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Total Commander
Developer(s)Christian Ghisler
Initial releaseSeptember 25, 1993; 30 years ago (1993-09-25)
Stable release(s)
Android3.50[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 27 March 2024
Windows11.03[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 21 February 2024
Preview release(s)
Android3.60 beta2[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 6 June 2024
Windows11.03 rc 6[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 14 February 2024
Written inObject Pascal
Operating systemWindows, Android, Windows Phone
  • Windows: 5.4 – 6.2 MiB
  • Android: 4.5 MiB
  • Windows Phone: 2.7 MiB
TypeFile manager
LicenseShareware on Windows
Freeware on Android and Windows Phone

Total Commander is an orthodox file manager, i.e. it features two file list panels (selectable via tab key) and a command line. It supports multiple tabs for each panel.

Total Commander is developed by Christian Ghisler and distributed as shareware or freeware, depending on the platform.

Total Commander, then called Windows Commander, was originally developed for Windows, using the programming environment Delphi. Current Windows versions are developed with Delphi (for 32-bit versions) and Lazarus (for 64-bit versions).


  • archive file format support: 7zip, ace, arj, cab, gz, lzh, rar, tar, uc2, zip, and more via plugins
  • file compare
  • file encode / decode: mime, uue, xxe
  • file filter
  • file rename (including multi-file rename with wildcard and regex support)
  • file search (with full text search), duplicate file search
  • file split / combine
  • file transfer protocol (FTP) client
  • file tree operations: copy, delete, move, rename
  • file viewer: any size in hex, bin, text with ASCII (DOS) or ANSI (Windows) character set
  • quick view panel with image and video display
  • synchronize folders
  • thumbnails view

Total Commander supports extensibility via plugins,[5][6] and it can bind external programs for viewing or editing files. Many plugins are freely available, e.g. different packer formats or file viewer for special file formats. The Android version has plugins for direct access to external servers, which it presents as if they were simply local SD cards, making file copying from phone<>server trivial - currently Google Drive, Windows OneDrive, TotalDrip, LAN, SFTP and WebDAV are supported. Many functions not available by default are supported and can be assigned to icons. For example it supports device->device file transfer over WI-FI using an associated app.[7]


Total Commander is for the most part compatible with Linux using Wine.[10]


From 1993 until 2002, Total Commander was called Windows Commander. The name was changed in 2002 after Microsoft pointed out that the word "Windows" was their trademark.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "history2.txt". Retrieved 7 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Total Commander 11.03 is available now!". Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  3. ^ "history2beta.txt". Retrieved 9 June 2024.
  4. ^ "Total Commander 11.03 release candidate 6 is available now!". Retrieved 14 February 2024.
  5. ^ "List of 64-bit plugins and addons". Total Commander Wiki. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Total Commander - Addons". ghisler.com. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Total Commander - Support area". www.ghisler.com. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Total Commander - WinCE/PocketPC".
  9. ^ "Total Commander - WinCE/PocketPC".
  10. ^ Total Commander (a.k.a. Windows Commander) WineHQ app db
  11. ^ "Total Commander - Name change". windowscommander.com. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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