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Nimble Commander for Mac

By Michael Kazakov Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 22, 2013

Files for Mac aims to ease file management in OS X by giving users a dual pane interface. While fast, smooth, and with a small memory footprint, this file manager could use some improvements when it comes to ease of use.

Opening Files for Mac for the first time, we were presented with an intuitive, but inelegant, interface, which displayed different folders in each windowpane. Each pane included a "Go To" drop-down menu, enabling quick and easy access to all the main folders in a user's home folder. It became clear very quickly that this file manager doesn't adhere to any of the OS X interface standards. While there are no thumbnail previews, full-size previews are available by pressing "F3" and not the spacebar, as it works in Finder, and this is only one of the many shortcuts that differ from what you're probably used to. There is no right-click or CTRL-click context menu at all. And, most baffling, you cannot drag and drop files from one side of the window to the other, which is the most basic and intuitive aspect of file management on the Mac since 1984. To move a file you must also, confusingly, hit F6 and rename it to another folder. Now, all of the shortcut confusion aside, the app works well, but we didn't find much to woo us away from the built-in tool.

Files for Mac aims to improve on the OS X's Finder, but could use some improvements, itself, such as adding a drag-and-drop option for a more convenient transfer. However, users who prefer minimalistic interfaces might like this file manager.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.2

  • Changed the application's title to Nimble Commander
  • Added basic support for editing remote files
  • Added support for lightweight search with Spotlight
  • Added the new Opt-Cmd-V shortcut to move item here
  • Added support for remapping the main navigation keys
  • Fixed the problem of connecting to SSH-less SFTP servers
  • Fixed the issue with changing the case when renaming folders
  • Made some improvements in the FindFiles panel's UI
  • Made lots of other minor fixes and improvements


Release June 21, 2016
Date Added June 20, 2016
Version 1.1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.11
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 1,007
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Nimble Commander (formerly Files) is a modern file manager designed specifically for Mac computers. It is built with efficiency in mind, providing blazing performance and instantaneous user interface response. On the other hand, Nimble Commander is based on the classic dual-pane ideology and traditional hotkeys layout, while maintaining minimalistic and clean UI design. Classic dual-pane interface: Nimble Commander delivers full keyboard access with the fastest way to handle file management tasks.

Efficiency: Nimble Commander starts almost instantly. It has a small memory footprint and works blazingly fast. Uninterrupted experience: Nimble Commander does most of its operations in the background, allowing users to focus on their tasks without unnecessary interruptions. Built-in file attributes editor and file viewer with textual/hexadecimal presentation. External editors integration, including native apps and terminal ones. Searching for files by file mask, filtering by file size and contained text. Archives building and browsing archives as regular folders. Powerful batch renaming. Built-in terminal emulator. Admin mode with root access to local filesystems. Ability to connect to remote FTP and SFTP servers.

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