File Managers

Krusader – twin panel file management software

Krusader is an advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE and other desktops in the *nix world, similar to Midnight Commander or Total Commander. It provides all the file management features provided by Windows Explorer and much more.

It has extensive archive handling, mounted filesystem support, FTP, advanced search module, an internal viewer/editor, directory synchronisation, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming etc.

It supports a wide variety of archive formats and can handle other KIO slaves such as smb or fish. It is (almost) completely customizable, very user friendly, fast and looks great on your desktop.

Features include:

  • Two powerful and easy to use panels.
  • Command Line and optional Terminal emulator below the twin panels.
  • Strong keyboard orientation and the ability to perform all functions without the mouse.
  • Context-dependent invocation of scripts and programs e.g. mouseclick/enter (execute or open with the associated application), F3 (view) and F4 (edit).
  • User Menu, create your own customized menu.
  • History e.g. Folder History, Popular URLs, …
  • Virtual file systems (VFS) for e.g. Remote Connections, archives, search results, synchronizer.
  • File transfers with (S)FTP.
  • Powerful internal viewer and editor via kparts supporting almost every file format.
  • Advanced Search module : searching in archives and search content on remote file systems.
  • Several Panel view modes via the PopUp Panel.
  • Queue manager.
  • 5 different sorting methods.
  • Quick search match.
  • Mounted filesystem support.

Krusader tools

  • Remote Connections : FTP/SAMBA with SFTP/SCP support via KIOSlaves, WebDAV, NFS, FTP.
  • Locate GUI frontend.
  • Synchronize Directories.
  • Mount-Manager.
  • Disk Usage.
  • Root mode.

Krusader features

  • Archive Handling: browsing, unpack, pack, testing. Supported archives : ace, arj, bzip2, deb, gzip, iso, lha, rar, rpm, tar, zip and 7-zip.
  • Checksum creation-verification mechanism that supports md5, sha1, sha256, sha224, sha256, sha384, sha512, tiger, whirlpool, cfv and crc.
  • Calculate occupied space of files and folders, archives and remote filesystems.
  • Directory comparison and filtering.
  • Compare files by content via external diff programs like Kompare, Kdiff3 or xxdiff.
  • Rename files and folders via Krename.
  • Completely supports drag’n’drop: drag from Konqueror straight into a .tar.gz file, from Krusader’s panel into the trash-bin, the desktop or into Konqueror.
  • Preserve date for local targets at copy/move operations.
  • F2 opens a Terminal Window in the default directory.
  • Easy editing of file permissions and ownership and Numeric permissions.
  • Selection filters used in e.g. Synchronizer and KruSearcher.
  • Jump-Back.
  • mimetype-aware.
  • Tabbed panels and Tabbed Editor/Viewer.
  • Quick search.
  • File splitter.
  • Mouse Gestures.
  • Quick Navigation in the Location Toolbar.
  • WhatsThis Help function in favour of tooltips where reasonable.
  • Sync-browsing.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Shie Erlich, Rafi Yanai
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


Krusader is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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