File Managers

PCMan File Manager – replacement for Nautilus, Konqueror and Thunar

PCMan File Manager is a file manager with a tabbed interface.

The goal of this application is to be slim and useful, but not to have any feature bloat. It is meant to be a replacement for Nautilus, Konqueror and Thunar.

It can be modified to take the appearance of Microsoft Windows, helping beginners migrate from Windows to Linux.

The author has recently announced that PCMan File Manager will undergo a total redesign, but will not lose sight of the software’s basic objective of minimising memory usage.

Features include:

  • Extremely fast and lightweight.
  • Can be started in one second on a standard machine.
  • Tabbed browsing (similar to Firefox).
  • Drag & Drop support.
  • Files can be dragged among tabs.
  • Load large directories in reasonable time.
  • File association support (Default application).
  • Basic thumbnail support.
  • Bookmarks support.
  • Handles non-UTF-8 encoded filenames correctly.
  • Provide icon view and detailed list view.
  • Mounting and unmounting the disks are supported through HAL.
  • Standard compliant (Follows
  • Clean and user-friendly interface (GTK+ 2).

Developer: Hong Je Yee and other contributors
License: GNU General Public License


PCMan File Manager is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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