File Managers

Tux Commander – windowed file manager with two panels side by side

Tux Commander is a windowed file manager with 2 panels side by side similar to popular Total Commander or Midnight Commander file managers. There’s a fairly good range of features.

Tux Commander uses the old GTK2 windowing toolkit. It hasn’t seen a new release since 2009.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Graphical application, uses GTK2 windowing toolkit.
  • Two directory panels side by side (vertical).
  • Tabbed interface, buttons for quick access to favorite places.
  • Configurable mounter bar for quick access to removable media and network shares.
  • Multilingual user interface.
  • Basic VFS (Virtual File System) support, allowing you to browse archives and network places.
  • Portable, no installation required, usable right after the extraction.
  • Designed for GNOME and XFCE desktop environments while preserving complete independency (libraries are loaded dynamically when available.
  • Extension-based file type actions (associations)
  • Threaded file operations.
  • Large files (> 4GB) support.
  • Profiles – have more than one settings per user
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Extendable via plugin system, several VFS modules are available in the distribution.
    • GVFS – provides access to many type of resources such as network shares (FTP, SSH/SFTP, Samba, WebDAV), bluetooth devices (ObexFTP), cameras and portable players (gphoto2) and others.
    • ZIP – with full read/write support for ZIP archives, full support for Unix file and directory permissions, password protection support (read/write), and statically linked in one module, no external libraries needed.
    • UNRAR – read-only support for RAR archives, full support for Unix file and directory permissions, password protected archives are supported, multidisk archives support, large files (> 4GB) support, and can handle self-extracting .exe archives (when renamed to .rar).
    • libarchive – read-only support for TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, ISO (CD images/ISO9660), CPIO, A (ar) and DEB archives, large files (> 4GB) support, and correctly handle sparse files.
  • Internationalization support with 15 translations available.

Support: SourceForge Project Page
Developer: Tomáš Bžatek
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


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