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File Explorer Alternatives for Linux

File Explorer is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. 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 100 alternatives to File Explorer and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to File Explorer are XnView MP, Dolphin File Manager, GNOME Files and Thunar.

File Explorer alternatives are mainly File Managers but may also be FTP Clients or Image Viewers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of File Explorer.
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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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Double Commander is a great alternative to File Explorer.

    It tries too hard to be just a Total Commander replacement. Ultimately it feels like a console interface file manager rather than a GUI file manager with a lot of simple mechanisms in modern GUI-based file managers (not just Windows Explorer!) incredibly hard to replicate.

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    not contain columns for video settings (video length)

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    Why 2 windows in one? I just want a directory tree with a pane showing the contents of that directory.

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  2. XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.

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    It's for photos. It works well for photos.

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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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    Dolphin is for linux, not for Windows.

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    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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    Most users think GNOME Files is a great alternative to File Explorer.

    This is not for windows, and cannot replace a windows file manager.

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    ab1

    Many missing features like open as admin.

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    tibi97427

    Not available for Windows

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    nautilus is for linux. file explorer is for windows

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  5. Thunar icon

    Thunar

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

    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.

    Default icon view with favourites side pane and button path bar


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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.

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    fman

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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  8. SpaceFM icon

    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...).

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    Forced to have 2 panes open, neither one is wide enough. Open the "tree view" and you've lost a lot of screen real estate. Neither pane follows the tree view either, so there's no point having it.

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    JumpFm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell

    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.

    Discontinued

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

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