Commander One – a great alternative to Finder

Mac OS X comes with a pre-installed set of applications, and while some of them are really good, others leave a lot to desire for. Take, for example, the default OS X file management solution. Those who do not have to look at different documents and applications while working on their Mac might be okay with it. However, those who often need to refer to multiple files in different folders or reorganize the space on Mac’s hard drive now and then would be happy to find a better option.

If you have switched from Windows to Mac, it’s likely you fondly remember the application called Total Commander for PC. May be you are even wondering if there is something similar to it for Mac OS X? If you are, we are happy to bring you the good news – there is Commander One, your Total Commander for OS X.


Let us start with the way one views contents of a Mac. Classic dual-pane interface allows you to see two locations at a time and move files between them with the help of ‘drag-and-drop’ operation. There are three modes for viewing files and their structure on Mac – Full, Brief and Thumbs. There is a switch that allows you to display hidden files, be careful with them though – unless you know exactly what you are doing perhaps it’s best not to touch them at all.

Preview feature allows you to see pretty much all possible files, it supports even hex and binary data.

As for file management operations – creating files and folders, copying and moving them from one location to another, deleting the contents is done without much effort. You can also rename files and folders when moving them to a different location. Operations are queued so your computer never slows down with Commander One. Process Viewer enables you to see all running processes; you can choose to kill any of them, if required. History & Favorites allow you to navigate to recently or most frequently locations in a single click. Make use of hotkeys, they will save you a lot of time.


Additional functionality: Commander One is capable of mounting cloud storage services on your Mac so you can access data stored there as if it were on your Mac’s hard drive. The application supports all popular services such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, as well as WebDAV and FTP/SFTP/FTPS protocols. Apart from iOS devices, Commander One can help you browse the contents of Android devices too.

Unlike Finder Commander One supports multiple archive formats – work with files and folders in RAR, TBZ, TGZ and 7z formats.

Built-in Terminal emulator allows one to execute text commands; this feature will be in demand by those who like hardcore administration tasks.

Search functionality is capable of looking up a search keyword in the titles, as well as contents of files and folders – and archived data too. It is also integrated with OS X Spotlight.

The basic edition of Commander One is free and you can download it from the website of the app’s developer – Eltima Software. To make use of advanced functionality purchase a PRO Pack version for US$29.99.

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