Commander One – the best file manager for Mac OS X

If working with Finder makes you uncomfortable, tired of creating and switching between tabs, I want to control many actions using hotkeys and see a convenient two-pane interface like in Total Commander on Windows, you should definitely try Commander One for Mac, which we describe in detail in this material.

If you are an ordinary user, who purchased the Mac solely for content consumption, then most likely the Finder capabilities are enough for your eyes. But for those people who have recently moved from Windows to OS X or are constantly working with a large number of files, we clearly need an intelligent two-panel manager.

Commander One — pretty smart and handy file manager developed in the Swift 2 programming language.0 (improved performance of the developed software) and working with root rights.

«Cap» Commander One is pretty much like the top of the Finder. It was decided to get rid of Cover Flow (what, generally, and right). But added a separate switch to display hidden files, archive buttons, FTP, Amazon S3 protocol (secure storage) and advanced search.

Local search allows you to search for information absolutely anywhere, including packed archives. Reg Exp will expand regular expression search criteria. Spotlight integrated into the search appendix.


Separately, I would like to mention the button responsible for active operations. It collects all active processes associated with moving files in the background (similar to the button «Downloads» in safari).

The two-pane work area combines the advantages of a two-window view and the multi-tab Finder interface (You can create an unlimited number of tabs in each window).

Whenever you move files or folders, Commander One will prompt you to change their names, and then sends a window with the status of moving to the file operation queue.

Hot keys for quick file management are located at the bottom. Key assignment can be customized.

All this you can watch and use in the free version of Commander One. There is also an enhanced version of PRO Pack, which is available for the first 15 days of use for free.

PRO Pack provides access to the following features:

  • FTP client (FTP, SFTP or FTPS. Passwords are stored in Keychain, and Commander One remembers server settings);
  • connection and work with iOS- and MTP devices (a photo/camcorders, devices running Android and so on);
  • Amazon S3;
  • work with archives (ZIP, RAR, TBZ, TGZ, 7z);
  • terminal emulator with full screen mode;
  • integration with cloud storage Google Drive and Dropbox;
  • process viewer;
  • Topics.

The program is compatible with OS X 10.9 and newer versions of the system. Commander One can be classified as Must Have.