Dual-panel file managers comparison – XCommander and Commander One


OS X comes pre-packed with its own file management solution, but it is no secret that some Mac users are not really happy with Finder – the app requires improvements in certain areas.

If you are looking for an OS X Finder alternative, there are a few of them on the market. We personally believe that there is nothing like an old dual-pane file manager, and here we will compare two of them – XCommander and Commander One.

XCommander’s interface can be resized according to your convenience and the app can save the last used configuration. It is possible to drag -and-drop files from one pane to another.

The app provides shortcuts to frequently used actions (copy, move, rename, etc.) and locations you visit most (Desktop, Home, Applications and Documents). You can setup hotkeys and use icons for certain commands, and there is a horizontal folder tree above the panes to make it easier to navigate Mac’s files and folders.

When you are viewing files in a folder, you can see their details such as name, size, date and type. There is a contextual menu you can bring up, although the number of options it displays is rather limited. XCommander features disk space analyzer and archiver that supports a number of archive formats for compression and extraction.

What about Commander One?


Commander One is another file manager with dual pane interface. Developed entirely in Swift the app allows you to work with a large number of files effortlessly and drag-and-drop them from one pane to another in a matter of seconds. The good thing about the app is that it implements all file management operation sequentially, they get queued thus your computer performance does not get affected much. You can also setup hotkeys and use History & Favorites to navigate to the recently and frequently visited folders quickly.


Now, what makes Commander One stand out is its search feature – it allows you to look up a keyword even in the compressed files and folders. Another additional functionality offered by Commander One is mounting cloud storage services on Mac, so they appear as local disks. You can easily access and manage your data on Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, as if it were stored on a local hard drive.

Unlike native apps of these cloud storage providers Commander One does not force you to duplicate data in a local and cloud folders. It is possible to mount iOS and MTP devices. The application has a built-in FTP client, i.e. it allows you to connect to remote servers via FTP/ SFTP/ FTPS and WebDAV protocols. Thus your file management solution becomes a single point of access to all your data stored remotely.

To conclude, both applications offer you a lot of advantages, including those typical of apps with dual-pane interface. The higher cost of Commander One is more than justified by the additional functionality it offers.

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Commander One

Requirements: OS X 10.10+ , 19.75MB size
Version 1.7.4(2445) (21st Sep, 2017) Release notes
Category: System Utilities