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    Midnight Commander Alternatives

    Midnight Commander is described as 'GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software' and is a very popular File Manager in the File Management category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Midnight Commander for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Xfce. The best alternative is Double Commander, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Midnight Commander are FileZilla (Freemium, Open Source), Total Commander (Freemium), QTTabBar (Free) and Dolphin File Manager (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 19, 2022

    1. Double Commander is a cross-platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.
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      Most users think Double Commander is a great alternative to Midnight Commander.
    2. FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable.


      Be aware that installing FileZilla on your computer might install some bundleware/malware on your machine. See this thread on the FileZilla forum:

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      FileZilla vs Midnight Commander opinions
      This alternative is disputed. FileZilla is still a legitimate alternative to Midnight Commander, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Main priority is managing files on ftp server instead of local. Not File Manager like MC!
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      glalejos2 FileZilla is a FTP/SFTP client, without bound to a command line.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      FileZilla is a dedicated ftp-client, and Midnight Commander is a local filesystem manager with FTP being an additional capability.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      While Midnight Commander is a file manager, FileZilla is mainly a FTP client
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Midnight Commander is a much more powerful File Manager
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      it's main purpose is a ftp-client not a local filemanager
      Negative comment about 4 years ago


    3. 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.
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      Most users think Total Commander is a great alternative to Midnight Commander.
    4. QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser.
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    5. 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.
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    6. FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock.
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    7. Directory Opus provides a complete replacement for Explorer with far more power and functionality than any other file manager available today.
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    8. XYplorer is a file manager for Windows. It features tabbed browsing, a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly customizable interface, optional dual pane, scripting engine, and a large array of unique ways to efficiently automate frequently recurring tasks.
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    9. 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 to renounce the usual, Drag and Drop, all Views, and other functions of your system. No!
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      Q-Dir vs Midnight Commander opinions
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      MC is a text based file manager, Q-Dir is mostly graphical and is based on Windows Explorer whereas MC is self-contained.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    10. 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.
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