cfiles is a lightweight, fast and minimal VIM-inspired terminal file manager written in C using the ncurses library. It comes with vim like keybindings and depends on a number of other Unix/Linux tools/utilities.
- cp and mv
- fzf – for searching
- w3mimgdisplay – for image previews
- xdg-open – for opening programs
- vim – for renaming, bulk renaming and editing clipboard
- mediainfo – for displaying media info and file sizes
- sed – for removing a particular selection
- atool – for archive previews
In this article, we will show how to install and use cfiles terminal file manager in Linux.
How to Install and Use cfiles in Linux
To install cfiles on your Linux systems, first you need to install development tools as shown.
# apt-get install build-essential [On Debian/Ubuntu] # yum groupinstall 'Development Tools' [on CentOS/RHEL 7/6] # dnf groupinstall 'Development Tools' [on Fedora 22+ Versions]
Once installed, now you can clone the cfiles sources from its Github repository using the git command as shown.
$ git clone https://github.com/mananapr/cfiles.git
Next, move into the local repository using cd command and run the following command to compile it.
$ cd cfiles $ gcc cf.c -lncurses -o cf
Next, install the executable by copying or moving it to a directory that is in your $PATH, as follows:
$ echo $PATH $ cp cf /home/aaronkilik/bin/
Once you have installed it, launch it as shown.
You can use the following keybindings.
h j k l– Navigation keys
G– Go to end
g– Go to top
H– Go to top of current view
M– Go to middle of current view
L– Go to bottom of current view
f– Search using fzf
F– Search using fzf in the present directory
S– Open Shell in present directory
space– Add/Remove to/from selection list
tab– View selection list
e– Edit selection list
u– Empty selection list
y– Copy files from selection list
v– Move files from selection list
a– Rename Files in selection list
dd– Move files from selection list to trash
dD– Remove selected files
i– View mediainfo and general info
.– Toggle hidden files
'– View/Goto bookmarks
m– Add bookmark
p– Run external script
For more information and usage options, see the cfiles Github repository: https://github.com/mananapr/cfiles
Cfiles is a lightweight, fast and minimal ncurses file manager written in C with vim like keybindings. It is a work in progress with many features yet to come. Share your thoughts about cfiles, with us via the feedback form below.