Double Commander

Free alternatives Far Manager FreeCommander Midnight Commander OSX
Commercial alternatives Total Commander
Operating systems FreeBSD

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Double Commander is a cross-platform open source file manager with two panels. The freeware supports Unicode, support WCX, WDX and WLX plug-ins from Total Commander, as well as there is built-in text editor, working with archives. You can try it as free alternative to Total Commander.

There are versions both or Linux and Windows. The application is made in the spirit of the well-known Total Commander is its free counterpart. This explains the similarity of the interface and many tools. You can work with files and folders as well as with archives. The program will greatly facilitate the work on the computer with files, since almost all sections and areas can be changed in flexible configuration system. You have the possibility to entry all the necessary tools to work in the appropriate tabs. Thus, you can configure this utility according to your preferences.


Hot buttons were integrated into Double Commander for more comfortable operation. This program has a powerful search engine, based on the type of extension, date of creation, name, or phrase from the archive and other criteria. If you often have to look for the same file, you can create a template for a more rapid implementation of this operation in the future. If necessary, you can install additional plug-ins and modules made for Total Commander, for example, WCX, WDX and WLX. These extensions provide new opportunities and expand the package of supported formats. In addition, the protocol automatically contains all file operations that are available for viewing by the user. With files from the archive a lot of commands can be made, such as copy, move, paste and so on. Language changes in settings without any problems.

Double Commander is lightweight, and doesn’t require a lot of space. Thus, the application can be installed on any computer. Double Commander supports inserts, which simplifies considerably the whole work. With embedded text editor you can create a new file and check spelling. The function of image viewing has becom available. Functionality includes the checksum files in automatic mode, which is very helpful for planning to distribute files on torrent trackers. If necessary, file operations may be suspended for a certain period.

The ability of group renaming will help you to change the name of some files at the same time. Open source is the main advantage of Double Commander, so more advanced users can use it for coding or make adjustments to the application. The list of supported encodings includes Unicode. For a quick search of a folder users may assign it a different color. There are a lot of formats that Double Commander supports ZIP, TAR GZ, TGZ, LZMA, BZ2, RPM, CPIO, DEB and RAR. Built-in viewer allows you to view files in hex, binary or text format.

All operations such as coping or moving folders can be performed in the background mode, even when the utility is minimized. This utility has easy-to-use interface that will be very useful for beginners.

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