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Thunar Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Thunar 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 Thunar and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Thunar are Dolphin File Manager, Midnight Commander, GNOME Files and ranger.

Thunar 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 Thunar.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Xfce
  • MacPorts
  • XQuartz

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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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    Two panels; fine customizable color-themes (you can change the colors of files and directories by its file-types and attributes, for example links, directories, executables, or just for *.pdf files and other file-types); supporting of the mounting and unmounting; and many many more...

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  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightDolphin File Manager consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Dolphin and Nemo are better than Thunar and Nautilus in my opinion. It better preserve user selected layout and easier to configure with more options.

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  3. GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software.

    ⚫︎ LightweightMidnight Commander consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    No I don't have enough experience of Thunar but Midnight Commander is for me a good alternative to a lot of things.

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    GNOME Files

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz

    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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNOME Files can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    ranger

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Cygwin

    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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceranger either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Nemo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableNemo is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    PCMan File Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    An extremely fast and lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and user-friendly interface.

    ⚫︎ LightweightPCMan File Manager consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    fast and reliable, and easy to use

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    fman

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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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    muCommander

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • Java

    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...).

    ⚫︎ PortablemuCommander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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