Files Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Files 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 Files and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Files are Midnight Commander (Free, Open Source), Dolphin File Manager (Free, Open Source), Thunar (Free, Open Source) and Nemo (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 7, 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 Files.
      H66m9d It have more option and flexibility than Nautilus
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    2. GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software.
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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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Dolphin File Manager is a great alternative to Files.
    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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      Almost everyone thinks Thunar is a great alternative to Files.
    5. Nemo is the official file manager for the Linux Mint operating system running the Cinnamon desktop. It re-introduced several features removed from the file manager Nautilus, from which it originated.
      Nemo vs Files opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Nemo is a great alternative to Files.
      It was developed as an alternative
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    6. An extremely fast and lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and user-friendly interface.
    7. 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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    8. X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, originally developed by Maxim Baranov.
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    9. Caja is a fork of Nautilus from GNOME 2 and is native to the MATE Desktop Environment. It is a file manager like the Windows Explorer (not to confuse with Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge), but for Unix/BSD and Linux.
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    10. 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. Mac releases can be found at .
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