In the beginning the software seems something complex, but after a small period the user recognize abundant tools which you don’t want to miss anymore. Thanks to the extensive configuration abilities, Total Commander let you customize it to your preferences, e.g. edit almost unlimited shortkeys.

The internal viewer is one of the biggest highlight of Totalcommander: Independent of the filesize the viewer shows the content of every file immediately including instant full-text-search. This is very practical by opening binary files (hex-view) or extra-large files.The very efficient, native included ftp-client (with CHMOD-Feature) makes the Total Commander to the first choice of webmaster, webdesigner and webprogrammer. Those won’t work without the two-column-view, the many shortkeys and all the other handy tools anymore. The optional, integrated miniature-view allows the inspection of thumbnails in the file-listing – practically while managing pictures and photos.


Customized columns, extended search, regular expressions as well as a batch-renaming-tool help to find and manage huge fileheaps.

While opening an archive, Total Commander opens an internal packer which opens the file similar to a normal directory. The following archive-types are supported per default: ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, CAB, TAR, GZ, ACE. To compress RAR-archives, you have to install Winrar and link the internal compressor of Totalcommander to the native rar.exe of Winrar. Compression of ZIP-archives is supported per default including several compressionlevels.

Thanks to Double Commander, there is a good alternative available for linux.