Volkov Commander

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Volkov Commander
Developer(s)Vsevolod V. Volkov
Initial release1992; 32 years ago (1992)
Stable release
4.05[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 16 June 2000
Preview release
4.99.08[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 2 June 2000
Written inx86 assembly
Operating systemMS-DOS
TypeFile manager
LicenseShareware, Beta

Volkov Commander (VC) is a file manager for DOS inspired by the Norton Commander. Volkov Commander is purely written in assembly language and has very small (less than 100 KB) and fast.

Volkov Commander was written by Vsevolod V. Volkov, a programmer from Ukraine, born in 1971. The stable version is released as shareware. A preview version is also available, which is interchangeably mentioned as an Alpha or Beta release on the website. The Webmaster for the public face of VC was Daniel R. Egner of Germany.

Version 4[edit]

Version 4.05 is the last fully functional release of the Volkov Commander. It is a pure DOS application, so it doesn't support special features of Windows 9x like long filenames. (Apart from that, it can be used under Windows 9x.) Besides the Russian version, there is an English one. Version 4 is shareware and can be tested free for 30 days.

Version 4.99[edit]

Vsevolod Volkov was working on a new version 5 of his commander (VC 5). It was still in a phase of development. This upgrade works in a Windows 9x / Windows NT or OS/2 environment. VC 5 supports long filenames, and can explore archives (*.zip, *.arc, *.rar, etc.) as though they were directories. When updated last time, the actual beta release was version 4.99.08 alpha. Most of the features of the final release are already available. Though it is a pure DOS application, the new commander supports some of the special features of Windows 95/98/NT. "Beta version (4.99.xx), of course, can be tested for free, because in this stadium of development it does not yet represent a complete program."

Rumored later version[edit]

Rumours about existing Version 5 of Volkov Commander:

In the community, someone posted about the existing VC 5. Here is what Vsevolod answered:
[...] VC 5.0 is a fake. The last released version is 4.99.08 alpha. [...] I really didn't release new version for very long time. So, development of VC is hold in fact. But I don't exclude possibility of new releases. I have no roadmap and could not promise something."[3][unreliable source?]

VC 4.99.08 is included within Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) v3.4, as part of the general FreeDOS base package.

Volkov Commander is included in the NwDsk DOS network boot disk[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "News". 16 June 2000. Archived from the original on 19 July 2007.
  2. ^ "News". 2 June 2000. Archived from the original on 19 July 2007.
  3. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  4. ^ "NwDsk".

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