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Midnight Commander

GNU Midnight Commander is a text-mode full-screen file manager. It uses a two panel interface and a subshell for command execution. It includes an internal editor with syntax highlighting and an internal viewer with support for binary files. Also included is Virtual Filesystem (VFS), that allows files on remote systems (e.g. FTP servers) and files inside archives to be manipulated like real files.


Recent releases

  •  01 Apr 2014 15:24

    Release Notes: Improved zsh support. Improved file find speed. Keeps the symlink in the cwd at startup. A user-friendly skin selector. Much more.

    •  11 Jul 2013 11:11

      Release Notes: This release removes the file size limit from the editor, adds Unrar-5 support, adds several new skins, and makes many minor bugfixes.

      •  03 Apr 2013 16:52

        Release Notes: The development model of two concurrent branches (dev vs. stable) was abandoned and the old stable branch (4.8.1.x) is discontinued. From now on there is a single master branch from which snapshots are made. This release contains all of the feature enhancements that have been made in the 4.8.x development branch.

        •  19 Jul 2012 08:28

          Release Notes: Minor bugfixes.

          •  25 Apr 2012 18:56

            Release Notes: This release fixes two regressions in the just-released previous stable version: a crash in the chown and symlink dialogs, and an erroneous error popup when entering a tar archive.

            Recent comments

            01 Jan 2010 19:15 egmont

            Unfortunately 4.7.0 is tagged as 'minor feature enhancements' and 'minor bugfixes'. With the introduction of proper charset support, including out of the box UTF-8 support and the ability to quickly switch the encoding of either file names or file contents by pressing Alt+E, plus numerous other new features listed at, this version is a very important major new release. Kudos to all developers who worked hard on this!

            10 Feb 2008 09:12 jancs

            mc hangs

            i have a problem with hanging mc: if mc is run over ssh in screen session under ( - on the server side), after some operations mc hangs and what is the most disappointing - the only possibility to start mc anew is to reboot the system.

            all this goes on on slackware 11, 12 and default package.

            15 Jan 2007 21:39 igor2

            bugreport: menu box displacement

            menubar_draw_drop misplaces the box because the menubar's strting x

            and y coordinates are added twice. This bug doesn't produce visible result

            as long as menu starts at screen coordinates 0;0.

            Tibor Palinkas

            P.S. I know this is not the proper place to report bugs; however, the project

            page doesn't offer any mean of anonymous bugreporting and I am not willing

            to register to another service just to report a single bug.



            diff -uri mc-2007-01-14-22.orig/src/menu.c mc-2007-01-14-22/src/menu.c

            --- mc-2007-01-14-22.orig/src/menu.c 2005-09-06 22:36:23.000000000 +0200

            +++ mc-2007-01-14-22/src/menu.c 2007-01-16 06:11:18.000000000 +0100

            @@ -139,7 +139,7 @@

            attrset (SELECTED_COLOR);

            draw_box (menubar->widget.parent,

            - menubar->widget.y+1, menubar->widget.x + column,

            + 1, column,

            count+2, menubar->max_entry_len + 4);


            14 May 2004 04:09 rvb

            midnight commander has mysterius forces
            i have tried many file managers, but i always got back to the midnight commander. it attracts me, must be some mysterious force. :) But probably it is just because i have been using the DOS Norton Commander since i have been 5 or 6 years old ;)

            midnight commander is by far the best one ...

            13 Mar 2003 04:06 mrcbchr

            Editor displaying ^M
            I've upgraded from mc-4.5.42 (rpm, binary) to mc-4.6 (compiled on my system).
            Now in the editor, for text files with LF/CR as a line separator it displays a "^M" (CR) on black background at the end of each line. The previous version didn't, and it used to respect the standard of the opened file (LF/CR or LF).
            Do I have a problem with one setting ?
            Note that it's not specific to one syntax highlight in particular.
            Maybe a compilation option ? With "--with-screen=" ?


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