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Dolphin File Manager Alternatives for Mac

Dolphin File Manager is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Cyberduck, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Dolphin File Manager and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Dolphin File Manager are Midnight Commander, GNOME Files, Thunar and Forklift.

Dolphin File Manager alternatives are mainly File Managers but may also be FTP Clients or File Renamers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Dolphin File Manager.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • KDE

Dolphin is a file manager for KDE focusing on usability. Has three view modes: Icon, Detail and it used to have Column View...

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  1. A libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingCyberduck supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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  2. GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software.

    ⚫︎ LightweightMidnight Commander consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    GNOME Files

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz

    GNOME Files, formerly known as Nautilus, is the official file manager for the GNOME desktop, giving the user a simple way to navigate and manage its files.

    ⚫︎ LightweightGNOME Files consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNOME Files can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  4. Thunar icon

    Thunar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Xfce
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz

    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.

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    Default icon view with favourites side pane and button path bar
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    shift-clicking and ctrl-clicking act like most people expect, unlike dolphin, which has some akward +/- system that I never learned, and drove me nuts.

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  5. 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 Bluetooth.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeForklift supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceForklift either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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Dual Panes for easy navigation *
Preview Panel - Live Preview *
Icon View, List View, Column View *
Dropbox Integration - Copy Dropbox link *
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  6. ranger icon

    ranger

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Cygwin

    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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceranger either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    fman

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    The most modern dual-pane file manager. For Windows, Mac and Linux.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsfman can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  8. muCommander icon

    muCommander

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • Java

    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...).

    ⚫︎ PortablemuCommander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Finder

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the desktop below that.

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  10. Path Finder is a standalone Finder replacement that takes the Finder's familiar interface and adds numerous powerful features and interface innovations to help anyone be more productive on macOS.

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