FreeCommander

FreeCommander


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 67 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2009.02b
File Size:
2.36MB
Date Added:
September 12, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
48,462
Downloads Last Week:
87
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

FreeCommander includes way more functions than Windows Explorer, but it doesn't look nearly as good. It's cluttered with confusing buttons and lots of menus that you have to wade through. Once you get the hang of things, though, you'll find it to be a useful tool.

This program turns the traditional file menu into a split-screen file manager. That makes it so much easier to look at multiple folders at once. In addition to that, it's easy to drag files from one folder to another without accidentally making copies or messing things up. Initially, it's not easy to perform even the basic operations. There are more than 30 buttons on the menu bar and many of them link to features you'll only use once or twice if you use them at all. Luckily, you can customize several parts of the menu to make it fit your style. You can change what file folder the program starts with and the size and style of your file icons. FreeCommander even lets you set your own keyboard shortcuts and menu buttons for easier navigation.

Having too many icons and too much information isn't necessarily a bad thing for this program. FreeCommander is one of the most detailed file management tools you'll find for free. That makes it a great download for users who want more information and options that Windows or other freeware won't give them.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.6

    out of 67 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent free program"

    August 28, 2013   |   By rj-work

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    As a long-time daily user of Total Commander (my favourite piece of software - 5 stars & faultless), I really like the natural concept of double-pane file processing. FreeCommander also has this, and is almost a direct copy of Total Commander so in this sense I would give FreeCommander a very high score.

    Cons

    I gave FreeCommander a fairly good try-out and if Total Commander didn't exist I would give FreeCommander 4.5 stars. However in several minor ways I found differences, and a few things missing; also I didn't notice anything making FC better than TC so I cannot give FC the maximum rating. I thus rate FC 3.5 (to 4) stars.

    Summary

    An excellent piece of software on the test I gave it, but I like the "look & feel" of Total Commander slightly better. Also I think TC has 1 or 2 extra features which I use, which seem to be missing in FC.

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  • 3 stars

    "Ways better than Windows Explorer for File Exploring"

    August 20, 2013   |   By joanmarsters

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    Enjoy the quick nav bar and much friendly than Windows Explorer.

    Cons

    Cannot find one so far.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simply the best!"

    October 14, 2012   |   By robBob57

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    Great for copy and move ops. Double paned window really helps. Lots of options!

    Cons

    No update since 2010. But who needs it?

    Summary

    A must utility for any PC!

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  • 4 stars

    "My favorite file manager by far!"

    October 09, 2012   |   By JoelLeitner510

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    Dual panes, customizable views, quick previews, lots of powerful extras

    Cons

    - In the advanced FreeCommande XE version (beta), column sizes aren't "sticky" - if you resize a column and then change your view, it goes back to the default. A small issue, but annoying. Shouldn't stop you from getting it, though!
    - It doesn't completely understand WIndows 7's concept of "libraries". There are simple workarounds, though.
    - These two little bitty issues are the only thing keeping me from rating it 5 starts. I'd like to be able to give it a 4.75...

    Summary

    Get it! There's nothing else I've seen as good as FreeCommander XE

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  • 5 stars

    "Great File Manager!"

    December 31, 2011   |   By Bergerian

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    Dual panes, flat view of files from multiple folders, copies file locations, remembers where you are when you restart

    Cons

    No 64-bit version, yet

    Summary

    This does all the things I wish the horrible M$ Windows Explorer would do! How is it possible the M$ cannot get this right, whereas a free program nails it in one?

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  • 4 stars

    "A very comprehensive file management app!"

    November 16, 2011   |   By GCG1000

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    Has the most comprehensive set of file management tools of any product I've used. Best file search/finder capability around.

    Cons

    None at this time.

    Summary

    Though CommanderFree is freeware, the developer has put an extraordinary amount of time and effort in creating this utility program. He deserves a donation, if you like it. I donated, because it's a five piece of software!

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  • 5 stars

    "Once downloaded, soon adopted."

    November 13, 2011   |   By gerdami2

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    - Tabbed folders that memorised on program exit
    - Quick view of file contents (text files, pics and vids...)
    - Nice sync / diff folders

    Cons

    - Version 2009... Is product development abandoned ?

    Summary

    A MUST have utility

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  • 5 stars

    "A solid and versatile file management utility"

    November 13, 2011   |   By Jockster_CNET

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    I have used Freecommander for a number of years. Frustration with Windows XP shall we say lacklustre or non-existent file management features drove me towards looking for alternatives. Freecommander ticked all the boxes, and is free to boot! Features I love:

    * The tabbed, two-pane interface,
    * Locking tabs with folders I use all the time so they are always just a click away,
    * Compare and sync directories,
    * Create MD5 sums with a keyboard shortcut,
    * favorite tools toolbar providing quick access to applications I use all the time,
    * etc etc

    It has proven very stable over the years. The latest developmental FX version looks promising, too.

    Cons

    The interface is perhaps a bit dated. There are no major cons with this application in my experience, and cannot think of anything that I would have found annoying of falling short of what it was supposed to do.

    Summary

    Solid file management utility that is easily customizable.

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  • 5 stars

    "Try One Times__Easy and clean uninstall"

    November 10, 2011   |   By mermereng

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    FreeCommander isnt one software, lot+lot functions
    3-5 mb
    if u want portable posible
    hard talk about Freecommander because have lot properties
    sample: use for find, rename+multirename with lot custom, split,compress, lot shortcut pc function, multitab, .....

    Cons

    possible atomic fault but first software for me

    Summary

    10 stars for me with this functions, install and try because light,3-5mb but have lot functions

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy tool for file exploration"

    November 06, 2011   |   By rick0716

    Version: FreeCommander 2009.02b

    Pros

    Full functioned.

    Cons

    Many, many functions.

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