Total Commander Alternatives for OS X


OS X Finder is killing me softly, I can never get used to it. So is Windows Explorer. I always used Total Commander (or Windows Commander with its former name) for my daily “file operations” needs.

Switching from Windows to OS X left me without my best buddy Total Commander. But no worries, I found the following alternatives to Total Commander on OS X that put my mind at ease.


Here is the list of up to date Total Commander alternatives for OS X. Please let me know if you want to add your favorites to the list, through the comments section below this post.

1. CRAX Commander

Probably one of the best, almost an exact replica of Total Commander. Even the shortcuts are the same. It is priced at $18.99 and a demo is available to try before you buy it.

You can download it here.

Total Commander Alternative - Crax Commander

2. Double Commander

Double Commander is an open source project and is a good clone of Total Commander. It is free. Does not have eye-candy, looks terrible in Retina screens but gets the job done.

You can download it here.

Total Commander Alternative - Double Commander

3. zCommander

Another two-panel project that looks good on OS X. You can check the demo and give it a go. It is priced at $9.99.

You can download it here.

Total Commander Alternative - zCommander

4. DCommander

And another project with eye-candy. This is feature-packed. A demo is available and future upgrades are free if you pay for it once. It is priced at $19.99.

You can download it here.

Total Commander Alternative - DCommander

5. Commander One

Another fine addition to the list of alternatives is Commander One. Basic functions are free of charge and features of the Pro pack are available for $29.95.

It also features Dropbox integration as well as other goodies. You can download it here.

Total Commander Alternative - Commander One

6. Nimble Commander

And yet another fine addition happens to be Nimble Commander. This is another promising project. It has a fully functional 30 day demo available here. A free version also exists and the pro version is priced at $24.99.

Total Commander Alternative - Nimble Commander

7. Total Commander through WineBottler

You can run Total Commander on OS X, with a bit of magic 😉

I prepared you a mini-guide below, follow the steps and you will have a fully functional Total Commander in OS X for free. It will start up a bit slower, it will have less eye-candy but it is the real thing. Worth a try ? Read more below.

Total Commander Alternative - Total Commander via WineBottler


How to run Total Commander in OS X – Mini Guide

Install WineBottler through this website.

wb-1In WineBottler, choose advanced and select as shown in the image. (The file you see in the box is the installer for Total Commander downloaded from

wb-2Select the startfile as shown below.

wb-3In WineBottler, go to “On My Mac” and choose TotalCmd as seen below.

wb-4You have a fully functional Total Commander on OS X, enjoy.

This concludes my mini review on Total Commander alternatives on OS X and How to Run Total Commander on OS X guide, I hope you find it useful. Let me know if you have any queries in the comments section below. Have fun…


  1. Why didn’t you include in the list Nimble Commander? I think it’s more powerful and flexible than DCommander, for example.

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I am an ICT Consultant, working in the field for almost 20 years and I thought the world needed another blogger to help beginners.

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