source Windows

  • xplorer² icon


    xplorer² is a desktop file manager combining the simplicity of windows explorer with the speed and efficiency of traditional dual...

    Freemium Windows

  • Unreal Commander icon

    Unreal Commander

    Very powerfull two-panel interface commander. Unreal Commander has UNICODE support, Extended search of files, Multi-rename tool...

    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...

    Commercial Windows

  • NexusFile icon

    NexusFile Discontinued

    NexusFile is a file manager for Windows. You can manage many files very fast and easily. NexusFile will increase your computing...

    Free Windows

  • Marlin icon


    Marlin is a new GTK3-based file manager for Linux, pretty slick and fast. Unlike most other file managers Marlin has included the...

    Open Source Linux

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  • FileVoyager icon


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

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • 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...

    Free Linux

  • Dopus5 icon


    Dopus5 (short for Directory Opus 5) is a well-known Workbench clone for AmigaOS-based computer systems. It features file manager...

    Open Source AROS AmigaOS MorphOS

  • ZTreeWin icon


    ZTreeWin is a fast and powerful text-mode file & directory manager, with many advanced features and an intuitive keyboard...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Tux Commander icon

    Tux Commander Discontinued

    Tux Commander is a windowed file manager with 2 panels side by side similar to popular...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • My Commander icon

    My Commander

    My Commander (MyCO) is "the small - smarter - fastest file manager in the world", archiver and ISO creator for Windows 7....

    Free Windows

  • Saladin icon


    Saladin is an open source dual-pane file manager for Windows which merges the capabilities of File Explorer with the well known...

    Open Source Windows

  • Proto icon

    Proto Discontinued

    Proto is a fast, next-gen, freeware file manager. Unlike all the Norton Commander clones, this project introduces interesting and new...

    Free Windows

  • qtFM icon


    qtFM is a small, lightweight file manager for Linux desktops based on pure Qt and works great with minimal desktop environments like...

    Open Source Linux

  • Better Explorer icon

    Better Explorer Bundleware

    This is a replacement for the standard Windows Explorer with more features for more convenience. Features: Archive Support: ...

    Open Source Windows Windows Explorer

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Vim

  • Magellan Explorer icon

    Magellan Explorer

    Magellan Explorer is an advanced, yet easy to use, Windows file manager based on the powerful dual window pane concept. Previous users...

    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.