My pick for the best File Manager is FMAN
The second best file manager is Total Commander
What are my requirements from a File Manager ?
The most basic usage I searched for was the two pane file manager; Yes, Norton Commander style.
There are lots of Norton Commander clones out in the wild, the most famous is Total Commander, many of whom are free!
I tried lots of them, and while they do look somewhat alike, they have their differences (of course).
The file manager I searched for had to be easy to use, light and most important – be better than the basic file explorer windows supplies us, I wanted a file manager to make my life easier, not to just replace the default windows file manager.
Only one satisfied me
- It is simple to use
- Built in a really smart way – being modular, extendable using plugins
- Open sourced
- With very easy to use shortcuts – Yes! this makes my work amazingly simpler, using the CTRL+p to find any (cached) folder, or CTRL+SHIFT+P to find anything in the settings
And yes, it has the Norton Commander shortcuts (F5 to copy, etc…)
The only (HUGE) cons I found are:
- It feels still as if it is a beta version
- No updates in the recent years
The above points are huge cons against this tool, but still even with them it overmatches all of the rest of the file managers.
- Directory Size
- Preview (With QuickLook)