Total Commander Review

Total Commander is an advanced file manager featuring a dual pane interface and offering drag and drop support, along with easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for accessing its main features.

Pack and unpack archives like ZIP, ARC, TAR, GZ and CAB files; display and manage their contents as regular folders; show archive contents like regular files.


Total Commander is the ideal software if you want a file manager that does more than simply display files. The program features a range of useful features and plugins can expand upon its functionality for even further functionality. From burning CDs to viewing databases internally, Total Commander offers everything needed.

The program features an FTP server, enabling you to work with remote drives as if they were local partitions. Furthermore, two windows at once can be used simultaneously on separate partitions for copying or moving files between directories more efficiently. Another useful feature is being able to manage archives (ZIP or RAR) like subfolders.

Most functions can be easily accessed with keyboard shortcuts that are easy to remember, like SHIFT-F8 for deleting files or entire trees – much quicker than using Windows Explorer! SHIFT-F7 creates directories. There are also other shortcuts such as ALT-F4 for editing or CTRL-F for browsing that make things even simpler.

There is also a USB Installer tool, enabling you to move an existing installation of the program with all its plugins and settings files onto a flash drive for portable use. This tool is particularly handy if you need accessing multiple machines simultaneously.

Total Commander isn’t limited to Windows computers; it can also run on Apple Macs via Vmware Fusion, Parallels or CrossOver. Linux users may use Wine as well, although this solution requires much more system resources.


Total Commander is a free dual-pane file manager with an intuitive traditional interface. It offers various customization options for its appearance and provides access to its main features through easy keyboard shortcuts.

Not only can users take advantage of its standard functionality, but the program allows users to install additional plugins that expand its capabilities even further. Depending on which plugin is selected, users may be able to play audio files, create HTML pages or edit dBase/FoxPro databases with syntax highlighting features enabled. Some packages (like Anytag) offer such plugins while others must be downloaded separately.

The program handles archive files, both nested and unnested. It offers native unpack capabilities for several formats that span from common ones such as RAR and 7-Zip to those used by specific games – as well as compatibility with external archive software such as Universal Viewer and IrfanView.

Users can bind, for instance, F12 and Shift+F12 to copy both file name(s) and paths into their Windows clipboard – this feature is particularly handy if using command line programs such as PowerShell terminal windows. They can then paste this text directly into any text application such as external editors or PowerShell terminal windows.

There are various methods available for binding hotkeys, but it’s best to use the Configuration/Misc menu item, which provides a comprehensive list of possible keys. Furthermore, remapping commands with Configuration/Handlers menu item also works well.

Another key feature is synchronizing the contents of two computers; one will act as the server and another as client. This feature is particularly beneficial to teams working collaboratively on a project; they can work on one file and save it once they have edited it onto the server.

File comparison tool

Total Commander is an advanced file management solution with an expansive feature set, including text compare to highlight differences between files containing text, tables or images; and hex comparison to display differences byte-by-byte between two files so you can easily spot and eliminate unnecessary changes while mitigating regulatory compliance risks and potential penalties.

This feature can help save both time and effort when trying to locate the latest version of a file or folder, or when there are multiple versions with different names, by quickly searching through them to quickly locate what you need. Furthermore, it keeps your computer clean by uninstalling any unnecessary programs or files.

Use the Compare tool from the context menu to quickly compare two files or folders side-by-side, with results displayed in a dialog box. Folder selection also supports this functionality; all files contained within will be listed here as well as their unzipped versions for comparison purposes. Archiving support enables comparison between archived files and their unzipped counterparts.

Compare files of any file extension and format and easily display their contents either as lists or thumbnails. Select individual elements by color for easier distinguishing within lists; customize dialog box settings by changing font size/style as well as customizing action buttons – plus customize font-sized and style fonts!

File synchronization

Total Commander is a dual-pane file manager equipped with advanced features to increase productivity for IT pros. Highly configurable and featuring keyboard shortcuts for everything, Total Commander lets users create their own custom layouts as well as replace half a dozen programs including File Explorer completely – an essential tool for web designers, developers and programmers who need to upload or download files remotely from remote servers.

The Synchronization function allows you to compare the contents of two directories and synchronize their contents. It supports local directories as well as virtual file systems (open archives or folders in file system plugins). Furthermore, it supports recursive synchronization – copying files or subdirectories matching certain criteria – making life simpler for administrators.

Synchronizing whole directories by their content is another powerful feature, particularly useful when making backups. You can use comparison and synchronization functions to compare text files so as to see their differences easily; additionally, use the 4 or N or P keys to scroll through your list of files.

If you’re a true devotee of Total Commander, installing it on a Mac using Vmware Fusion or Parallels may be your answer. Otherwise there are alternatives such as Commander One and CRAX Commander which offer similar functionality, including FTP/SFTP transfers, folder browsing archives as folders multi renaming etc.

File manager

Total Commander can be used to efficiently organize files and directories, create, copy, move, paste files into new folders, change file or directory permissions and delete files and folders. It also offers features that enable users to customize the program with custom colors, font sizes and icon sizes as well as menu customization and personalized keyboard shortcuts for maximum convenience.

The plug-in assembly (DLL) represents each plug-in from Total Commander’s perspective. It serves as a single-purpose assembly which implements its function interface and contains support classes and structures; furthermore, it acts as a marshal between unmanaged code (C++-like types like char*) and managed code (String types) by performing marshaling operations between unmanaged code (e.g. from C++-like types to managed types like String).

To create a plug-in assembly, the Plug-in Builder examines each plugin class to see which plug-in functions it overrides (implements), and which it does not. Based on these observations, he generates an assembly which represents both class and its function interfaces.

Total Commander plugin provides another useful feature – backing up application settings such as FTP, languages and registry entries – which enables users to restore them on different computers or after reinstalling Windows without having to re-configure. Furthermore, USB sticks allow them to take backup copies with them – ideal if taking Total Commander to work or school is part of your daily life.

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