File management is so important on a computer that users always want to have a simple and easy to use file manager or file browser. But sometimes having a feature rich and highly configurable file manager for performing both simple tasks such as searching, copying, moving, creating and deleting files, and complex operations such as remote access of files and SHH connections is very vital.


6. PCManFM File Manager

PCManFM meant to be a replacement for the popular Nautilus, Konqueror and Thunar file managers, PCManFM is the standard and feature rich file manager on LXDE dekstop and has the following features:

  1. Full support for GVFS with access to remote filesystems
  2. Four view modes (icon, compact, detail and also thumbnail)
  3. Support for desktop management
  4. Shows thumbnail for pictures
  5. Bookmarks functionality
  6. Support for tabbed windows
  7. Drag and drop support
  8. User friendly GTK+2 interface
  9. Default file association support plus many more, as I had mentioned, it is feature rich.

PCMANFM File Manager for Linux

PCMANFM File Manager for Linux

Visit Homepage: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCManFM


7. XFE File Manager

It is a commander sort of file manager for X Windows, based on X Win Commander whose development has been discontinued for one reason or the other.

XFE File Manager for Linux

XFE File Manager for Linux

The main aim of developing it was to offer a lightweight file manager for Unix-like operating systems, and it works well for those of you who enjoy working mostly on the terminal.

XFE is also feature rich but we shall not look at all of them here and some of them include:

  1. Very fast GUI
  2. Small memory footprints
  3. Four file manager modes; one panel, directory tree and one panel, two panels and directory tree and finally two panels
  4. UTF-8 support
  5. Search files and directories
  6. Disk usage command
  7. Status lines
  8. Root mode with authentication with utilities such as sudo and su
  9. Bookmarks support
  10. Toolbar support
  11. Autosave registry functionality and many more

Visit Homepage: http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/


8. Nemo File Manager

Nemo is the default file manager on Cinnamon desktop, Linux Mint users must be familiar with it, it is a fork of the more popular GNOME Files.

Nemo File Manager for Linux

Nemo File Manager for Linux

It is also lightweight and has some great features which include:

  1. Uses GVFS and GIO
  2. Open in terminal support
  3. Open as root support
  4. Proper GTK bookmarks management
  5. Full navigation options such as back, forward, up, refresh
  6. Supports several configuration options and many more

Visit Homepage: https://github.com/linuxmint/nemo


9. Thunar File Manager

Thunar is a modern, lightweight file manager for Xfce desktop, designed to be fast, responsive and easy use. One thing you will like about it is its clean and intuitive interface with few and important user options available.

Thunar File Manager for Linux

Thunar File Manager for Linux

It has some great features which include:

  1. Highly pluggable
  2. Hidden settings
  3. Rename several files at once
  4. Custom commands associated with common extensions
  5. Customizable send to menu plus many more

Visit Homepage: http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/


10. Command Line File Manager

It may not be an actual file manager of sorts but what is file management on a Linux system, if we fail to talk about the command line. Very powerful and flexible especially when you understand the Linux filesystem and offers basic and advanced file management functionalities such as searching, copying, moving, creating and deleting files and also supports FTP, SFTP, SMB server access, SHH connections plus many more.

Linux Commandline File Manager

Linux Commandline File Manager

This list must have left many of you wondering why I have not mentioned some of your favorite file managers here but the list here is endless believe me, if we are to look all the usable and good file managers available in Linux but the choice depends on you as an individual.

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