Linux File Stystem Browsers

  • Nemo

    Free Linux Website

    Nemo is the official file manager for the Small Linux Mint iconLinux Mint operating system running the Small Cinnamon iconCinnamon desktop. It re-introduced several features removed from the file manager Nautilus, from which it originated.


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  • nnn

    Free Linux Website

    Initially forked from Small noice iconnoice, nnn is a super fast and resource-sensitive, terminal-based file browser.


    • Mode-based navigation (basic, detail, disk usage analyzer).
    • Navigate-as-you-type mode with auto-select.
    • familiar navigation shortcuts.
    • Spawn SHELL (fallback sh) in the current directory.
    • It integrates seamlessly with your DE and favourite GUI utilities.
    • Integrate utilities like sxiv or fzy easily; nnn supports as many scripts as you need!


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  • Polo File Manager

    Freemium Linux Website

    Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes and tabs; support for archives, and much more.


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  • ranger

    Free Mac Linux BSD Cygwin Website

    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 particular files.

    Design Goals

    • An easily maintainable file manager in a high level language
    • A quick way to switch directories and browse the file system
    • Keep it small but useful, do one thing and do it well
    • Console based, with smooth integration into the unix shell


    • UTF-8 Support (if your python copy supports it)
    • Multi-column display
    • Preview of the selected file/directory
    • Common file operations (create/chmod/copy/delete/...)
    • Renaming multiple files at once
    • VIM-like console and hotkeys
    • Automatically determine file types and run them with correct programs
    • Change the directory of your shell after exiting ranger
    • Tabs, Bookmarks, Mouse support


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  • Dolphin File Manager

    Free Linux KDE Website

    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 and other protocols. Highly configurable.

    Dolphin supports a dual-pane view but also file browsing in tabs. It has a filter tab that allows to filter large amounts of files quickly according to an expression (e.g. *.pdf would only display the *-pdf-files in the directory displayed).

    Archives of all sorts (e.g. zip, rar, gzip, 7zip) can be displayed as folders. Quick rename operations are possible with tight integration with KRename via an "Actions" context menu.
    Preview mode for many filetypes available.

    It can easily be extended with different service support for YouTube, DropBox, tumblr et. al.


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  • Vifm

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Vifm is a file manager with curses interface, which provides Vi[m]-like environment for managing objects within file systems, extended with some useful ideas from mutt.
    If you use vi, Vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands.


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  • Gnome-Pie

    Free Linux Website

    Gnome-Pie is a circular application launcher for Linux. It is made of several pies, each consisting of multiple slices. The user presses a key stroke which opens the desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files can be opened. The user does not need to remember the name of an application – just the direction has to be remembered.


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  • Total Commander

    Freemium Windows Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet Website

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

    Features include:

    • Two file windows side by side
    • Multiple language and Unicode support
    • Enhanced search function
    • Compare files (now with editor) / synchronize directories
    • Quick View panel with bitmap display
    • ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling + plugins
    • Built-in FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support
    • Parallel port link, multi-rename tool
    • Tabbed interface, regular expressions, history+favorites buttons
    • Thumbnails view, custom columns, enhanced search
    • Compare editor, cursor in lister, separate trees, logging, enhanced overwrite dialog etc.
    • Unicode names almost everywhere, long names (>259 characters), password manager for ftp and plugins, synchronize empty dirs, 64 bit context menu, quick file filter (Ctrl+S)
    • USB port connection via special direct transfer cable, partial branch view (Ctrl+Shift+B), and many improvements to ftp, synchronizing and other functions
    • And many more!


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  • PCMan File Manager

    Free Linux Xfce Website

    An extremely fast and lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and user-friendly interface.


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  • Files

    Free Mac Linux MacPorts XQuartz Website

    Files (Nautilus) 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.


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  • Double Commander

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Total Commander-inspired file manager that features two side-by-side panels for navigation.


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  • Midnight Commander

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Cygwin ... MacPorts Website

    Visual, text-mode file manager that works in consoles, over SSH and via remote shells.


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  • Xfe

    Free Linux Xfce Website

    X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, originally developed by Maxim Baranov.


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  • Thunar

    Free Mac Linux Xfce MacPorts XQuartz Website

    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 options. Thunar is fast and responsive with a good start up time and directory load time. Thunar is accessible using Assistive Technologies and is fully standards compliant.


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