Raspberry Pi 4: Chronicling the Desktop Experience – File Management – Week 21

Last Updated on April 12, 2020

Compiling nnn

Here’s the commands to compile nnn. As explained on the previous page, Raspbian’s repositories host an old version of nnn. It’s definitely worth compiling the latest source code.

$ sudo apt install libreadline-dev
$ git clone
$ cd nnn
$ make

As there’s only a single file to compile, there’s no speed advantage using the -j4 flag with make. But nnn is really quick to compile, only taking about 7.7 seconds.

A few of the other file managers featured in this article might benefit from compiling your own binary, given that Raspbian’s repositories host old versions. Let us know how you get on! I’d really like to hear your experiences.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Console and Graphical file managers
Page 2 – Compiling nnn

Read all my blog posts about the RPI4.

Raspberry Pi 4 Blog
Week 36Manage your personal collections on the RPI4
Week 35Survey of terminal emulators
Week 34Search the desktop with the latest version of Recoll
Week 33Personal Information Managers on the RPI4
Week 32Keep a diary with the RPI4
Week 31Process complex mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs with calculators
Week 30Internet radio on this tiny computer. A detailed survey of open source software
Week 29Professionally manage your photo collection with digiKam
Week 28Typeset beautifully with LyX
Week 27Software that teaches young people how to learn basic computing skills and beyond
Week 26Firefox revisited - Raspbian now offers a real alternative to Chromium
Week 25Turn the Raspberry Pi 4 into a low power writing machine
Week 24Keep the kids learning and having fun
Week 23Lots of choices to view images
Week 22Listening to podcasts on the RPI4
Week 21File management on the RPI4
Week 20Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) on the RPI4
Week 19Keep up-to-date with these news aggregators
Week 18Web Browsers Again: Firefox
Week 17Retro gaming on the RPI4
Week 16Screen capturing with the RPI4
Week 15Emulate the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and the Atari ST on the RPI4
Week 14Choose the right model of the RPI4 for your desktop needs
Week 13Using the RPI4 as a screencaster
Week 12Have fun reading comics on the RPI4 with YACReader, MComix, and more
Week 11Turn the RPI4 into a complete home theater
Week 10Watching locally stored video with VLC, OMXPlayer, and others
Week 9PDF viewing on the RPI4
Week 8Access the RPI4 remotely running GUI apps
Week 7e-book tools are put under the microscope
Week 6The office suite is the archetypal business software. LibreOffice is tested
Week 5Managing your email box with the RPI4
Week 4Web surfing on the RPI4 looking at Chromium, Vivaldi, Firefox, and Midori
Week 3Video streaming with Chromium & omxplayerGUI as well as streamlink
Week 2A survey of open source music players on the RPI4 including Tauon Music Box
Week 1An introduction to the world of the RPI4 looking at musikcube and PiPackages

This blog is written on the RPI4.

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4 years ago

You have correctly mentioned nnn doesn’t have dual-pane feature in both the articles. nnn supports contexts/tabs.

The key to cycle contexts is TAB.

Even if you use all 4 contexts the memory usage remains almost the same.

Trent Calder
Trent Calder
4 years ago

X File Explorer (Xfe) is a great file manager. What’s it like on the Raspberry Pi 4?