Nimble Commander 4+

Michael Kazakov

    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Nimble Commander is a free dual-pane file manager designed specifically for Mac. Optimized for efficiency, Nimble Commander provides a blazing performance and momentary user interface feedback. Offering traditional powerful dual-panel manager concepts, Nimble Commander maintains minimalist and clean UI design at the same time.

• Classic tabbed dual-pane interface with different presentation modes: traditional UI and monospaced text-based variant
• Full keyboard access with the fastest way to handle file management tasks
• Nearly instantaneous launch, small memory footprint, and blazing-fast operation
• Configurable keyboard shortcuts
• Background operations processing
• Font and color customization
• Different file panel viewing modes: short, medium, full, and wide
• Instant files searching and filtering by typing
• File editing in editors of your choice, based on file extensions
• File search by name, size, or content
• QuickLook support

Advanced Features
• Built-in file attributes editor and file viewer with textual/hexadecimal presentation
• Showing file search results as a file panel
• Lightweight search with Spotlight
• Browsing archives (zip, tar, bz2, gz, pax, cpio, lha, ar, cab, mtree, iso, warc, rar) like folders
• Archives building
• Extended attributes modification
• Powerful batch renaming
• External tools integration
• Ability to connect to remote FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers, Dropbox service
• System and volumes information, showing processes list as a folder
• Checksum calculation

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What’s New

Version 1.4.0

- Updated for macOS Ventura.
- [Pro features] Now supports opening compressed non-archived files with these extensions: .bz2, .gz, .lz, .lz4, .lzma, .lzo, .xz, .z, .zst.
- Find Files and (De-)Select by Mask now both support masks based on regular expressions.
- Reformatted the UI of the Find Files dialog to make it more laconic.
- Themes are now following the current macOS appearance, automatically switching between the two selected themes whenever the system-wide appearance changes. That's configurable and can be disabled. By default, the built-in "Light" and "Dark" themes are selected.
- Added two new hotkeys: Shift+Cmd+Left/Right to focus the left/right panel.
- Now scrolling caused by keypresses is instantaneous by default for both Brief and List presentation modes. The "filePanel.presentation.smoothScrolling" config setting controls this behaviour.
- [Pro features] Batch Rename now picks a longest filename to select a range of characters from.
- Improved the robustness of in-place renaming, that fixes the situations when a filesystem change discarded the in-place editor.
- Improved the robustness of the filesystem notifications handling. Now NC tries to rely on system notifications whenever possible but also keeps a backup in case the events don't come.
- Now switching to a Single-Pane mode and then back to Dual-Pane mode preserves the proportion between the panels.
- Fixed an issue with moving items into the ".." directory.
- Fixed a performance degradation when calculating directories sizes in a massive listing.
- Fixed an issue with dragging a file into NC when a Full Disk Access was not granted, which could end up in an error.
- Fixed an issue with incorrect horizontal alignment of a scroller in the Brief presentation mode.
- Fixed the visual glitches in the Dark mode caused by transparency of the List view headers.
- Cmd-Backspace no longer moves an item to Trash when it's being renamed via in-place filename editor.
- Fixed a visual glitch of wrongly truncated filenames being when they could fit entirely.
- [Pro features] Fixed an issue with WebDAV that the MOVE request wasn't conforming to the RFC and could fail on some servers.
- Fixed an issue that cloud-based file providers caused huge resources consumption when browsing these directories.
- Improved the consistency of the custom hotkeys handling. Now non-menu actions rely on hotkey characters instead of key codes as previously.
- Fixed a visual glitch when Brief Mode wasn’t displaying items until manually scrolled.
- Fixed a sporadic deadlock in the native VFS happened when setting up listeners to notifications of the filesystem events.
- Fixed a QuickLook crash when switching between some PDF files.
- Fixed a UI crash that could happen when filenames contain newline symbols.
- Many other fixes, improvements and optimizations.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

chairmania ,

Super fast and flexible

This has been my go-to file manager for over a year. Powerful and fast.

Alaska Mertz ,

Nimble Commander

fast, excellent features, intuitive to use

cejeeb ,


Classic interface. Easy, lean and very fast compared to some of the competing utilities

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