Commander One: A Useful Dual Pane File Manager for OS X

For most of you that use OS X, Finder should be enough for your basic needs, as using it is both easy as well as intuitive, and it gets the job done. Sometimes though, for more efficiency and to save time, you might prefer using a dual panel file manager. The forefront advantage: you get to manage/navigate/transfer files between two different locations without dealing with the hassle of different tabs and windows.

In comes Commander One. Commander One is a free (a premium version is also available) dual pane file manager for OS X. It was built for OS X from the ground up, developed from the Swift programming language, and supports OS X 10.9 and higher. The app also allows you to set up your own hotkeys for a variety of actions, is similarly quite easy to use, and is an app that has my attention.

Unfortunately, Commander doesn’t come with a PDF manual, so there’ll be a bit of a learning curve when starting out. The “Welcome” screen helps you get started with the basics, but you’ll need a bit of exploring to get to know all of the features. For example, you can choose between the “dynamic” and “bytes” for the “size in apps” under the View preferences.

You have three view modes in the app to choose from: Full, Brief and Thumbs – which one you use comes down to personal preference and the type of work you’re looking to do. These three views are similar to List, Column and Icon view in Finder in OS X.


Commander One also has its own search query function (the ability to search for files and folders on any disks – even compressed ones) and also has a new feature for me: The ability to show/hide invisible files on your Mac. Now most people don’t know about hidden files on OS X, and that’s generally a good thing, as messing around with them can interfere with the proper working of your Mac (they’re called hidden files for a reason). However, if you are experienced in that sort of thing, and you need to work with them, it’s quite easy to do so using Commander One.


Another useful feature: you can enable or disable extensions such as Bonjour computers, iOS devices, MTP devices (which allow media files to be transferred to and from portable devices automatically), and the Process Viewer (which shows how apps and background processes are affecting your Mac).


All these features are available in the application for free: however, Eltima, the software company behind Commander One, also offers a Pro version for a mere price of $29.95. Continue reading on below to find out what additional features you get by shelling out the money:

Now the free version of Commander One is basically limited to your Mac, whereas the appeal of the Pro Version is that it brings together different functions from different areas so that you don’t have to use different applications for specific operations.

For example: One of the most useful features of Commander One Pro is its ability to connect to FTP servers. You can connect to a FTP server and move/download/upload files just like you would do locally. Similarly, the app can integrate with your Dropbox account which is an additional bonus. You can share links etc without having to go through Finder.


Another feature that is well worth it: a built-in compression tool in the Pro version allows you to quickly view and manage the contents of any archive file present on your Mac, including the ability to work with ZIP, 7ZIP, TBZ, TGZ and tar.bz2 archives.

Commander One “Pro” also includes a built-in Terminal command window, meaning you can execute commands from inside the app without having to access Terminal separately.


The Pro version also adds different themes to Commander One, allowing you to customize the visual design of the app according to your personal tas the. I didn’t like the themes that much; they weren’t much to my taste (too simplistic), but you can have a look for yourself of “one” such theme.


Be sure to check out the app; I’m sure you’ll like it. As I mentioned above, it’s available both in a free and Pro version, so take a shot at the Free version, and if you like it, be sure to go for the Pro version. You sure won’t regret it if you’re looking for the extra features it offers.

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