DCommander free download for Mac


14 January 2020

Advanced two-pane file manager.


DCommander is a two-pane file manager that gives you full control over your computer's filesystem. Optimized for quick access and user-friendliness, DCommander provides a perfect companion for new Mac users transitioning from other operating systems, as well as advanced power users that demand more control of their computer.

DCommander Features:
  • Two side by side file windows
  • Name, extension, size, kind, date, permissions sorting of files and folders
  • View hidden files and folders
  • Tabs support with full keyboard navigation
  • File search with sub-folder recursive searching and content searching
  • Full support for drag-and-drop operations
  • Fine-grained file selection
  • Lynx-like folder navigation (using arrow keys)
  • Quick access to native Terminal, Console, Activity Monitor, and Disk Utility applications
  • Customizable color schemes
  • Customizable font type, size, color, and style
  • Quick file viewer with text, hex, and media-viewing mode
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Ability to browse ZIP, JAR, EAR, WAR, XPI, and ODT archives like normal folders
  • Seamless FTP, SFTP, and SCP support
  • Mount network drives
  • Folder compare and synchronization
  • Quick search files in the current folder
  • Quick look integration
  • Terminal integration and custom terminal support
  • Ability to create new folders and new empty files
  • Ability to copy full path of selected files
  • Support for external drives
  • Support for navigating cloud drives
  • Ability to compress files and folders
  • Ability to selectively unpack files and folders from archives
  • Ability to set custom terminal, file search, file synchronizer, file viewer, and file editor
  • Fast file copy and moving
  • Retina display support
  • Fullscreen support
  • Fast load time
  • Tutorials and tips
  • Support for OSX 10.7 and later
  • German, French, Polish and Czech translations

What's new in DCommander

Version 3.8.0:
  • Touchbar support
  • UnMount ability for drives and volumes
  • Right-click context menu for drives in the Drivebar
  • Scan for New Drives option
  • Right-click context menu for drives in the Sidebar
  • Preferences toolbar item, accessible when customizing the toolbar
  • Initial sidebar Favorites on first start or when no existing favorite places are found
  • Progress window for archiving files and folders
  • Abort functionality when compressing files and folders
  • System utility apps not launching on macOS 10.15
  • Drive button pressed state
  • QuickLook focus issue on macOS 10.14 and newer
  • Initial left side file list focus
  • Custom terminal application not opening on macOS 10.15
  • Invalid or expired folder paths issue when saving tabs state
  • File list columns sizing issue
  • Problem with modal dialogs when the application is running in fullscreen mode
  • Advanced copy method error on write or read multiple alert messages
  • Pane splitter overlay issue when toggling sidebars
  • Ftp/sftp file date parsing
  • User interface freeze when compressing large files
  • Filesystem access issue when limited to Home folder only
  • Reported crashes
  • Changed archive naming when compressing only one file. It now contains the single file's title
  • Changed default color scheme and layout
  • Improved alias resolving and creation speed

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12 DCommander Reviews

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26 May 2018

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This 5 star rating is to make up for my half star rating back in March. Combined they give an average rating. In hindsight, I was perhaps a little harsh. Having said that, the fact remains that DCommander costs $29, in a market where similar apps exist, some of which are free. The $29 is not a lifetime license, but only provides 1 year of updates, or you can subscribe for $19 a year. Although you can download a trial here on MU, on the dev's website, the only option is to purchase outright.
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Version 3.5.1
26 May 2018
This 5 star rating is to make up for my half star rating back in March. Combined they give an average rating. In hindsight, I was perhaps a little harsh. Having said that, the fact remains that DCommander costs $29, in a market where similar apps exist, some of which are free. The $29 is not a lifetime license, but only provides 1 year of updates, or you can subscribe for $19 a year. Although you can download a trial here on MU, on the dev's website, the only option is to purchase outright.
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Version 3.5.1
1 answer(s)
04 December 2018
I stopped reading at "The $29 is not a lifetime license, but only provides 1 year of updates". For me, subscription model = goodbye. Thanks for the info.
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28 March 2017
This is a 'copy cat' app, of Double Commander, which is a FREE, open source app that has been around since 2007 and available for Mac, Windows, FreeBsd and most other Linux distros. Even to the point of using a very similar name 'DCommander', and almost the same app description, calling itself based on 'Total Commander'. No, the original Double Commander is based on Total Commander; DCommander is based on Double Commander. It would not surprise me if the developer has 'borrowed' from the open source code for Double Commander. Try the 'real' Double Commander, at https://doublecmd.sourceforge.io/, it is stable, cross platform.
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Version 3.0
4 answer(s)
DevStorm Apps
DevStorm Apps
25 May 2018
Dear Mcr, before giving a bad rating and throwing around accusations of 'borrowing' code from the open source Double Commander, we invite you to actually USE DCommander and analyze the internal code structure through various tools available online. You'll see that DCommander uses NATIVE Cocoa code to achieve maximum performance and minimal memory usage, a fact that can be proven by simply running DCommander and DoubleCommander in parallel and viewing the stats in Activity Monitor.

We've worked years on making DCommander a file utility we're happy and pleased to use on any Mac configuration. If you would've checked our changelog or followed our development you would've seen clear steps on how various features were implemented through time.

Before throwing mud on someone else's work, please analyze the facts and make sure what you are saying is TRUE. Don't hide behind the anonymity of a 3 letter nickname.
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25 May 2018
Let me clarify. I used 'borrowed' in quotes, meaning not literally, but figuratively. Your app may be written in native COCOA and that's fine; Double Commander is written on QT and GTK frameworks for cross platform compatibility. My point is, anyone simply just looking at the UI for DCommander and DoubleCommander, will immediately notice they are extremely similar in layout, workflow. Especially the use of function keys for primary functions which is very UN-Mac-like, especially for a native cocoa app. And it's not just that both use function keys, but the same ones for the same functions! F3=View, F4=Edit, F5=Copy, F6=Move, F7=Delete. Terminal Path/directory field above Fn key buttons. Drives/Volume bar across the top, shortcuts to / directory....shall I go on?

So, even when given the opportunity to build from scratch, in native cocoa, and DevSTorm could have taken advantage of modern UI functions, and common MAC interface guidelines, it is very curious that DCommander ends up looking so much like DoubleCommander, shares a very similar UI, workflow AND on top of that, purposefully chose a similar name to DoubleCommander. Those are FACTS, I'm not making that up. Screenshots are there for anyone to compare; and the app name similarity is impossible to ignore. There may be other functional similarities, hard to say since DevSTorm doesn't even provide a demo and wants $29 to even try it out. Another FACT, and another reason for the rating I gave.

So when given the opportunity, rather than trying to distinguish DCommander from all the other double pane file managers on the market, it seems on the contrary DCommander seems to purposefully go out of its way to mimic the same UI, and use a derivative name of DoubleCommander.

To your credit, yes, features were added on that are very nice, which DoubleCommander does not have (FTP, drag drop, etc), and that's fine. But FACT remains 1) the UI is, even down to the use of Fn Keys, so like DoubleCommander on first impression, and 2) app name is derivative, just INVITING comparison.

Seriously, knowing that DoubleCommander already existed, with similar UI, and the "best" that DevStorm can come up with as a name for an 'original' app is 'DCommander'? Whether you intended it or not, how could people already familiar with DoubleCommander, or looking at both, NOT see a resemblance and assume it was intentional? And since you don't offer a trial or demo, all people have is screenshots of the UI and the name to give a first impression.

It's as if I wanted to launch my own TV streaming service, copied the menu and UI and layout of Netflix and chose to call my company 'NetFix', and then sat back and denied any intent to 'copy', and swear my idea was original. Whether intentional or not would be moot; convincing anyone it wasn't would be difficult.

If you didn't want the comparison, you should have tried to come up with a more original UI and different name.
Peace, good luck to you and DevStorm, my apologies for any hard feelings. But my rating stands: No demo or trial, $29 to even try, and $29 only gets you ONE year of updates; a NATIVE Cocoa app that uses Fn Keys for primary features and feels very Windows/DOS like.....thank you but no.
- Michael (aka MCR)
25 May 2018
Mcr, sorry, I am afraid you miss the point: all this double panel file manager apps are in fact clones of the classic Norton Commander, which in its times, still the 80s if I'm not wrong, was the best way to manage files under DOS on a PC. When NC was dismissed rather than being updated for Windows,, Total Commander (that in its beginning was called Windows Commander) from Ghisler was born and gave under Windows the same user experience that Norton Commander gave under DOS. Since then, all double panel file manager under Windows and then also under MacOS do what they can to give same user experience as NC. Which among the rest means use of same function keys for same actions, terminal field above function keys, FTP client, Drive/Volumes bar across the top, shortcuts to / directory (in NC it was to C:\ directory) and obviously the word "commander" in their name... shall I go on?

So, the point is: we have a mother, which is Norton Commander, and a lot of sons. Even if these sons are all similar one to each other, they didn't take one from each other, they all took from their "mum"... NC for DOS. So, honestly, whether I can't be sure 100% of this, I have really strong doubts DevStorm copied anything from Double Commander, they simply come from the same source, Norton Commander first and probably, for some advanced functions which didn't exist under DOS, Total Commander second.

The only point in which you could be right is the excessive similarity between the two names, Double Commander and DCommander. But hey, the developer company is called DevStorm, this drives me to guess when they chose the name they didn't want to imitate the Double Commander name, they just took the first letter of the name of their company and obviously added the word commander to it. For this reason the name D(evStorm)commander, don't you think it's logical?

NOTE: I am in no way affiliated to DevStorm, by the way I am from Italy and I don't even know where they are from. I am just a satisfied Dcommander user and good knower of the history of Norton Commander and of most of its clones. In my young computer age I considered NC a life saver, when Windows came up I immediately looked for a replacement finding Windows Commander (aka Total Commander) and since OS X came out I started trying all NC clones under Mac, finally choosing Dcommander as my NC style file manager on MacOS. That's it.
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26 May 2018
I was the 22nd employer hired at Peter Norton Computing WAY back in the day; I am very familiar with the software lineage that began with NC. And I think it's fine that there are 'sons' of NC; I've tried just about all of them. I realize there are only so many ways to design a dual pane app that has its origins in a DOS based app from 30+ years ago. Having said that, the UNCANNY resemblance of DCommander and DoubleCommander, even amongst the NC-style apps, plus the choice of the name, is too uncanny to be coincidence, IMO, regardless of what the app is written in.

I've tried most of the dual pane apps out there, from the NC-type (CommanderOne, muCommander, DCommander, Double Commander) to the modern MAC UI types (PathFinder, Forklift, TotalFinder, XtraFinder and so) and all the Windows ones too. For $29, instead of just another NC 'want to be', I would like to see someone develop a dual pane file manager based on modern Mac UI guidelines, that is FAST and stable and lightweight. PathFinder and Forklift are 'kitchen sinks' too heavy, slow and overkill for a lot of users. TotalFinder is nice but it's a dead-end because it's built on code insertion. IF it were ever re-written as a stand-alone native app, it could grow. XtraFinder, at least for me, crashes a lot. So I keep trying, searching for a file manager that meets all my criteria.

Perhaps if DevStorm could take the native Cocoa based core it already has and rethink the UI into a modern, fast, light dual pane app that my son or grandson could be convinced to try and MAYBE even like, it could CAPTURE the Mac market for file managers. It can continue to sell DCommander to the old timers like me, but target a separate branch that would appeal to a generation who think function keys are only used for lowering/raising your volume, and the screen brightness.

02 August 2016
The current version at the Mac App Store is 2.9.0
Version 2.8.0
05 September 2015
Crash, crash, crash - wanted to use DCommander as the connection between Box.com (as FTP) and my computer. Box.com's app is not so good, the one that lays dormant in the menu. It uses massive amount of processing power to do basic sync. I use my computer for pleasure and work.

DCommander should have been the solution, but after just a few minutes of testing, I realise it's not gonna happen. It mega crashes all the time. Every time I want to go deeper into my box.com FTP it crashes.
- I can't really get my work done like this, can I?
I'll try out Forklift instead.

Nice layout, features and options
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Version 2.7.2
28 October 2014
Wish this product had a demo. For a few dollars I might buy something from the app store, but for $20 I'm more wary. Too bad, it seems like it has a lot of potential.
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Version 2.1.1
21 October 2013
there is no demo
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Version 1.2.9
22 April 2013
This app is really good but it has some bugs and missed functions like file- directory compare, RAR support the developer writes in a mail he is working on it for the future release(s). I'm working many years with Total Commander for Windows and now since a few day's with DC on my mac. DCommander gives good expectations for me.
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Version 1.0.9
12 March 2013
No demo? No sale.
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Version 1.0.8
12 March 2013
This app is really great and very close with interface and controlling for those who are "Total Commander old school". It has some missing features yet, but don't be shy and write to developer, he communicates very well and he implements requests and fixes bugs quite fast.
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Version 1.0.8
12 March 2013
muCommander is free.
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Version 1.0.8
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12 March 2013
yes, muCommander is free but: 1. it is ugly java, not a native app. 2. development on muCommander is hanged - except automated night builds there is no progress in muCommander development. In my experience developer of DCommander communicates very fast and in excellent way and now DCommander is worth for the money, although in the beginning I had some doubts. The only competitive app for DCommander is Forklift, but it may be matter of subjective preferences. For example I've switched to DCommander and I must honestly say it was worth for it. Many thanks to developer for DCommander - it's the closest app to my old-times used TotalCommander.
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