When comparing Ranger vs Nemo, the Slant community recommends Nemo for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux file managers?” Nemo is ranked 1st while Ranger is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Nemo is:
The most stylish among all FMs.
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Pro Minimalist and efficient
There is no need for icons of files if headings are used. Previews of text documents and a simple design creates and efficient workflow.
Pro Can be used in terminal
Which makes for a good choice of file explorer for those that use machines without a GUI.
Pro Vim-like bindings
Ranger has Vim-like keybindings which help a lot in increasing efficiency and speed up the workflow.
Pro Extensible, scriptable
Ranger allows the use of various scripts for calling on individual or multiple files, for file previews, or for other operations.
This allows for in-terminal full colour previews of images and videos.
You can even call external scripts or chain shell commands from the primary interface.
Pro Bookmark system
Makes it easy to jump to any specific folder locations you work with.
Pro File preview
Unlike other terminal file managers, Ranger can preview many files, including text files, archives, etc.
Pro Easily used with SSH
Pro Image preview support
Ranger can use w3m to preview images in terminal through framebuffer.
The most stylish among all FMs.
Pro Easily open as root
Option to open folder as root from within the right click menu.
Pro Supports bookmarking
You can bookmark folders that you open often, this way you can easily access them from anywhere while using Nemo.
Nemo can be extended to have additional features through third party plugins.
Pro Easily open file location in terminal
Option to open a folder in terminal, which can help executing commands such as bash.
Pro Has dual pane functionality
This functionality was removed in Nautilus and Dolphin at least in Ubuntu-Gnome, but Nemo kept this option, making the obvious functionality of cut, copy and paste much easier.
Pro Good networking options
Supports ftp, ssh and samba connections.
Con Difficult learning curve for people who are not used to Vim
Since it uses many of vim's keybindings, it may be hard for someone who does not use vim or does not know how to use vim to learn how to work with this file manager.
Con No built-in ability to navigate FTP/SSH
Most other GUI-based file managers provide easy bookmarking and browsing of multiple FTP & SSH locations using either keys or keychain stored user credentials. Ranger doesn't have this.
Con A great idea but not GUI friendly
May be difficult to get past the fact that it asked for commands dd and cc and the likes to cut and or paste. Arch-Linux normally prides itself on not over-complicating things. Too bad ... a great idea with the 3 Smart Columns, but why would anyone prefer to need to learn 30 commands in order to cut and paste or copy a file or folder, or to see/change permissions.
Con Changing the Background Colour or Font Type for Customization is not Practical
You have to do it with finding and editing the relevant css files. No buttons, menus or sliders for such customization ...