Midnight Commander Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Midnight Commander for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Midnight Commander are FileZilla (Freemium, Open Source), Files (Free, Open Source), Thunar (Free, Open Source) and Forklift (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    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: https://forum.filezilla-project.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=48441

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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 5 months ago

      FileZilla is a dedicated ftp-client, and Midnight Commander is a local filesystem manager with FTP being an additional capability.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      While Midnight Commander is a file manager, FileZilla is mainly a FTP client
      Negative comment 9 months 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 almost 4 years ago


    3. 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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      Files vs Midnight Commander opinions
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      not two-panelled, not console
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    4. 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 vs Midnight Commander opinions
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      Because it is for X, I need a clear console alternative. Like Norton Commander VS Far VS Dos Navigator.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

    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.
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    6. Brings features from Sublime Text to the file manager niche. Features: • A user interface similar to ST, • Ctrl/Cmd+P for jumping to any directory, • Plugins based on the Python programming language
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    7. 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.
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      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...).
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    8. Commander One is dual-pane file manager for OS X created in Swift, which enables you to manage your files in the best possible way.
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    9. 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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