MacCommander

MacCommander 1.15

Free
Two-pane file manager that supports browsing local and remote directories.
5.0  (1 vote)
1.15 (See all)

MacCommander is intended to manage your files and folders. Fortunately, it supports browsing not only local directories but also FTP sites and remote data storage services. The app is undoubtedly inspired by the old two-pane commanders. Actually, it also looks quite similar to many of the tools of this type available nowadays. However, the help documentation is poor and you will probably need to discover its features on your own.

MacCommander goes beyond the traditional two panes as it also lets you open various tabs in each of those panes. This way you can switch from one location to another in the blink of an eye. There is also the possibility of bookmarking given directories to keep them always at hand.

Most of the operations, such as copying, highlighting, pasting and switching between panes are keyboard-supported. In this regard, there is a set of shortcuts you can use. However, if you are not good at remember keyboard combinations, you can still use your mouse as drag-and-drop operations are also allowed.

In addition to common operations like browsing folder contents and searching for files, you can also use this tool for some other things. In this regard, it is great news that it lets you compare the contents of two directories, edit text files and preview file contents. Likewise, it can create and unzip a long list of archive types, even those which have been protected with passwords.

In my opinion, one of the best advantages of this file explorer is that it can mount remote directories and treat them as though they were local. For such purpose, there is a built-in FTP/SFTP client. Similarly, you can use Bonjour to mount remote file services, with support of most protocols, including AFP, SMB and WebDAV.

In general, what is best about MacCommander is that it facilitates file operations and integrates various services into a single app. Regrettably, this product has not been updated for some years, which means that it has not been optimized to work on the latest macOS versions. Finally, it is always good news that using this tool involves no cost.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Two panes to facilitates copying, moving and comparing operations
  • Supports creating and decompressing a long list of archive formats
  • Supports keyboard shortcuts and mouse operations
  • Mounts remote directories
  • Integrates multiple tools into a single app

Cons

  • Poor help documentation
  • Has not been updated for some time
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