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muCommander for Mac

By mu-j Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 13, 2013

Managing a large volume of files and folders is definitely a headache for most users. Feature-packed muCommander for Mac offers a great tool for anyone looking for an advanced file manager. This application performs well and offers a high level of customization.

The installation of muCommander for Mac literally takes seconds as all you need to do is drag the application into your Applications folder. The installation does require you to have the latest Java Runtime Environment, so if you don't have it you will be automatically taken to java.com to download it. Upon startup you can customize your file manager by selecting the preferred theme and look and feel. muCommander offers a pretty straightforward file manager layout with a dual-pane interface and intuitive icons. The file manager supports FTP, HDFS, HTTP, NFS, S3, SFTP, and SMB. There are some additional options, too, such as to open multiple tabs for easier navigation, to quickly add and edit bookmarks, and to modify zip files without having to recompress the whole archive, which we found very convenient. Under Help there is a list of all possible keyboard shortcuts as well as a link to Online Documentation where you can find FAQ and Customization sections. This application is really feature-packed, and it's geared toward the more experienced user.

muCommander for Mac offers a very useful and powerful file manager. Advanced users will love the level of customization and the amount of features offered completely free of charge, but beginners may find the options overwhelming.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.9.0

- Tabbed browsing support (ticket #185).
- Added support for Xfce desktop environment (ticket #394).
- Text viewer and editor can now display line numbers.
- New quick list for root folders, mapped onto Alt+5 by default (ticket #400).
- Natural file ordering, suggested by 'andraaspar' in the forums. All symbols now come before digits (ticket #282).
- Improved the display of filenames when they are not entirely visible, by removing characters in the middle so that both ends of the filename are visible.
- Current folder is now automatically changed to a workable folder when it is no longer available (ticket #333).
- Upgraded the JmDNS library (used for Bonjour support) to version 3.1.
- Upgraded the jCIFS library (used for SMB support) to version 1.3.14.
- Better RAR archive support (ticket #152).
- Text viewer and editor can now wrap long lines (ticket #101).
- The bookmarks quick list is now displayed unsorted (ticket #416).
- Changed the quick search mechanism in quick lists to match the one used in the folder pane (ticket #171).
- Added an option to change the font size in the text file editor/viewer by pressing Ctrl while rotating the mouse wheel (ticket #409).
- Application state is now persisted on shutdown in a dedicated snapshot.xml file, instead of being stored along with preferences in preferences.xml (see http://trac.mucommander.com/wiki/StatePersistence).
- Changed the color of hidden files to be different from regular files (ticket #262).
- Changed the default keyboard shortcuts of the 'open in both panels', 'open in other panel', 'recall next window' and 'recall previous window' actions, to make room for the new tab-related shortcuts.
- File editor/viewer is now getting the focus when initiated (ticket #92).
- Comic Book Archive files (cbr, cbz, cb7, cbt) are now recognized as archives (#454).
- New: Turkish translation, contributed by Emre Aytac
- New: Catalan translation, contributed by Jordi Plantalech
- New: Belarusian translation, contributed by vboo.
- New: Norwegian translation, contributed by Ingrid Amundsen.
- Russian translation updated. Update contributed by Alexey Sirotov and Evgeny Morozov.
- Ukrainian translation updated. Update contributed by Oleksandr Kovalchuk.
- Spanish translation updated. Update contributed by Xavi Miro.


Release August 5, 2012
Date Added August 5, 2012
Version 0.9.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

muCommander is a cross-platform file manager which features support for FTP, SFTP, SMB, HTTP/HTTPS, Email attachments, ZIP/GZip/TAR archives, universal bookmarks, multiple windows, cutomizable UI and is available in 11 languages.