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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 FileZilla, 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 GNOME Files, Thunar, Forklift and ranger.

Midnight Commander alternatives are mainly File Managers but may also be FTP Clients or File Sync Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Midnight Commander.
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  1. FileZilla icon

    FileZilla

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    70 alternatives to FileZilla 

    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.

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    1.  Ad-freeFileZilla doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  PortableFileZilla can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  LightweightFileZilla consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    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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    Guest

    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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    Guest

    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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    GNOME Files

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz
    55 alternatives to GNOME Files 

    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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    1.  LightweightGNOME Files consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNOME Files can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    not two-panelled, not console

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    Thunar

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Xfce
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz
    77 alternatives to Thunar 

    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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    1.  MP3 / ID3 RenamingThunar allows you to batch rename MP3 files through the use of ID3 metadata.
    2.  Batch Rename FilesThunar supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
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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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    Forklift

    • Mac
    108 alternatives to Forklift 

    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. All these features are beautifully integrated into a sophisticated, yet easy to use Cocoa based...

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    1.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    2.  Command line interfaceForklift either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    3.  Dark ModeForklift supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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Dropbox Integration - Copy Dropbox link *
Show Hidden Files
    File Transfer Tool for Mac * FTP Client * SFTP Client * WebDAV Client * Amazon S3 Client * Backblaze B2 client * Google Drive Client * Rackspace CloudFiles Client *  SMB Client * AFP Client * NFS  Client * VNC Client * You can save remote Connections as Favorites * You can use ForkLift Mini in the Menu bar to mount Saved Connections * You can use ForkLift Mini to drop Files to Saved Connections
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    ranger

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Cygwin
    31 alternatives to ranger 

    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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    fman

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    97 alternatives to fman 

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

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

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • Java
    98 alternatives to muCommander 

    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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    1.  PortablemuCommander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Commander One

    • Mac
    78 alternatives to Commander One 

    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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    JumpFm

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    108 alternatives to JumpFm 

    JumpFm is a minimalistic dual panel file manager (currently released only for Windows, Mac, and Linux) that lets you navigate your file system very efficiently.

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    1.  Dark ModeJumpFm supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Discontinued

    The last release was in 2017, but you can still download it and use it.

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    Path Finder

    47 alternatives to Path Finder 

    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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    1.  Batch Rename FilesPath Finder supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
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