When comparing Far Manager vs nnn, the Slant community recommends nnn for most people. In the question“What are the best Mac file managers?” nnn is ranked 10th while Far Manager is ranked 12th.
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Far Manager's interface encourages keyboard operation - all actions are easily accessible with keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly record macros for any repeatable action, there are no screen redraws if it is not necessary and that makes everything faster.
Pro Open source
Released under BSD license.
Pro Many plugins
There are may of them, and you can write them in any languages, including Python.
Pro Two-panel interface
Pro Easily recorded macros
Hit "Ctrl-." and start recording your boring sequence. Hit "Ctrl-." again to assign it a key. You can use Lua if you need more advanced macros.
Pro Editor with syntax highlighting
Every Far feature is also true for its editor. You can setup an external editor if you like, but the included editor works really well and features syntax highlighting.
Fully themeable, allowing you to change the colors of every part of the interface.
Pro Extremely fast
Pro Offline context help
Just press F1 when you need it. No internet connection or browser is required.
Pro Numeric sorting option
E.g. readme-9.txt before readme-10.txt
Pro Extremely lightweight (55 kb)
Pro Rich set of plugins
Pro Has a great wiki
Pro Unique navigate-as-you-type mode
Pro Minimal configuration with sane defaults
Default options and navigation is simple to grasp.
Pro Awesome new features being added in every release
Pro Integrates with the desktop environment and opens files in the default applications
Pro Reasonably well-documented
However, it requires some prior knowledge of inner workings of Linux and there are no tutorials (yet). NNN author is making up for this by actively responding to GitHub issues.
Pro Supports cd-on-quit
Allows for quick switching between nnn and the terminal.
Con Blocking operations
Operations such as copy, move, delete, etc are blocking, and you have to wait for them to complete before you can continue.
Though you can cancel the operation with the escape key.
Con Only for Windows
Con Always uses monospace font
Which makes long file names look extremely wide
Con Does not support scrolling with mouse
Con Folder shortcuts not available in Alt+F1/F2 menus
Con Text-based interface
Far Manager does not use a GUI like most windows applications nowadays. This may prove difficult to use for people who are not familiar with text-based user interfaces.