Total Commander is rightfully considered one of the best file managers, providing users with the full range of capabilities that a program of this type should have. But, unfortunately, only Windows users can use it.

But are there any decent free alternatives to Total Commander for Linux? There aren't many decent alternatives for Linux, but there are still some. The most functional solutions, as in the case of Windows, are GUI managers. Console managers are also in demand, because Linux is often used as a web server.

Total Commander Alternatives for Linux

Double Commander

Double Commander

File manager Double Commander is probably the best alternative to Total Commander for Linux. It should be noted right away that it supports WDX, WLX and WCX plugins for Total Commander. It's also possible to switch one panel to quick view mode, so you can view the contents of files in a directory without having to open each one separately.

The developers have provided a text editor with code syntax highlighting. The application works with archives, contains batch renaming. The manager is able to view files in binary, hexadecimal and text formats.

Install Double Commander:
  • Ubuntu:
    sudo apt install doublecmd-gtk
  • Manjaro and Arch Linux:
    sudo pacman -S doublecmd-qt5
  • Fedora:
    sudo dnf install doublecmd-gtk



The Krusader file manager has all the features you need. You can map a network drive, batch rename files, and perform complex file searches using multiple options. There is a built-in utility for viewing files.

The file manager interface is presented in two blocks. In the upper part there are toolbars with settings and shortcut buttons. The file manager has the ability to compare checksums, compare objects, directories, etc.

Install Krusader:
  • Ubuntu:
    sudo apt install krusader
  • Manjaro and Arch Linux:
    sudo pacman -S krusader
  • Fedora:
    sudo dnf install krusader

GNOME Commander

The file manager Gnome Commander has a simplified interface. The manager can work with various protocols and remote resources: FTP, SFTP, Samba, WebDav. The manager has buttons for quick access to devices (automatic mounting). Supports plugins. Integrated Linux terminal.

The file manager looks promising. It is perfect for both beginners and advanced users.

Install GNOME Commander:



The lightweight muCommander is written in Java. This means that the program can be used in portable mode. For Linux, this feature is very unusual, because most of the applications must be installed directly on the system. MuCommander has a standard, highly customizable, two-pane interface, has a built-in file archiver.

MuCommander has its own FTP client and supports SFTP, SMB, NFS, HTTP, Amazon S3, Hadoop HDFS and Bonjour. For quick access to frequently used folders, there is a bookmark manager.

muCommander can be downloaded from the official website:

Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander (MC) is a two-pane text file manager for Linux. MC supports all basic file operations: copy, move, archive, change access rights, create links, directories, etc. MC can work with files on remote systems via FTP and SSH.

Midnight Commander supports working with archives, has a built-in fast file search, including search by file content. MC has a built-in text editor with code syntax highlighting - MCEdit.

This file manager is very easy to install, because it is available in many repositories. In terms of functionality, the manager is somewhat inferior to Far Manager.

Install Midnight Commander:
  • Ubuntu:
    sudo apt install mc
  • Manjaro and Arch Linux:
    sudo pacman -S mc
  • Fedora:
    sudo dnf install mc
  • Gentoo:
    sudo emerge -a app-misc/mc


fman file manager

Fman is a two-pane file manager that displays the content of two different directories. Fman works fast, looks modern enough. There is good documentation, although you can do without it, the interface is intuitive, and the command execution dialog allows you to learn hotkeys without any documentation.

Fman is partially closed source, since a significant part (including the core) of the functionality is implemented by addons written in Python, and their code is open source. The program is paid, but inexpensive, and no one bothers to always use the trial version, the only limitation of which is the window that appears when you start the program with a proposal to purchase a license (as in Total Commander).

fman can be downloaded from the official website:


Far2l file manager

Far2l is a Linux port of FAR Manager.

The two-pane file manager Far2l has a graphical and a console version providing the basic functionality of FAR Manager (Windows version) as a file and archive manager, which has a built-in terminal emulator and a text editor.

Far2l is still under development, adding functionality and porting plugins from Far Manager continues.

Install Far2l:
  • Ubuntu:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:far2l-team/ppa
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install far2l
  • Far2l on GitHub.


4Pane file manager

4Pane is a 4-panel file manager for Linux. 4Pane is similar in appearance to Windows Explorer, but has significantly more functionality. Panels can be positioned both horizontally and vertically. At the bottom of the window, you can open a terminal emulator. The 4Pane file manager supports tabs that can be renamed. It's also possible to add directory bookmarks in order to open them later from the bookmarks menu.

Searching for files, mounting, archiving and other actions related to files is supported.

Install 4Pane:


There is no complete replacement for Total Commander for Linux. But if you want the most powerful file manager, then Double Commander on Linux is second to none. Midnight Commander remains the optimal choice for working in the terminal.

If you know how to supplement this list, I'll be glad to see it in the comments.