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I recently moved from Linux to Mac, and am missing a two pane file manager. I was thinking about along the lines of midnight commander, krusader (Linux) or total commander (Windows).

I installed midnight commander and am using it, but a GUI file manager would sometimes be handy.

Any suggestions for Open Source alternatives?

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  • Let's consolidate this with the other two-pane browser tool. If there are substantial differences in the problem you face, we can edit this so it's clear you are looking for something different than the linked question – bmike Sep 29 '13 at 12:53

Checkout XTrafinder - google for it and download it from the source of your choice...

It can be found here.

From the website:

XtraFinder add Tabs and features to Mac Finder.

• Tabs.

• Dual Panel & Dual Window.

• Arrange folders on top.

• Cut & Paste.

• Global hotkeys.

• "Copy Path", "Show Hidden Items", "Hide Desktop", "Refresh", "New File", "Copy to", "Move to", "New Terminal Here", "Make Symbolic Link", "Contents", "Select...", … .

• Light text on dark background.

• Colorful icons in Sidebar.

The nice thing really is that it extends finders usability.

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  • Can you explain why it meets the asker's requirements. – user151019 Jun 29 '13 at 14:27
  • @tomTom I found it and I am using it- but it is not actually a two pane file manager - it opens a second instance of finder. But I will try it out. – Rainer Jul 1 '13 at 11:21
  • It is actually really nice and I am still using it - like it. – Rainer Sep 30 '13 at 12:09

Forklift is nice, has support for FTP + SFTP + Amazon S3 + WEBDav. A bit pricey, but I got it on sale and there were a few discounts again after that so maybe worth a wait.

Screenshot of Forklift http://shrani.si/f/F/wu/3VAuwxPt/screen-shot-2013-06-27-a.png

You have mentioned Krusader (and wish to use open source software), it can be run on Mac via MacPorts. After installing MacPorts use:

sudo port install krusader

I doubt it will look good, but It should work. It supported Aqua look years ago, so no X11 was needed, but I have no idea how it stands now.

  • Yes - forklift looks nice, but I was looking for something Open Source (Linux heritage...). I'll edit my question. – Rainer Jun 27 '13 at 14:51

I like mucommander. It is cross-platform, to boot, very much like mc, but with a GUI instead of a 'TUI', and allows you to connect to, say, SFTP shares and such.

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  • I found mucommander before, but I simply don't like java. At least under Linux, they looked funny and usually were slow. But I might give it a try. – Rainer Jun 28 '13 at 13:47

I'm using TotalFinder, which supports dual-mode as well as some other great features. (I most like the tab support.)

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  • Looks very similar to Xtrafinder - any substantial difference justifying the 18$ pricetag? – Rainer Sep 30 '13 at 14:05
  • I don't know -- I only learned about Xtrafinder when I posted my response here so haven't tried it. – Dan Wolfgang Sep 30 '13 at 15:17

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