Index – Qt-based file manager

In Operation

The top left icon provides an overview. It offers quick access to common places, favourite files, as well as your most recent downloads, and access to music files, image files, and devices/remote locations.

Index overview

The icon adjacent to overview is favourites, which offers another way of accessing your favourite files. The nine icons below let you access tags, your home directory, desktop, documents, downloads, music, pictures, videos, and /.

There are a couple of views: Icon Grid and Icon List. Here’s an example of the Icon List view.

Index file listing

Right click a file presents us with a menu letting us copy, cut, rename, and remove files. We can also open the file with an external application, as well as preview the file with information. There’s also the ability to mark the file as a favourite, tag it, share, together with the option of compression and extraction of file archives.

There’s search functionality, access to the wastebin, as well as bookmarks for remote locations and drives.


Index is a simple file manager which is fairly unremarkable to be honest. It doesn’t offer many of the bells and whistles you get with the finest file managers, but there’s sufficient functionality for basic file management.

On our Ubuntu test systems, the icons in the top left hand corner wouldn’t display properly. We even tried installing Index on a fresh Ubuntu installation, but again this issue persisted. Maybe it’d fair better running KDE as the desktop environment.

Index faces stiff competition from other open source software. For Qt-based file managers, we recommend trying Krusader, Dolphin, or PCManFM-Qt. And for GTK, we recommend PCManFM. Double Commander is another first-class file manager and offers both GTK and Qt versions.

If you’re happy using freeware, we admire Hi-File.

Support: Code Repository
Developer: Camilo Higuita
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

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

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction and Installation
Page 2 – In Operation and Summary

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