muCommander for Local and Remote File Management

I use muCommander on my Mac and Windows machines to manage local and remote files. I like that it's cross-platform so my brain doesn't need to switch gears when I switch machines. What I mainly like is that it has side-by-side panes that each display a view of a directory and you can easily copy or move files between these two directories. My most common tasks with muCommander are:

  • copying files between a local machine and an SFTP server
  • copying files between two of my local machines 
  • copying files between directories on a single machine
  • editing files with my favorite editor, vim (but you can use any editor you like)
  • checking the MD5 (or other) checksum of a file

You can do lots more with muCommander, including run it on any platform that supports Java and access & manage files on servers running SMB, NFS, HTTP, Bonjour, and --  starting with version 0.8.5 -- Amazon S3 & Hadoop HDFS.

muCommander 0.8.5 was released on 2010 February 24. It's free/libre open source software (FLOSS) and it's free/gratis. Check it out at and

To run muCommander you need to have a Java runtime environment installed on your system. Mac OS X systems have a Java runtime pre-installed, but Windows 7 systems do not. What I did to install Java on my new Windows 7 machine was to go to and follow the directions on What is the offline method for downloading and installing Java for a Windows computer?

Note: You do not need to enable Java in your web browsers and I recommend that you do not (unless you need to run a Java-based applet inside a browser).

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