File managers comparison – FastCommander and Commander One

Olga Weis

Working with hundreds of files every day? Doesn't it feel sometimes that you could use some order in all this chaos? File managers are aimed to do exactly that – help you manage the file flow with grace, providing needed order and organization. When choosing your perfect file manager there is an important factor to consider – files are not stored just on hard drive anymore, they are in the clouds, on the servers, on external drives – you need a file manager that will help you with all this content.

Take a look at two file managers – Commander One and FastCommander


Commander One is purely written in Swift and offers a clean and flexible interface. It manages numerous files with an ease. You can see the hidden files and when you don't need to see them, just hide them with a neat switch. FastCommander is a fast and lightweight file manager for Mac tuned to specific Mac OS requirements.

So let's start with the connections these file managers offer. Commander One connects with many popular and highly sought after services in a two-panel environment. This includes FTP, SFTP, FTPS, FTPES, FXP Copy, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, WebDAV servers, Microsoft OneDrive, MTP, iOS. FastCommander unfortunately doesn't work with any of these connections.

Commander One PRO features its own Process Viewer. It is really handy in order to overview the current processes on your machine and offers you the ability to quit any of them. Terminal emulator is another built-in feature of Commander One that offers lightning-fast operations with the files, so that you don't lose any moment of your valuable time. FastCommander doesn't have the two above features. Also Commander One offers root access to files, while FastCommander doesn't. FastCommander will sort items by four parameters, and Commander One – by five.

Both compared file managers offer themes, however Commander One is a little bit more customizable by offering custom colors. Both managers let you bookmark stuff. You can group items by different parameters in FastCommander, although Commander One doesn't have such option.

One very important thing is unlimited tabs in each panel, offered by Commander One. This allows you to open as many folders as needed without the need to close them while you switch to another task. FastCommander doesn't offer tabs at all.

In Commander One users have possibility to assign custom hotkeys to any regular actions, which simplifies and speeds up work. There is no way to use hotkeys in FastCommander. Quick Look is only supported by Commander One.

Commander One has extensive possibilities while working with compressed folders. FastCommander only works with ZIP archives, while Commander One fully supports ZIP, 7zip, TAR (bz/gz/z/xz) archives and RAR type in read-only mode. Commander One allows you to work with compressed folders as if they were just regular folders and lets you search through compressed folders. Commander One supports search with RegEx, while FastCommander doesn't support them.

Commander One queues the file operations in the background, FastCommander doesn't have a file operations queue, however the latter can pause file operations when needed.

Commander One is a free file manager for Mac OS X with an optional PRO version that can be purchased to add advanced features. FastCommander is a really simple and basic file manager that comes in a free trial version and then you can purchase it.

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Commander One

Requirements: OS X 10.9+ , 19.75MB size
Version 1.7.4(2445) (21st Sep, 2017) Release notes
Category: System Utilities