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Midnight Commander Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Midnight Commander for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Midnight Commander are FileZilla, Total Commander, QTTabBar and FreeCommander.

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.
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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.

    ⚫︎ PortableDouble Commander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDouble Commander can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeDouble Commander supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Double Commander 0.7.0 running on Windows 10
    Double Commander vs Midnight Commander opinions
    Most users think Double Commander is a great alternative to Midnight Commander.
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    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableFileZilla can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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. Total Commander is a Shareware file manager for Windows.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableTotal Commander is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableTotal Commander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Total Commander vs Midnight Commander opinions
    Most users think Total Commander is a great alternative to Midnight Commander.
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    QTTabBar

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer

    QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser.

    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionQTTabBar can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Tabbed Explorer
  5. 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableFreeCommander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  6. 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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    Dual display (vertical layout) without trees (this is the Commander style). Both file displays are in list mode, showing popup tooltip for an image file.
  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableXYplorer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableXYplorer is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingXYplorer supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ File TaggingXYplorer can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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    Q-Dir

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    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!

    ⚫︎ CustomizableQ-Dir is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableQ-Dir can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Q-Dir default view on Windows 10
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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.

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  9. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingMulti Commander supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMulti Commander can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableMulti Commander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. Far Manager is a program for managing files and archives in Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary actions:

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFar Manager can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceFar Manager either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Main Window
    Far Manager vs Midnight Commander opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Far Manager is a great alternative to Midnight Commander.

    At first glance the interface looks identical.

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