Commander One –
a Finder alternative

Olga Weis

When you are working with large amounts of files an efficient file manager is a must. Finder is a default one for Mac OS X, but at some point it is just not enough anymore and there is a need to move up to something flexible with professional features. There are other apps available on the web, but it is not always easy to choose the right one. Do you want two panels or think one is enough? What features are you looking for? What connections are you going to work with?

Finder alternative for Mac OS X

Commander One is a free file manager for Mac OS X that is a great alternative to native Finder app starting with having two panels instead of one. Commander One lets you manage lots of files in a simple but effective manner. It supports local and network drives and has a handy switch to show/hide hidden files.

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Finder can work with FTP servers, local Dropbox and Google Drive folders, MTP devices, and some WebDAV servers. Commander One supports a lot of connections including FTP, SFTP, FTPS, FTPES, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, WebDAV protocol, Microsoft OneDrive, MTP, iOS. FXP Copy and SCP are scheduled for forthcoming releases.

Even being a top choice for professionals, Commander One can suit any level of users. Create, delete, move, copy, rename folders and files in a couple of clicks; rename folders while they are moved or copied. It is really easy to control file operations in Commander One thanks to background queue. Unlimited tabs, three view modes, local and remote drives – Commander One is fit for all your tasks.

Unlike Finder, Commander One can be personalized up to anyone's taste - choose your own hotkeys for any action and select your favorite color theme. And when you really need to find something, Commander One can search through contents, supports regular expressions, can search archives, whereas Finder only partially supports search through contents.

Commander One PRO features Process Viewer that lets you see all processes on your computer with the possibility to quit any of them. Finder also offers this option. Same situation with Terminal Emulator. File and folder comparison and folder synchronization are not offered in Finder; Commander One doesn't currently support these features. Both apps don't offer hex editor for now. Sorting in Finder is available by 9 parameters, while Commander One offers only 5 parameters.

Commander One works with ZIP, RAR, 7zip and TAR archives, RAR is only supported for reading, however ZIP, 7zip, and TAR are fully supported in read/write mode. Also you can work with archives as if they were regular folders. Finder supports ZIP in read/write mode, TAR archives in read-only, and doesn't offer the support for RAR and 7zip. Finder doesn't let you open archives as regular folders.

Finder being a native file manager for Mac OS X is free. Commander One is also a free file manager for Mac OS X however for additional payment advanced users can get an awesome set of features.

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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