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.
Below are a list of some of the best file managers and browsers that you can find on different Linux distributions and can be installed using default system package management tool called apt, yum or dnf.
1. Konqueror File Manager
Konqueror is a powerful and great file manager for KDE desktop, it offers simple file management functionalities such as copying, moving, searching and deleting file plus some advanced features and functionalities such as access to archives, browse and rip audio CDs, support for access to FTP and SFTP servers, smb(Windows) shares.
It has the following major features:
- Powered by KHTML rendering engine
- Uses a universal file viewer
- Has highly customizable applications
Visit Homepage: https://konqueror.org/
2. Nautilus File Manager
Formerly known as Nautilus, it is a simple and default file manager on GNOME desktop, it offers a user easy navigation and management of files on a Linux system.
GNOME Files is widely supported on several desktop environments on Linux, therefore making it one of the best and also most popular.
It has got some enticing features and these include:
- Simple to use menus
- Offers file safety
- Easy to understand at a glance
- Enables access to both local and remote files
Visit Homepage: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Nautilus/
3. Dolphin File Manager
Dolphin is a free, open source, lightweight file manager developed as part of KDE applications package. Designed for simplicity, flexibility and full customization, it allows users to browse, locate, open, copy and move files around a Linux system with a lot of ease.
It is the default file manager on KDE desktops from KDE 4 onwards but users of KDE 3 can also install and use it. It replaced Konqueror as the KDE default file manager with the following features:
- File previews
- Breadcrumb navigation bar
- Three view modes(icons, compact and details)
- Split views for easily moving files
- Support for shortcuts
- Undo/redo functionalities
- Tabbed navigation
- File sorting and grouping by name, size, types and many other attributes
Visit Homepage: https://www.kde.org/applications/system/dolphin/
4. GNU Midnight Commander
It is a free software, full-screen, text mode, visual file manager that lets a user search, copy, move and also delete files and even whole directory tree.
It is feature rich with some of these amazing features especially for those who love to operate on the terminal:
- Enables running commands in a subshell
- Has internal viewer and editor
- Based on versatile text interfaces such as Ncurses or S-Lang therefore making it work on a regular console, in an X Window Term or over SSH
Visit Homepage: https://www.midnight-commander.org/
Installation Instructions: http://www.tecmint.com/midnight-commander-a-console-based-file-manager-for-linux/
5. Krusader File Manager
It is also an advanced twin panel file manager that works similar to GNU Midnight Commander, but in a GUI setup and has some great features including:
- Support for mounted filesystem
- Advanced search module
- Extensive archive handling and support for multiple archive formats
- Support for FTP
- Directory synchronization
- File content comparisons
- User friendly and highly customizable
Visit Homepage: https://www.kde.org/applications/utilities/krusader/
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:
- Full support for GVFS with access to remote filesystems
- Four view modes (icon, compact, detail and also thumbnail)
- Support for desktop management
- Shows thumbnail for pictures
- Bookmarks functionality
- Support for tabbed windows
- Drag and drop support
- User friendly GTK+2 interface
- Default file association support plus many more, as I had mentioned, it is feature rich.
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.
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.
- Very fast GUI
- Small memory footprints
- Four file manager modes; one panel, directory tree and one panel, two panels and directory tree and finally two panels
- UTF-8 support
- Search files and directories
- Disk usage command
- Status lines
- Root mode with authentication with utilities such as sudo and su
- Bookmarks support
- Toolbar support
- 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.
It is also lightweight and has some great features which include:
- Uses GVFS and GIO
- Open in terminal support
- Open as root support
- Proper GTK bookmarks management
- Full navigation options such as back, forward, up, refresh
- 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.
It has some great features which include:
- Highly pluggable
- Hidden settings
- Rename several files at once
- Custom commands associated with common extensions
- 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.
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.
by Aaron Kili