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Midnight Commander Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Midnight Commander for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Double Commander, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Midnight Commander and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Midnight Commander are FileZilla, Dolphin File Manager, GNOME Files and Thunar.

Midnight Commander 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 Midnight Commander.
This page was last updated Jun 26, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • Cygwin
  • MacPorts

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  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.

    Most users think Double Commander is a great alternative to Midnight Commander.
  2. FileZilla

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS

    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.

    Bundleware

    Be aware that installing FileZilla on your computer might install some bundleware/malware on your machine. See this thread on the FileZilla forum: https://forum.filezilla-project.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=48441

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

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    FileZilla is not a file manager

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    FileZilla is NOT a File Manager.

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    FileZilla is a FTP/SFTP client, without bound to a command line.

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

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    While Midnight Commander is a file manager, FileZilla is mainly a FTP client

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    Midnight Commander is a much more powerful File Manager

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    not two-panelled, not console

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  5. 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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    Thunar is NOT a file manager with two panels side by side, it has only one.

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    Because it is for X, I need a clear console alternative. Like Norton Commander VS Far VS Dos Navigator.

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  6. 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.

  7. fman

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

  8. PCMan File Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

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

  9. 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...).

  10. SpaceFM

    • 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.

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