I know this is an old topic, but I still have a problem to find a good alternative, maybe I have high standards.

There is a 4 years old article about this.

But the question is, why is Nautilus so bad in two pane mode? Why is it so slow when browsing folders? And, why are all other file managers from article so ugly?

I like Krusader, but it does not looks near as good as Nautilus.

Is Nautilus slow because of the fancy GUI rendering? Is it hard to make file manager which fits nice in Unity?

What is your experience and what file manager are you using?


I got interesting results by making Krusader look native in Unity. I like it now.

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  • possible duplicate of Are there any alternatives to Nautilus?
    – Takkat
    Commented Nov 6, 2012 at 20:35
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    @Takkat We are not looking for alternatives to Nautilus, but to Total Commander, so it can't be duplicate of "Are there any alternatives to Nautilus?"
    – umpirsky
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 6:45

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Well, honestly I like to put here a great answer to you, but I cannot. Still I can't find an equal program to Total Commander on ubuntu. I'm thinking same way like you about on nautilus and krusader.

Additionally I had needed a good FTP client like on Total Commander.

So I have ended with 2 programs.

  1. Double Commander http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/

    • (+) similar interface
    • (+) easy to use
    • (-) horrible ftp client
  2. BS Commander http://www.beesoft.org/index.php?id=bsc

    • (+) similar interface
    • (-) low functionality and configuration

P.S : Even I'm thinking about starting a open source project for making something total commander.

  • Thanks for your answer, I like Double Commander, too bad there is no Ubuntu package. If you start your open source project, pay attention on performances, Unity integration, .svg non blur icon and nice two pane browsing experience. Good luck.
    – umpirsky
    Commented Nov 6, 2012 at 13:31
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    If you are starting a open source file manager, maybe you can fork Thunar and just make it work with two panes. I think it would be perfect.
    – umpirsky
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 6:37
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    DOUBLE COMMANDER has ubuntu package, 'sudo apt-get add-apt-repository ppa:alexx2000/doublecmd' Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 8:25

All other file managers in the article are ugly, because as you have pointed out that article is dated four years back. So most of the tools in that article are bound to look outdated(Its from that time period).
For good(new age) alternatives to Nautilus, please refer this post:
Are there any alternatives to Nautilus?
Another list of alternatives, with screenshots:

Personally I like the Kde default file manager Dolphin, after Nautilus.

  • Thanks, I liked Thunar and PCMan, but they are both missing two pane experience we have in Total Commander, Krusader and others.
    – umpirsky
    Commented Nov 6, 2012 at 13:33
  • @umpirsky, You could upvote this answer if it helped you. ;)
    – saji89
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 4:38

Maybe you like the midnight commander. It's a terminal program but quite capable. It's true terminal style! Terminal is never ugly.

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