File managers

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This article provides a list of file managers available in Gentoo.

A file manager is a computer program that allows for the manipulation of files and directories on a computer's filesystem.

Available software


Typically, graphical file managers are opened and configured from the desktop environment.

Name Package Homepage Description
Dolphin kde-apps/dolphin Plasma filemanager focusing on usability.
emelFM2 app-misc/emelfm2 File manager that implements the popular two-pane design.
Nautilus (Files) gnome-base/nautilus website Default file manager for the GNOME desktop.
Nemo gnome-extra/nemo Fork of GNOME's Nautilus file manager for Cinnamon.
PCManFM x11-misc/pcmanfm Powerful yet lightweight file manager from LXDE.
PCManFM-Qt x11-misc/pcmanfm-qt Qt GUI File manager, default file manager of LXQt.
spacefm x11-misc/spacefm A multi-panel tabbed file manager.
Thunar xfce-base/thunar Xfce file manager.
X File Explorer x11-misc/xfe MS-Explorer-like minimalist file manager for X.

Command line

Command line file managers are usually run in a terminal emulator, and often configured through configuration files. They can generally run remotely over SSH.

Name Package Homepage Description
GNU Midnight Commander app-misc/mc Free cross-platform orthodox file manager, started in 1994 as a clone of Norton Commander.
nnn (n³) app-misc/nnn Full-featured terminal file manager, full-featured, tiny, nearly 0-config, and incredibly fast.
ranger app-misc/ranger Console file manager with VI key bindings, a minimalistic, friendly curses interface, with a view on the directory hierarchy.

See also