3.8 out of 5 with 25 ratings

Double Commander Reviews

TotalCommander -> FreeCommander -> DoubleCommander

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Switched from Total Commander to FreeCommander to Double Commander. If you worked with either one of these, you'll be instantly familiar with Double Commander.

For me, it's a must have tool. Cannot work without it. Explorer doesn't come even close to functionality offered by these file manager tools.

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Best and only open-source alternative to Total Commander

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Unlike lot of others dual-panel file managers, Double Commander is only one which supports many of TC plugins: WCX, WDX, etc. You just doesn't have another free alternative to TC.

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The only alternative to Total Commander that I totally switched to! Almost the same as TC, but some parts even more usable and nice. Supports most of TC plugins and really cross-platform: plays nice at my Ubuntu too.

Updates not so recently: 1-2 times a year. Still stable just want new features and improvements :)

Give it a try - solid alternative to TC.

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  • has a lot of functions
  • free
  • options window is a huge mess, you can't search in it
  • no dark theme, color config is not in a separated file
  • based on QT, so choosing an OS theme is not a solution, looks ugly
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Multi tab.
Synchronize files and directories.
Support paths longer than 259 chars (Windows).
Easy settings backup.

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I'm using it on macOS and it doesn't really compare to Total Commander in terms of usability and especially in terms of speed. For some reason, the UI sometimes freeze for some time when the app has not been opened for some time. In some cases, it's also taking 30% CPU even though it's in the background not doing anything. It could be an issue with macOS or with the libs used by Dual Commander, but basically it means the app is nowhere near as good as TC. Rating it three stars but only because there's not really any other alternative.

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The issue you described is likely caused by Auto Refresh feature, try disabling it.


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I am using this for years now across OSes, and I cannot live without it.
In addition to almost everything that is usually expected from a traditional file manager, it has:-
a) Multi-file renaming capability, one of the strongest I have seen so far. (Select multiple files and press Ctrl+M).
b) Directory diff and sync.

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Really fast and easy to understand. Opens instantly. Among the nice things that clicked with me instantly was that you can navigate folders with Right and Left arrow keys (Lynx-style) right off the bat.

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.ISO files

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There is a little problem what could cause headache:

If you are using WinCDEmu also /instead of mounting the ".iso" by clicking on it, it opens the file/, to modify this function:

  1. Configuration -> Otions -> Plugins -> (1st Tab)Packer Plugins -> choose sevenzip -> "tweak" -> from dropdown list choose "iso" -> CHECK the "Show as normal files" option -> ok,apply

Otherwise the program is great so far.

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Nice but misses the treeview

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Double commander is in potential a great alternative for windows explorer. With plugins you have a ftp tool as well.
But I miss the tree view. I think it's the most essential part for a file explorer.

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FreeCommander has a treeview.

Double Commander has a tree view now.


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i want to test to compare total commander

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Hands down starting to catch up on freecommander
I suggest everyone help test the "qt" snapshot builr. It has light/dark "themes" matching in windows.
PS DC can use almost ANY total commander "intended" add-on/dll (like 7zip-S) if you rename dlls from "TC" to "DC".

[Edited by aazard, October 10]

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Its an awesome open-source alternative to windows file explorer. Has many great customization and configuration options.
One thing it lacks is complete dark mode. You can set custom colors for files list menu, but not for application menu, so there is partial custom dark theme (or any set of colors you like)

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i like it , great development , bravo coder

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