Cloud Commander – Web File Manager to Control Linux File and Programs via Browser
Cloud Commander (cloudcmd) is a simple open source, traditional yet useful cross-platform web file manager with console and editor support.
It offer some cool features:
- Client works in web browser.
- It’s server can be installed in Linux, Windows, Mac OS and Android (with help of Termux).
- Enables you to view images, text files, playing audio and videos from within a browser.
- Can be used local or remotely.
- Supports adapting to screen size.
- Offers Console with support of default OS command line.
- Ships in with 3 built-in editors with support of syntax highlighting, which include: Dword, Edward and Deepword.
- It also supports optional authorization.
- Offers hot/shortcut keys.
How to Install Cloud Commander in Linux
First, install the latest version of node.js with the instructions below.
On Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint
$ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash - -------- For Node.js v7 Version -------- $ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | sudo -E bash - $ sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
$ curl - -silent - -location https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | bash - -------- For Node.js v7 Version -------- $ curl - -silent - -location https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | bash - $ yum -y install nodejs $ dnf -y install nodejs [Fedora 22+]
On Gentoo and Arch Linux
$ emerge nodejs [On Gentoo] $ pacman -S nodejs npm [On Arch Linux]
Once you have installed nodejs and npm packages, next, install cloud commander file manager with the following command with root permissions:
$ npm i cloudcmd -g OR $ npm i cloudcmd -g --force
How to Use Cloud Commander in Linux
To start it, simply run:
By default, Cloud Commander reads configurations in
~/.cloudcmd.json if no command options are set. It uses port 8000, in case the port variables PORT or VCAP_APP_PORT don’t exist.
You can start using it by opening the URL in your browser:
View File Menu
To view menu; file operation options, simply select the file and right click on it, you’ll view the options shown in the screen shot below.
View Files and Directories
To open it with a single panel, use the
--one-panel-mode flag or simply resize the browser interface:
$ cloudcmd --one-panel-mode
The screenshot below shows viewing of an image file.
Edit Files in Browser
The following screenshot shows opening a script file for editing.
Access Linux Terminal from Browser
~ button to open the Linux terminal or console.
By default, the terminal is disabled and not installed, to use it you should install gritty as follows with root user privileges:
$ npm i gritty -g
Then set the path of a terminal and save configuration like so:
$ cloudcmd --terminal --terminal-path "gritty --path here" --save
Update Cloud Commander
To update Cloud Commander use this command:
$ npm install cloudcmd -g
Use Hot/Shortcut Keys.
F1– View help
F2– Rename a file
F3– View a file
F4– Edit a file
F5– Copy a file
F6– Move a file
F7– Create a new directory
F8– Delete a file
F9– Open menu
F10– View file configurations/permissions plus many more.
You can run this for help:
$ cloudcmd --help
You can find a comprehensive usage guide and configuration information at https://cloudcmd.io/.
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