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File Commander is an open source file manager for Windows, Linux and macOS

We have seen some retro-like file managers in the past. Let’s take a look at File Commander, another file management tool.

Its interface may look familiar if you have used Total Commander or any of the other “commanders” that are available. In fact the developer has mentioned it is inspired by Total Commander, and it kind of looks cleaner without the toolbars.

File Commander is an open source file manager for Windows, Linux and macOS

The menu bar on the top of the screen lets you access the various options in the application. The File menu can be used to search for files and folders and to copy the path of the selected item to the clipboard.

Did you select the wrong items in a folder? Use the invert selection option to quickly pick the rest of the files. The View menu lets you use the application in Full Screen mode and Tablet mode (which is also full screen, but has bigger fonts, menus, etc). The quick view option replaces the left pane of the program with a preview window which you can  use to view images, text documents instantly

File Commander image viewer

File Commander text viewer

The tools menu can be used to compare files (file sizes), calculate the disk size of the selected files, and to open a Powershell window with or without admin privileges in the current folder. You can customize File Manager’s settings from the Options menu. It has options to change the font, select editor programs for the F4 hotkey and a few other basic options.

The address bar is similar to Windows Explorer’s and is the quickest way to switch to different folders. There is a bookmark option which you can use to favorite folders and assign categories (folders for bookmarks). You can jump to the root folder using the shortcut which is found to the right of the bookmark icon.

The disk switcher buttons are located just below the address bar; they represent each partition and drive that is available on your computer. You can use them as shortcuts to shift to their location on activation.

The program displays the file system format (such as NTFS), along with the free storage available and the total storage of the selected drive or partition just below the disk switchers.

File Commander has dual panes, one on either side, which you can use to copy or move files and folders from one location to another comfortably. The application uses the following columns: name, extension, size, and date of each item. Right-click anywhere inside the panes to access the default context menu that is available in Explorer.

Built-in plugins

There are three plugins included in File Commander: a file comparison tool which I mentioned earlier, an image viewer and a text/HTML viewer.

File Commander image viewer plugin

To use these, select a supported format, e.g. TXT, HTML, JPG, PNG, etc and hit the F3 key to view the file using the built in viewer.

The document viewer also serves as an edito, and supports ASCII, UTF, RTF and HTML encoding. To edit a file use the F4 key.

File Commander text viewer plugin

You can set your own editors for different formats from the options. For e.g. you can set MSPaint.exe as an editor, and use the F4 key in File Commander. It will load the image in Paint, ready to edit. The other hotkeys are for copying, moving, creating a new folder and deleting a selected item.

Closing Words

File Commander is not available in portable form. The program is written in C++. It may not be as powerful as Total Commander, but it works pretty, is open source, and available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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