Tabbed File Managers

Sometimes you just need to be able to quickly switch between multiple folders within a single window. When that time comes, doing so in Windows Explorer and some Linux distributions may not actually work. These tabbed file manager tools will make the previously impossible possible, allowing you to quickly switch between two folders within the same window.

  1. QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser.
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  2. Multi Commander is a multi-tabbed file manager and is an alternative to the standard Windows Explorer. It uses the very popular and efficient dual-panel layout.


  3. Wings for your Windows Explorer!

    Bundleware

    Since version 3.1.0, the program contains adwares, as reported on Reddit and VirusTotal. https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/4uqswo/new_version_of_clover_out_310_tabbed_windows/d96tkpy/

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  4. Free dual-pane file manager for Windows featuring tabs, columns, themes, long filename support, image converter, regex renaming and many other unique features.
  5. ES File Explorer is a free, featured all-in-one file manager, application manager, task killer, webDAV client & FTP client for your Android phone.

    Warning

    The app was bought by another company and bundled with adwares.

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  6. Tablacus Explorer is a tabbed file manager with Add-on support.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    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 experience.

    Discontinued

    Last version 1.3.5 is from 2013.

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  7. 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.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    SpaceFM is a multi-panel tabbed file and desktop manager for Linux with built-in VFS, udev- or HAL-based device manager, customisable menu system, and bash integration. SpaceFM aims to provide a stable, capable file manager with significant customisation capabilities.
  8. Actual Window Manager is 13 tools in 1. FILE FOLDERS improves Windows folders navigation adding two additional title buttons: recent folders, favorite folders.
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  9. TotalFinder works like the normal Finder but adds tabs, dual panel, colored labels and other features. My goal is to improve Finder in a few areas where it is lacking but keep the general design. Features: - Colored labels: Brings full colors back into El Capitan.
  10. UltraExplorer is a Windows Explorer replacement that will change the way you think about file management. Other Explorer replacement applications duplicate the same old paradigm introduced by Microsoft in Windows 95.

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.0.3.0, released in July 2009, can be still downloaded from SoftPedia.

  11. Marlin is a new GTK3-based file manager for Linux, pretty slick and fast. Unlike most other file managers Marlin has included the so called "Miller columns" view.
  12. Just Manager is a feature packed, versatile, multi-tabbed multi-pane file manager for the Windows operating system. It is available in both x86 and x64 versions. Despite its many features it is relatively small and efficient.

    Discontinued

    Last release is from 2014. See here: http://justmanager.ru/forum/viewforum.php?id=3

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  13. electerm is a terminal/ssh/sftp client(linux, mac, win) based on electron/node-pty/xterm/antd and many other libs, it works like a combination of guake and xshell.