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Relatively new to the Mac world, I still find the 'Finder' not really that user friendly.

What free alternatives to Finder exist?

*I mean really file browsers, not application launchers like Quicksilver, Launchy etc..

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I like Path Finder, but it's not free :-( –  Peter Štibraný Dec 14 '10 at 11:57
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Not free either, but I also recommend Total Finder: totalfinder.binaryage.com. It is a Finder plugin, rather than a standalone program like PathFinder (and it's very lightweight compared to it). Mainly it adds tabs, dual pane view and cut and paste. –  Ricardo Sánchez-Sáez Dec 15 '10 at 18:16
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related: superuser.com/questions/29268/… –  Cawas Apr 12 '11 at 3:35
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What's not "friendly" about finder? That'll be a much simpler problem to fix –  XAleXOwnZX May 30 '12 at 0:28
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Its not intuitive. I cannot enter folders by pressing Enter, cannot delete them by pressing Delete. Cannot easily rename files. Cannot easily move files. Cannot easily connect to remote server. Even if I choose the certain type of the tree structure, it keeps changing after clicking from another application. For fun it is just good, for working purposes not. –  Perlnika Sep 15 '13 at 20:32

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muCommander is a free Finder alternative, if that type of application suites you. (Dual-pane Norton Commander like).

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It's also java based, so performance is.... mediocre. –  Fake Name May 30 '12 at 7:46
    
Could be worse, but it's not as fast as a native app. If you use multiple OSes you can "enjoy" the "write once, run everywhere™" (sorry, I'm laughing) ;) - On the other hand, I think finder in lion is acceptable (but still lame) and that Total Finder is a good replacement. Not free, but also decent. The less I have to use a file manager, the merrier for me. –  Martín Marconcini May 30 '12 at 11:56

I don't know the good free alternatives, but PathFinder is the best file manager I have ever used, and probably one of the best desktop apps I've ever used. The features I use most

  • Bookmarks and multiple tabs
  • Multiple panes
  • Side panes with folder shortcuts
  • Drop stack

Most importantly, it's not clunky (relatively) and is very reliable. It was worth every cent I paid for it.

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Here's some free alternatives

Xfolders and MuCommander are free.

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Another free alternative is xtrafinder http://www.trankynam.com/xtrafinder/

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Moroshka file manager (free) - in beta, however, but it may suit your needs:

I have not yet used it, so offered under advisement (no reflection on product, though!)

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