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About FreeCommander

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock.

freeCommander is a dual-panel file explorer with many features. In addition to the standard file management features, it can be used to compare directories, display folder sizes, synchronize folders and more. The program can also open/create ZIp and CAB files, and open RAR files as well as search inside those archives. You can set view filters, create folder list (for printing), change file attributes, launch a command prompt, take a desktop screenshot and more.

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Features & Specifications


Supported languages
English, French, Spanish, German, Russian
Serviceable Area
Canada,  United States
Supported Platforms
  • Desktop Windows

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Domain Authority 56
Alexa Rank 129069
Platforms 36

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Plans & Pricing



  • Dual-panel technology – horizontal and vertical (one panel possible too)
  • Tabbed interface
  • Full access to desktop
  • Optional tree view for each panel
  • Built-in file viewer to view files in hex, binary, text or image format
  • File viewer and thumbnail view inside archives too
  • Built-in archive handling: ZIP (read, write)
  • Nested archive handling
  • Plugins for other archive (RAR, 7z, …)
  • Plain view – structureless view for files and folders
  • Linked browsing
  • Easy access to system folders, control panel, desktop and start menu
  • Copy, move, delete, rename files and folders (alternatively as Windows or FreeCommander operation)
  • Drag&drop
  • File searching (inside archive too)
  • Create and verify MD5 checksums
  • Wipe files
  • Multi rename tool
  • File properties and context menu
  • Calculation of folder size
  • Folder comparison
  • Folder synchronization
  • Modification of file date and attributes
  • Folder / program favorites
  • File filters (regexp possible too) for display and file operations
  • User defined columns for detailed views
  • DOS command line
  • Quick viewer
  • Quick search
  • Quick filter
  • Quick starter
  • Screenshots
  • All shortcuts are definable
  • A lot of settings – you can configure almost all
  • Multiple language support
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Critic Reviews

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    Cloudswave Score for FreeCommander

    Rating based on 4 Critic Reviews

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    0 Mixed reviews
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    0 unfavorable reviews
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  • FreeCommander is undoubtedly one of the best file managers on the market, and with some improvements, it could easily fight for the supremacy of this particular software category. However, the application receives constant updates, so if you're using it and are experiencing issues there's still hope.

  • FreeCommander is one of the most detailed file management tools you'll find for free. That makes it a great download for users who want more information and options that Windows or other freeware won't give them.

  • It can be a little intimidating for PC beginners, but if you feel like you've outgrown Windows Explorer then FreeCommander could be a sensible next step. Download the program and try it for yourself

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User Reviews

  • 2 In total

  • User review from

    Tommy Boucher

    You know, sometimes, when there are too many options, you just lose your time, but with FreeCommander, it’s worth it. I have to confess, I don’t use it much, having old habits of using Windows Explorer. So, when do I use FreeCommander? Every time I need to sort and order my files, or copy, or clean folders. It is very easy to switch from the single-pane to the dual pane view, using F10. Oki, now, I agree, if you can remember all the hotkeys, you won’t see life the same way. The power behind FreeCommander is how you can “command” easily. The second pane is very cool when you want to move files and folders, to destinations that are in the same folder. You can click on Ctrl E, and it duplicates the location to the second pane. There is a View (F3) and Edit (F4) functions that will show the file inside FreeCommander (quick look in a configuration files) or open your favorites text editor. Wait, the View isn’t embedded in FreeCommander, it opens in a new window. I agree, but it is a very powerful editor tool, light, that will be enough 90% of the time, so you won’t have to open your large Notepad or UltraEdit. With the FreeCommander editor, you are in instantly. There are so many commands that are time saving, like the Alt-F9 that will get all folder sizes. You don’t want it always on since it is resource consuming to calculate all folder sizes. Or the compare feature (Alt-V) that validate source and destination are the same. Ctrl Alt V will compare two files instead of folders (with your external compare tool). There is an integrated feature to “sync” the folders. I’ve never used it since I’m a Robocopy fan, but I get it. I like the way all the drives are pinned in the top bar, so you can navigate between all your drives, without having to click computers, and then scroll down to find your drives (in Windows Explorer). There are many views, from list and details to Thumbnails where you have 6 different sizes.

    Pros :

    • Very customizable.
    • A lot of hotkeys.

    Cons :

    • The UI is very ugly.
    • Compare is only a shortcut to call your external compare tools…
    • Programs are not detected. There is a list of very popular that should be detected.
    • Without the hotkeys, you will lose your way

    • December 24, 2015
  • User review from

    Maryna Bondarenko

    Despite the fact that the Windows developers are consistently improving the features of the standard file manager, it is noticeably inferior to many alternative applications. One of the good free alternatives to Windows Explorer is freeCommander. It might interest even those who used to work with shareware file managers such as Total Commander. The program has a two-pane interface and offers many customization options for its window: panels can be displayed horizontally, folders can be viewed in a tree structure, the display of buttons, disks can be customized. freeCommander support is extracting and viewing archives of different types, including .rar (read only) and .zip. Using this file manager, you can quickly view text and image files, synchronize and compare folders, quickly jump to frequently used directories, to split and merge files. There is also the built-in FTP-client and advanced search options.

    There are many different variants of file views in freeCommander. The files can be represented in the form of a table, list, thumbnails, etc. Clicking on the panel name it is possible to view the list of recently visited folders and to copy to the clipboard the full path to the current folder. If there are hundreds of files in the folder, you don't have to spend time looking through names. Use a quick filter instead. Just set the cursor in the window in the status bar and type a series of characters that appear in the file name. All files that do not match the filter are immediately discarded. Herewith the name starting doesn't matter. For example, if you enter 25, then in the folder you can see files 250fonts.rar and EFG25_58.exe both.

    On the toolbar, there are some buttons for different actions. Among them there is a button to quickly jump to the My Documents folder, to open the Start menu, to get fast access to folders and files on the desktop, to open the menu with the list of system folders, to open the menu with all control panel items.

    Pros :

    • Has the portable version.
    • Very similar to Total Commander, but free.

    Cons :

    • Rare updates.

    • December 22, 2015
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