System Administration

Essential System Tools: Krusader – KDE file manager

Last Updated on May 28, 2022


One of the strengths of Krusader is its ability to quickly locate files both locally and on remote file systems. There’s a General Section which covers most searches you’ll want to perform, but if you need additional functionality there’s an Advanced section too.

Let’s take a very simple search. We’re looking to find files in /home/sde/R (and sub-directories) that match the suffix .rdx.


There’s a separate tab that displays the results of the search.


Of course this is an extremely basic search. You can append multiple searches in “the Search for” bar, with or without wildcards, and exclude searches with the | character. You also have the option to specify multiple directories to search or exclude, as well as the ability to search for patterns in files (like grep). There’s recursive searching, the option to search archives, and to follow soft-links during a search.

But that’s not the extent of the search functionality. With the advanced tab, you can restrict search to files matching a specific size or size range, date options, and even by ownership.


In the bottom left of each dialog box, there’s a profiles button. This can be a time-saver if you often perform the same search operation. It allows you save search settings.

Next page: Page 4 – Synchronise Folders

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – KruSearcher
Page 4 – Synchronise Folders
Page 5 – Disk Usage
Page 6 – Checksum generation and checking
Page 7 – Custom commands
Page 8 – MountMan
Page 9 – Configuration
Page 10 – Summary

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5 years ago

I have used Krusader in the past. The only reason that I have it installed now is because of the removal of root functions from Dolphin! I always have a separate data partition on my computers. When doing a fresh install, or a re-install, I create the data partition, but is is created as being owned by root, not my user. In the past, Dolphin had the ability to allow me to change the ownership of a directory or partition. However, the author of Dolphin made the stupid mistake of removing that functionality. Now I run Krusader as root to change properties when I need to.

Kyle H
Kyle H
5 years ago
Reply to  Nonya

GUI software should *not* be run as root. It’s simply not secure. Even if you are happy to run that security risk, it’s only right and proper that software developers make the right decisions for the majority.

Ben Dobson
Ben Dobson
5 years ago

Configuration Page 9 should be with Page 1 or Page 2 as this what opens after install

Harold Jensen
Harold Jensen
5 years ago
Reply to  Ben Dobson

*should* it?

8 months ago

Several years have passed since that article was written, situation is better, although (for example, for the keditbookmarks case) we still can see on (for example) some suggested and recommended packages that Krusader may need to use.