Multi Commander is A Sleek And Perfect Replacement For Windows Explorer

I f you're looking for an alternative for Windows Explorer, Multi Commander can be a good solution for you. It has both portable and in...

Multi Commander is A Sleek And Perfect Replacement For Windows Explorer

If you're looking for an alternative for Windows Explorer, Multi Commander can be a good solution for you. It has both portable and installable package so you can make it as a perfect solution for home and workplace too. It is a tab-based file manager which allows you to choose either Windows Explorer mode or keyboard shortcut mode or your own custom mode. It has many regularly used buttons which makes it convenient for all users. You can apply basic file operation (like cut, copy, paste, rename, view, move etc.. The main feature which I like in Multi Commander is its auto unpacking/auto sorting files, customizable layout, search bar, FTP quick access and fast file browsing. It has more other features too, we'll discuss about it later. Multi Commander 1.10 contains over 180 changes according to the author, including a new Folder Tree feature, which adds a folder tree option to each of Multi Commander's two window panes. Also new in version 1.10 is customizable file colors based on the file name as well as a new column listing additional information from IMDB and for identifiable movies. So join us after the break for more information.

Features at a glance

This is a list of some of the features you will find in Multi Commander. It is not even close to complete. There are so many features and tweaks in Multi Commander that not everything can be listed here.


  • Dual Panel
  • Tabs
  • Commander styled keyboard/mouse setup
  • Windows Explorer styled keyboard/mouse setup
  • Customizable colors
  • Customizable keyboard
  • Customizable mouse
  • Clickable crumbbar
  • Command line field for quick commands
  • Alias
  • Button panel
  • Log window

File System Browser

  • Fast Selection/Deselection of multiple files using filters
  • Set view filter to minimize files that should be shown.
  • Go to next/previous sibling folder with ctrl+pgup/pgdn
  • Load/Save current selection to memory or file
  • Restore previous copy/move selection with num+/
  • Compare panel and select Duplicates, Missing, Newest
  • Hotpath to fast go to user defined paths
  • Back/Forward to go to location in previously visited
  • History button to show the latest location you been at for fast access
  • Command line command to fast go to path
  • Edit path field to change path
  • Disconnect USB/remote device from inside Multi Commander
  • Quick search window to do in place search for file/folders

File System

  • Browse local hard drives
  • Browse network servers/shares
  • Plug-ins expands the file system.
  • FTP (with SSL/TLS Support)
  • Browse the Registry as a file system
  • Browse archives (Zip, 7Zip, Rar, Tar, gz, bz2 )
  • Show file properties as columns

File Operations

  • All file operations are run in background. Do not lockup the main window.
  • Delete files and folder
  • Delete to recycle bin
  • Delete files inside archives (e.g. Zip)
  • Copy 
  • Move
  • Rename

Copy / Move File Operations

  • Filters to include or exclude files and folders.
  • Tweak read/write strategy (buffers,chunks, read/write option, A sync/sync, ... )
  • Keep broken/unfinished files.
  • Keep file and folder date
  • Copy-Move Plugins like Auto Sort, Auto Unpack, Content copy
  • Preset
  • Auto load of preset based on path


  • Unpack (Zip, 7Zip, Rar, tar,gz,bz2, tar.gz, tar.bz2 )
  • Unpack filter
  • Unpack archives into individual folders


  • Pack (Zip, 7Zip, tar,gz,bz2, tar.gz, tar.bz2 )
  • Using filters
  • Pack folders into individual files

File Viewer

  • Can view files of any size with minimal memory usage.
  • Highlighting
  • Auto load if file is changed.
  • Customize colors and background
  • View as ASCII, UTF8, Unicode, Binary , Hex
  • Find substring in text
  • Copy selection to clipboard or save to file
  • Clickable web links
  • Keyboard navigation ( ctrl+n )

Tools / Misc.

  • Find opened/lock files. Find what process has a specific files open
  • Change the date and time of  a folder so it get the time of the latest file in that folder.
  • Change File attribute and date and time
  • Show Folder size in file system browser.
  • Rename multiple files by replace substring in name
  • Run Multi Commander from Portable/USB device
  • Backup and restore Multi Commander settings
  • Multi Update automatically updates Multi Commander to latest version
  • Portable. Can be installed on USB device. Will not save anything on the host computer.


  • Send filename with or without fullpath to clipboard
  • Send comma separated list of all selected files to the clipboard
  • Image information in clipboard (screen capture) can be save as JPG/PNG/BMP with ctrl+v (paste)
  • Text information in clipboard can be save to text file with ctrl+v (paste)

Convert Files

  • Convert text file to/from Unix/Windows/Mac format
  • Reformat or compact xml files.
  • Base64 encode/decode files.


  • Wizard that helps you create Junctions\Symlinks\Hardlinks
  • File system browser will flow links.
  • Shows Link target in file system browser.

File Security

  • Take ownership of files/folders
  • Remove file permission for all users on files/folders
  • Add permission to user/group for files/folders

Audio Tools

  • Remove ID3 meta data from mp3
  • Export ID3 data to text file.
  • Show MP3 ID3 Information
  • Show ID3 data as columns in the file system browser
  • Show aggregated genre column of folders ( will scan 3 folders down)

Picture Tools

  • Convert pictures to JPEG/PNG/BMP
  • Rotate/Flip pictures
  • Auto rotate pictures according to EXIF information
  • Lossless rotation of jpg
  • Preserve file dates.
  • Strip EXIF Information from pictures
  • Export EXIF information from pictures to text file
  • Adjust EXIF Date information in pictures by changing the time -/+ X minutes.
  • Adjust Pictures file date to the date of the EXIF date information
  • Show EXIF data column in the file system browser
  • GPS Exif column is clickable and will show location in Google map.

Video Tools

  • Show Movie Information like rating, genre (and more) as columns on movie files
  • Get Movie Information from IMDB and RottenTomato


  • Exclude folders from search
  • Search by looking for file content, file attributes, file size, file time
  • Limit subfolder search levels.
  • Minimize you search result by searching in the result.
  • Remove items or group of items from search result with context menu
  • Save/load search criteria
  • Save/load search result
  • Delete/Copy/Move/View from search result
  • Multiple search tabs

File Verifier

  • Verify .SFV (crc32), MD5 files
  • Create SFV / MD5
  • Verify CRC/MD5/SHA1 code against a file.
  • Option to rename all bad files to *.bad
  • Option to delete all bad files
  • Auto start verify if double click on .sfv file in the file system browser

Plugin and extensions

  • File System plugin ( e.g., Registry , FTP, Zip, Rar )
  • File Properties plugin (for showing file properties in columns ), (E.g. Showing EXIF or ID3 meta information)
  • Copy/Move File Operations Plugins ( E.g.. Auto Unpack, Auto sorting files )
  • Application extensions. Expand Multi Commander with new utils/tools.

When you run it for the 1st time, you will be asked to select Multi Commander Tagline to control over.

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Once launched, Multi Commander displays a dual pane tabbed interface which can be reduced to a single pane by dragging either of the panes onto the other or by changing the workspace split size from View –> Split Size. The options on the bottom of the interface allow executing tasks easily. The available options include, Help, Refresh, View, Edit, Copy, Move, Makedir (create folder), delete, Notepad, Play in music folder, Registry, system drives (organized by drive letters), task manager, computer management, select images and so on. These options allow easy execution, editing and management of files and folders, as well as quick access to system utilities.

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You can edit, copy, move, delete, pack, unpack and test compressed archives from the File menu. Similarly the Edit menu provides cut, copy, paste and file selection options.

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Plugins and extensions can be managed from Configurations menu. Multi Commander comes packed with various plugins and extensions which allow connecting to an FTP and FSFTP server, and also allows managing audio, video, text and other kinds of files with the help of installed applications. Other options, such as, user rights management for files and folders, clipboard, folder date correction, folder size calculation and the like can be accessed from Tools menu.

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Multi Commander 1.10 is available as a freeware download for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Server, Vista and 7. While the author has made the program free, he has reserved the right to charge for the program in the future, suggesting it may revert to a paid-for product at some future stage of its development. Read More About Multi Commander

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