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FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:59 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander - Freeware


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. You can take FreeCommander anywhere - just copy the installation directory on a CD, USB-Stick or even a floppy disk - and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.


- Dual-panel technology - horizontal and vertical
- Optional tree view for each panel
- Built in file viewer to view files in hex, binary, text or image format
- File viewer inside archives too
- Built in archive handling: ZIP (read, write), CAB (read, write), RAR (read)
- Nested archive handling
- Easy access to system folders, control panel, desktop and start menu
- Copy, move, delete, rename files and folders
- Wipe files
- Create and verify MD5 checksums
- File splitting
- File properties and context menu
- Calculation of folder size
- Folder comparison / synchronization
- Modification of file date and attributes
- Folder / program favorites
- File searching (inside archive too)
- File filters for display
- DOS command line
- Custom keyboard shortcuts
- Multiple language support

More Details

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:16 am
by Dreamer
freeCommander 2006.06 (with many new features) has been released.

* Network neighborhood available as drive
* Shortcuts for copy and move are now free definable
* Shortcuts for view and edit are now free definable
* Concurrent ZIP operations possible
* Unpack JAR, WAR, EAR archive files
* Multiple editors (for F4) definable
* New shortcuts and toolbar icons for history (back: Alt+Left, next: Alt+Right)
* New shortcuts in search dialog
Display in active panel: Space
Display in inactive panel: Ctrl+Space
Copy: Ctrl+C
Delete: Del
* Accept "file://///server/share/folder" as command line parameter
* New Option in Synchronize folder:
- Up to 2 sec. ignore
- with hidden
* Custom columns
* New shortcut Shift+F1 shows popup menu for views
* Autosize for drives combo box (for dropdown)
* Settings: new program icons to choose
* Better performance for image browser
* Overlay images for extracted icons (TortoiseCVS icons too)
* Settings for "Search files" window: show in taskbar, auto add * to file name
* Configuration Changes/Enhancements:
This lines you can define in the freeCommander.ini file.
- DosCommandBoxSpec=
You can define your own command line interpreter for Ctrl+D
- AlignDrivesLeft=1
Shows combo box drives align to left
- ShowUserInCaption=1
Shows current user in window caption
* Popup menus added to the buttons of the toolbar:
- DELETE: basket context menu
- DETAILS, LIST: same as Shift+F1
- FILTER: filter popup menu
* Many small bugs fixed

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:50 am
by Dreamer
New versions - changelog:


- Bug (critical): NC-Modus only - after rename operation the item was selected, but the selection was not visible
- Bug: on some pcs the tree pane was not visible
- Hotkey for sort by extension Shift+Ctrl+F4
- Default value for 'SelectCurrentHistoryDir4SelectDrive' changed to 1
- Some small bugs fixed


- Bug: MD5 sum for big files is not computed
- Bug: Splitter horizontal, network drive activate/deactivate -> lower drive bar is not displayed properly
- Bug: If 'Minimize to system tray' feature is active, the memory usage of the program is the same as when the program is opened
- Bug: Size settings in the search window work not correctly for some languages
- Bug: Sorting files by size, in the search window for some languages
- Bug: A problem with unpacking RAR files from subfolder: the file is extracted together with the folder
- Bug: The program crashes if you want to view images very quickly: F3,ESC,F3,ESC,F3,ESC,.....
- Bug: Rename item from context menu - after rename the item is selected (only NC-modus)
- Config item for drive select: always try to open folder from current history

- New setting for external viewer: Assign to menu item 'File->View'
- Bug: I can't change driver letter with shortcut Shift + 'drive letter' if drives are shown as combo box
- Config items for freeCommander.ini
- Unpack files with national characters from RAR archive
- New commands for "Define shortcuts...": find computer, delete without recycle bin (Shift+F8), open with...
- Bug: some problems with select of files in NC-Modus
- Bug: sort on "Type" column
- Rename - only file name (without extension) will be selected for in-place editing
- Bug: only system partition visible under Windows Vista
- Variables %FcSrcDrive% and %FcSrcPath% available for defining of favorites, external viewer and editors

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:34 am
by NewChti
I have been using for years Powerdesk (Version 4.0.1) for NT which has proved to be compatible with Win 2000 then XP.
It's doing the same as FreeCommander.
Once you use this kind of tool, you stop wondering why so many people hate Microsoft, as they continue to deliver system tools that come short of being nicely designed and charge more for less practical usability.

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 12:16 am
by Dreamer
freeCommander 2007.05 has been released.

1. New symbols for the splitter: Favorite tools, Edit, View
2. Settings dialog
General: Process close as minimize (active if 'Minimize to system tray' checked)
Auto save settings
Confirmations: Show popup menu for left button drop
3. Menu item: Save settings
4. Loading/Storing of ini file improved
5. Splitter position stored as percent of window size now^
6. "Make Folder List..." window: settings are saved.
7. Support for "ClearType" fonts (you can disable this with UseDesktopFont=0)
8. Quick view Ctrl+Q
9. View images - improved
10. Better performance for connect via VPN or NetDrive
11. The internal viewer - renewed:
- no limit for file size for Views: text, binary, hex
- new views: rtf, unicode, media, internet
- interface for WLX plugins
12. Settings dialog - new option 'Show two bars' for drives
13. Command line parameters are passed to the first instance (if 'Only one instance' is active)
14. Ctrl+I now is functioning as a switch
15. New Options for image browser (spacing, optimization)
16. Copy current dir to clipboard - new address bar button
17. Folder tabs
18. Right mouse click on hot folder in address bar shows popup menu with subfolders
19. Quick filter (Ctrl+Y, Alt+Y)

Re: freeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:20 am
by Dreamer
The official FreeCommander forum has been started!

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:19 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2007.10 has been released!

• Address bar editable with auto completition and auto suggest (Alt+G or middle mouse button click)
• Function key bar
• DoubleClick on locked tab - go to locked folder, if not in tab
• New settings:
- Shell menu: add 'FreeCommander' item to context menu
- Start program: TEMP folder can be defined
- Programs: more options for define programs
- Select items: Hover time for select items with mouse pointer; open files with one click
- Folder Tabs: Folder history per Tab
- Function Key Bar: Show icons
- Drives: Show with drive select (3 options)
- Confirmations: Use dialog window for rename
- Color/Font: Color for striped lines in detail view
• New sorting options:
- Folders always at the end of the list
- Natural sorting (as Explorer)
- Folder like files (except for name)
• Shortcuts saved as text and not as number
• Favorite tools renewed (Categories, Toolbar, Drag&Drop)
• New toolbar button: Window splitting
• Desktop and Thumbnail button with drop down list
• View button with drop down list - you can use this button for toggle views between list and details. You can define more views for toggle in the freecommander.ini in the [Form] section, e.g. ToggleViews=1,2,5 if you want toggle between list, details and thumbnails.
• Localized Vista folders (reparse point folder) can be opened now
• New command line parameters /NewIni=, /Ini=, /NoPlugins, /Lng=, /N, /C, /Z
- /NewIni= Starts FC with a different INI file instead of freecommander.ini. A new file will always be created. If defined file exists, it will be deleted first.
- /Ini= Starts FC with a different INI file instead of freecommander.ini. A new file will be created if the defined file does not exist.
- /NoPlugins Starts FC with disabled plugins
- /Lng= Starts FC with a different language file instead of that defined in config file
- /N Starts FC in any case as new instance
- /C Starts FC and passes the command line parameters to the already running instance
- /Z For usage with /C parameter - interprets the passed paths as source/target instead of left/right.
• Many small bugs fixed

The latest version is available on the FreeCommander Downloads page.

Anyone would like to help to create few icons for free...

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:10 am
by Dreamer
...program - FreeCommander - free file manager. Author has eight 16x16 icons and he needs the same icons in size 24x24 (not just resized, of course). Perhaps also change just few (three, or four) large "Win95" looking icons to "Win XP" looking.

If you'd like to help, contact me via PM please.

More information about FreeCommander you can find here: ... 20&t=14754

Thank you in advance.

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:36 am
by MysteryFCM
I've merged your thread with the FreeCommander one (no need for two)

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:22 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2007.10 has been released!

* Bug fixed: some folders or drives can not be opened
* Bug fixed: adding separators to categories list
* Bug fixed: folder synchronize function break with the message '00:00:02: is not a valid time'
* Bug fixed: thumbnail of Open Office files crash the program
* Bug fixed: wrong display of zip content for some zip files
* Bug fixed: synchronize folders - compare files process very slow
* Bug fixed: context menu in address bar not available, wenn path in the address bar is longer than the address bar width
* Bug fixed: wrong folder size display if sorting by size
* Bug fixed: change of the font visible only after program restart
* Bug fixed: viewer plugin dialog doesn't let you specify %FcSrcDrive% as the drive
* Bug fixed: Favorite Tool - %FcSrcDrive% parameter does not work for "Start folder"

* In file search dialog: display file icons
* New setting options (now only in freecomander.ini, later in program)
o SplitterSmallWidth= allowed Values 3-12; default is 6
o SplitterSmallHideSwapButton= allowed 0 or 1; default is 0
o AddrBarButtonWidth= allowed Values 12-25; default is 17
o GoUpStripWidth= allowed Values 0-10; default is 0
o ShellOperationInclConnectedElements= allowed values 0 or 1; default is 1: copy/move/delete operation on folder and connected html file

* New items added to address bar context menu
o Edit
o Paste from clipboard

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:39 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2008.06 has been released!

Important changes in the version 2008.06
  • New: Multi rename tool
    New: Built in FTP: activate FTP under Settings->Drives: Show FTP as drive
    New: Synchronize folders - exclude filter possible
    New: Synchronize folders - option for "ignore 1 hour time delay"
    New: Lock toolbars
    New action: Create new file
    New action and pushbutton in toolbar: New file
    New: Settings->Toolbar: Show menu as toolbar
    New: Settings->Toolbar: Drawing style
    New: Settings->Icons: Icons in main menu (Use small icons; Use the same size as in toolbar)
    New item in the popup menu for tabs: Lock - navigation to subfolders
    New: Settings->View: Width of Go Up strip
    New: Settings->View->Toolbars: Use big icons
    New: Settings->View->Splitter: Show "Swap panels" button; Width of splitter
    New: Settings->Quick search/filter: Deactivate filter for folder change
    New: Save scroll bar position for tabs
    Changed: F5/F6 shortcuts changed to copy/move with dialog
    Bug: High CPU Usage after taking Desktop Snapshots
    Bug: Password is shown, when user enter password for unRar files
    Bug: Favorite folders - multibyte characters do not work
    Bug fixed: Vista folder e:\windows\winsxs can not be open if "View folder size" option is active
    Other bugs fixed
The latest version is available on the FreeCommander download page.

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:57 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2008.06a has been released.

New: FTP connection details option 'Show hidden files'
New: multi rename - pattern possible in 'replace with' field
New: multi rename - new column: Created
New: multi rename - Remove from the list
New: multi rename - Sort per drag&drop possible
New: display info about count of files to rename - in the status line of the multi rename dialog
New: add current folder to the list of favorite folders Ctrl+Shift+V
New: search window - new columns added: Created and Type
New: settings - customization of the function bar possible
New: folder compare extended - compare subfolders possible ... =2839#2839
Changed: definition of custom columns
Changed: refresh for tree view improved
Bug fixed
Bug fixed ... =2439#2439
Bug fixed ... =2398#2398
Bug fixed: function bar F5/F6 caption change to German if default for Settings->Confirmations changed
Bug fixed: drag&drop - access violation at address 005cd80f in module freecomander.exe read of address 00000024
Bug fixed: the FTP option 'Show file attributes as a number' won't be saved
Bug fixed: auto-completion is not active
Bug fixed: ftp file delete dialog is in German
Bug fixed: graphical bug
Bug fixed: zip file does not open if passed as a program parameter
Bug fixed: Ctrl+F1 opens help window
Bug fixed: properties, using Alt+Tab, or right click context menu, doesn't work (Vista) ... =2514#2514
Bug fixed: Enter key doesn't work in archive file (rar, cab)
Bug fixed: capitalization and use of small letters is not distinguished on FTP site ... hlight=ftp
Bug fixed: upload to FTP server fails if the server does not support SIZE command.
Bug fixed: multi rename - some case options don't work properly ... =2634#2634
Bug fixed: md5-creation not possible for filename with '..' ... =2699#2699
Bug fixed: ... 06a3b00fd6
Bug fixed: sort on date in search window is wrong for some timestamp formats
Bug fixed: add FTP connection does not work with Enter

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:01 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2008.06b has been released!

Important changes in the version 2008.06b

Bug fixed: Interface bug
Bug fixed: Descending sort on type and extension do not work
Bug fixed: Multi rename - DEL key always removes current line in the file list
Bug fixed: Changes in "Define favorite tools window" caused no refresh on toolbar
Bug fixed: Ftp option "Right as number" is saved only with the option "List files in Log (slower)"
Bug fixed: Define favorite tools issue
Bug fixed: It is not possible to use "=" character in quick search
Bug fixed: Sometimes file names are truncated
Bug fixed: Difficult selection with enabled Folder Size in NC-mode
Bug fixed: Wrong file order when using drag&drop to other program in NC-mode
Bug fixed: Define favorite tools issue
Bug fixed: AV bug in multi rename dialog
Bug/New: FTP upload not possible for some servers; try to define the line "Command4FileExists=SIZE" in the server section of freecommander.ftp
New: File->Attributes/Timestamp... the checkboxes for attributes now have 3 states: checked, unchecked and not changed
New: Quick search - press the same key repeatedly for skipping to the next item (like Explorer)
New: Custom columns option "Autosize for 'Name' column"

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:06 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2008.06c has been released!

Important changes in the version 2008.06c

Bug fixed: On some PCs the using of copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) functions is not possible due to a crash of FreeCommander.

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:25 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2009.02 has been released!

Important changes in the version 2009.02
  • New: Possibility to define several favorite toolbars.
    New: Flat view for files Ctrl+B
    New: Flat view for folders Ctrl+Shift+B
    New: Settings->Color/Font: Backgroundcolor for flat view
    New: Settings->Custom columns: Default profile for flat view
    New: Support side mouse buttons for back and forward navigation
    New: Multi rename - some new exif and mp3 properties added
    New: Automatically expand the tree view on tab change
    New: Action defined: Collapse selected node in the tree view
    Changed: Only one quick filter button
    Several bugs fixed

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:08 pm
by kudos
Is there a comparison article/chart between FreeCommander and Total Commander (my current and preferred file manager) available? I tried it a few years ago and was wondering how it has evolved. Is it open-source?

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:17 am
by Dreamer
I tried FreeCommander few years ago too and it was unusable for me (but my previous file manager is Servant Salamander). Many new features have been added since then, e.g. multi rename, favorite toolbar, flat view (in TC branch view), tabs, lister plugins support (other plugins are not supported yet, but author is working on a totally new version, more here).

Anyway, I highly recommend at least to try even the "old" version. It's the best program on my PC (sorry Anderson ;) ). There are some features, options even better than in TC, some features were available even earlier in FC and I'm not sure if all, but there are several nice features available only in FC. There are few bugs and few features missing in the "old" version - mainly TC users miss these features, but it's not possible to implement it into the "old" version, therefore the author is working on a totally new version - link with more info is above.

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:28 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander 2009.02a has been released!

Important changes in the version 2009.02a

Re: FreeCommander - Freeware

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:01 pm
by Dreamer
FreeCommander XE preview version - release 593 has been released!

"FreeCommander XE is a totally new developed version of the program. The development is not finished, yet. This version is supposed to give a preview to the future version to present and new users.

What is done:

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) - screenshots
File searching (inside archive too) - screenshots
Create and verify MD5 checksums - screenshots
Multi rename tool
File properties and context menu
Calculation of folder size
Folder comparison
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
All shortcuts are definable
A lot of settings - you can configure almost all
Multiple language support

What is planned:

Folder synchronization
Content plugins
Wipe files
File splitting
FTP client"