Proto Alternatives

    Proto is described as 'fast, next-gen, freeware file manager. Unlike all the Norton Commander clones, this project introduces interesting and new approach to handling files. Incorporates some of the Jef Raskin's ideas regarding “Humane Interface”' and is an app in the File Management category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Proto for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and The best alternative is Double Commander, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Proto are Total Commander (Freemium), WizTree (Free Personal), QTTabBar (Free) and Midnight Commander (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 12, 2020

    1. Explorer++ is a free file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing experience.


      Last version 1.3.5 is from 2013.

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    2. 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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    3. xplorer² is a desktop file manager combining the simplicity of Windows explorer with the speed and efficiency of traditional dual pane file managers.
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    4. 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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    5. Advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE and other desktops in the *nix world, similar to Midnight or Total Commander.

    6. 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 .
    7. Vifm is a file manager with curses interface, which provides Vi[m]-like environment for managing objects within file systems, extended with some useful ideas from mutt.
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    8. FenrirFS is a file management software where you can easily view everything in 3 different modes and manage any kind of file using labels.
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      Worker is a file manager for the X Window System on UN*X with low requirements (basically only the X11 libraries). The directories and files are shown in two independent panels (similar to Midnight Commander).
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