A high level of file management can be reached with the updated version of Commander One v3.0. The app is now fully compatible with macOS Big Sur, offers more efficiency, stability, and improved functionality.
Commander One is a free file manager created in Swift, has a dual-pane interface that helps you handle your files in the most efficient way. Besides being easy-to-use, the app is rather fast and powerful that offers necessary features for seamless and full control over your files and folders.
Cultofmac.com - “Commander One looks like a great app to have on your Mac if you’re frustrated with OS X’s built-in file management.”
Lifehacker.com - ”Once it’s installed, you get dual pane browsing, unlimited tabs, a variety of sorting options, an easy toggle for revealing hidden files, and more. It also adds a handful of new keyboard shortcuts to make moving files around a little less painful. If you’re not a fan of how Finder does things, Commander One’s a more than capable alternative.”
-Classical dual-panel appearance that can be adjusted according to your taste (color theme, fonts);
-Support for the Dark Mode to be in tune with the times (available starting from 10.14 only);
-Multiple tabs for browsing as many folders as needed;
-Support for three view modes, namely Full, Brief, and Thumbs for convenient work with different types of files.
Slick navigation and display:
-Hidden files are revealed with one click;
-Support for file operations queuing including already in progress;
-Support for drag and drop functionality;
-Rename files and folders while moving.
Different search methods:
-Built-in search with support for Regex;
-Search by file contents;
Commander One can offer more useful features that can simplify your work routine:
-Configure hotkeys for most frequently used operations;
-Brief mode to view and handle many files simultaneously;
-Support for Finder Tags;
-Archive and unarchive files and open ZIP as regular folders;
-Work with .ipa, .apk, .jar, .ear, .war files as with regular folders;
-Preview all types of files, including Hex and Binary, before opening them;
-Detect over the network and conveniently list computers that use NetBIOS protocol;
-Seamlessly obtain access to the folders that are open or you use the most through History and Favorites;
-Select the program to open the file using 'Open with' in the main menu - File or via the context menu;
-Choose UI language.
*PRO version of Commander One is available via in-app purchase*
Additional features available in Commander One Pro
-Built-in FTP, SFTP, FTPS Manager including the possibility to set up file permissions via these protocols
-7zip support with compressing, extracting, full access, and search
-Support for RAR format with extracting, full access, and search
-Support for TarGz with compressing, extracting, search, and full access
-Custom themes to make an individual appearance
-Connect MTP devices, access and work with files easily
-Map Dropbox and Dropbox Business accounts as a drive for comfortable access
-Ability to share Dropbox links with ease
-Mount as many Google Drive accounts as required and deal with your files and folders, including “Shared with me” folder, without copying data on your Mac
-Map unlimited number of WebDAV connections and access your online files
-Mount and handle files in Amazon S3 storage and S3-compatible storages
-Connect and manage your files stored on Box.com
-Manage online files stored on Microsoft OneDrive accounts as if they are stored on your Mac
-Map and deal with files in Backblaze B2
-Access pCloud accounts with one click
-Map Mega cloud service and manage files stored there
-Mount OpenStack SWIFT to get flawless access to your online files
-Protect your files with encryption on all online connections
Feel free to contact us at email@example.com. We are happy to help. Your feedback is welcome and will be taken into account for the next releases.
Improved: work with Dropbox.
NOTE: to use Dropbox connections it is highly recommended to update Commander One to the latest version.
Ratings and Reviews
Great Double Panel View
I have started using this app for it’s tab panel views. It is great for moving files from on location to another easily without wasting the time of playing with stacked or side by side finder windows.
Unfortunately, it would have been better if the devs kept the shortcuts the same as finder. Because I cannot quickly preview files or use the osx wide hotkey commands (such as command + delete) this has become a niche app for me instead of the finder replacement I was looking for.
Regarldess, good app for me, and great for anyone who doesn’t mind having to learn new software, versus the software learning from you (as we say in the Human Computer Interaction field).
Developer Response ,
Hello, thank you for the feedback. As for hotkeys, you can assign your own for certain actions. You should disable the functionality of Function keys so that you could map specific keyboard shortcuts to F-Keys.
I am so. thankful for Commander One
I have used both Mac and Windows OS extensively over many years, and it blows my mind that any program can call itself a file manager (finder) that runs in just one window. WHY? It’s clumbsy and error prone. This program indeed lacks the warm fuzzy, look and feel of native mac programs, but lets talk about usability. Invest the time in this program and you will be rewarded with clear safe file manipulation. No more files dropping into the wrong folder as you drag files to a different folder or window. Try and track down a few of those lost files, and you will understand how much better it is to open your source on the left window and destination on the right, then just the click copy or move button. Its easy and reliable. If that is all it did, it would be wortth it. Add to that the tons of other things it can do, and this is a no brainer. The best, even if it does look clunky.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for such thorough feedback. This review made our day!
Best alternative to Finder in Big Sur
If you're looking for a file explorer that goes beyond Finder and is a little more Windows-like, try this. I jumped into the Apple Universe with Big Sur and didn't want to get into a subscription-based offering for functionality so basic that it should really be part of the OS. No-cost options were not many in early 2021 so I tried pretty much all that were available in the App Store. This is the best that I've found. That's why I give 5 stars - not because it's perfect but because it was the best of limited options given my search criteria.
Developer Response ,
Unfortunately, it is not clear what exactly does not work for you. Please contact our support team via firstname.lastname@example.org for further discussion.
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- Electronic Team, Inc.
- 55.2 MB
- Requires macOS 10.12 or later.
English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Ukrainian
- Age Rating
- © Electronic Team, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- PRO Pack $29.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.