When comparing Winfile vs Multi Commander, the Slant community recommends Multi Commander for most people. In the question“What are the best file managers for Windows?” Multi Commander is ranked 13th while Winfile is ranked 20th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Open source
Now open source and receives occasional updates and fixes.
Pro It's really simple
Winfile dates back to a time when you had to fit your software on a floppy disk. As such, it isn't weighed down by as much of things like scripting malarkey.
Pro Portable version available
Pro Separate tree for each panel
Pro Heavily customizable
Besides many customizable on-board options and features, one can also write his/her own scripts and even full plug-ins.
Pro Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions available
Pro Written in C++
The program launches fast.
Pro File coloring based on filters
Including optional background coloring.
Limitation of this pro: text and background color cannot be taken from 2 different filters and thus combined but on the positive side: it provides coloring profiles, which can be switched (supposedly easily).
Pro Full of features
A hundred different options: multi-rename, convert line break of files (CR, LF, CRLF), double panel, folder tree, tabbed interface, colourized tabs, etc.
Pro Support for FTP, Registry, and OneDrive
Pro Powerful scripting system
You can easily write powerful scripts even without knowledge of programming.
Con It has the fresh look of a 30 year old program
Because it is. But some might actually like it for that, unless you really can't deal with the small icons and lack of icons to define things.