File Managers

9 Admirable Graphical File Managers

Last Updated on April 28, 2023

7. TkDesk


TkDesk is a graphical file manager that once was one of our favorites. But the passage of time hasn’t helped.

This file manager offers all the standard file management functions, bookmarks, drag and drop, configurable number of file browsers and file-list windows. There’s a built-in multi-buffer editor, disk usage functionality, and configurable file-specific popup-menus.

It’s more than a graphical file manager as it includes a configurable application bar with several displays. Not a patch on a dock like Latte or KSmoothDock, but it’s functional enough.

TkDesk is from a bygone era. Its last release was way back in 2004, but it still performs admirably with the latest Linux distributions. It includes comprehensive online help.

Tcl/Tk provides the graphical user interface which helps to offer configurability. Tcl/Tk was once classed as better than sliced bread, but there are far slicker widget toolkits available these days.

License: GNU General Public License version 2 or higher


8. JFileProcessor


JFileProcessor is billed as a lightweight file and list manager. It’s cross-platform software as it’s written in the Java programming language.

JFileProcessor offers all the basic file management functionality such as common file operations. There’s support for bookmarks, as well as a useful remote host operation supporting SFTP and HTTPS protocols.

The search functionality is quite powerful.

License: Not stated, but full source code is available


9. CFO


CFO is a traditional two-pane file manager. It’s aimed at power users, built to be controlled (almost exclusively) with keyboard shortcuts (most notably with function keys).

It offers basic file management functionality, tabs, and favorites. Some of the functionality is yet to be implemented such as searching the filesystem.

There’s the choice of Faenza and Numix icon themes. You can define the terminal and editor.

The file manager is in a very early stage of development. It’s written in JavaScript and uses Electron, a framework developed and maintained by GitHub. Unsurprisingly, it’s got a heavy memory footprint compared to the other file managers.

License: Not stated, but full source code is available


Next page: Page 4 – Memory Comparison

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Xfe, trolCommander, Worker
Page 2 – Wal Commander, Cloud Commander, muCommander
Page 3 – TkDesk, JFileProcessor, CFO
Page 4 – Memory comparison
Page 5 – Summary

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