Dual-pane file manager
with classic design

Familiar Mac swiftness, charged for power users:

• Software developers
• System administrators
• IT professionals and enthusiasts

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A few words from Michael Kazakov, developer of NC:

Hello, guys!

Let me guess: You were looking for a decent dual-pane file manager for Mac OS X and have found some websites, but…
… each of them basically tells you the same things:

• Very Powerful
• Super Convenient
• The Best Replacement for Total Commander

So you might wonder, how can you choose between them. Or you may ask yourself, “why should I choose Nimble Commander?”

I’ve been developing Nimble Commander since 2013, and this tool was initially intended for IT professionals – that’s what makes NC different from the competition. As I’ve been writing software for 20+ years and eventually got a PhD in CS, I probably know better what is required for effective work.

I initially wrote NC for myself, and now I’m offering you the result. However, the development of Nimble Commander continues every day, and I’ll be happy to hear your recommendations, so that I can catch up with them in the forthcoming releases.

Try the free version – that’s how you can find out which solution works best for you.

You have 30 free days!

Project Goals


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Nimble Commander is built with efficiency in mind to ensure the minimum consumption of system resources. Written mostly in C++, it provides blazing performance and instantaneous user interface response. For instance, handling dozens of windows and tabs is no big deal.

Following the strong traditions of orthodox dual-panel file managers, Nimble Commander provides quick keyboard access to file management operations. To save your time, there are keyboard shortcuts for more than a hundred actions.


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Flexibility 96x96

Nimble Commander is designed to be flexible and comfortable for a vast range of uses. Colors, sizes, fonts, presentation types, filename trimming, quick search behavior, external tools, terminal emulator position, hotkeys layout – you can customize all of that.

Orthodox dual-panel file manager with modern Mac OS X UI

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Laconic, yet powerful user interface:

  • Tabbed file panels
  • Filtering by typing
  • Drag & drop support
  • Mask-based selection
  • Instant selection by extension
  • Navigation quick lists
  • Quick Look integration
  • Fast sharing

Fully functional during the 30-day trial period


File search 64x64File Search

Locate items by their attributes or content by using custom search or with Spotlight. You can feed search results to a panel and manipulate items as if they were in a regular directory.

File viewer 64x64File Viewer

The built-in file viewer can show content in a textual or hexadecimal representation. If the file is large, only a tiny part of it will be loaded into the memory, which enables you to handle even multi-gigabyte files.

Batch rename 64x64Batch Renaming

You can easily mass-rename files based on sophisticated patterns by using this feature. The Batch Rename tool allows you to decompose filenames, insert date & time, search & replace, define counters, and transform the letter case.

Terminal 64x64Terminal Emulator

You can open the built-in UNIX terminal emulator in one click. It will use the same window. When you navigate within panels or by using the plain “cd” command, the shell and the panel always stay in sync. You can also use an overlapped terminal simultaneously with file panels.

Archives handling 64x64Archives Handling

With Nimble Commander, you can browse archive files like regular folders, and access separate items within them without unpacking the whole data. Compression into Zip archives is supported, too.

Connectivity 64x64Connectivity

Nimble Commander lets you connect to remote FTP/SFTP servers and use all its built-in tools there. You can also open remote files in other applications for editing; your changes will be uploaded back to the server.

System information 64x64System Info

Useful system information, including general CPU/RAM usage, free disk space, and other statistics on file systems or running processes with corresponding details.

Attributes edition 64x64Attributes Editing

Customize UNIX & BSD flags, file times, and the ownership of multiple items. You can also access the extended file attributes of a selected item and handle them like regular files.

Admin modeAdmin mode 64x64

No need in “sudo” or in restarting an app under another user. Just toggle the admin mode and gain an unrestricted root access within the same file panels. Of course, Nimble Commander will ask you for administrator’s credentials first.

Classic mode 64x64Classic Mode

Are you missing UI with monospaced font? Here is the Classic Presentation, which allows you to use the traditional layout without sacrificing the modern integration level.

Checksum calculation 64x64Hash Calculation

Need to know a file’s CRC32/MD5/SHA2 or other hash code? It is literally two key presses away.

Links handling 64x64Links Handling

You can use the handy user interface to make hard links, or to edit existing or create new symbolic links. No terminal is required.


Versions Comparison

Nimble Commander Free

Nimble Commander Pro
or Pro Features add-on

Nimble Commander

Mac App Store

Mac App Store


Background file operations

Presentation modes

Tabbed interface

Drag&drop support

Sorting by criterion

Quick Look

Navigation by typing

Filtering by typing

History navigation

Selection by mask

Navigation quick lists


Quick selection by extension

File search

External editors

Copied files verification

Search results panelizing

Search with Spotlight

Files compression

Archives browsing

NEW External Tools support

Built-in viewer

Batch renaming

FTP client

SFTP client

NEW Remote files editing

UNIX&BSD flags editing

Brief system overview

Ext. attributes modification

Volume information

Links manipulation

Processes info

Checksum calculation

Admin mode

Built-in terminal

NEW F1..F19 without Fn key

Get it now!

Nimble Commander requires minimal resources to operate:

• OS X version: 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan
• 9 MB of free disk space

You can download Nimble Commander
with a free 30-day trial period without any functionality limitations: