When comparing Ranger vs Altap Salamander, the Slant community recommends Altap Salamander for most people. In the question“What are the best file managers for Windows?” Altap Salamander is ranked 9th while Ranger is ranked 11th.
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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 (with python)
Ranger allows the use of various scripts for calling on individual or multiple files, for file previews, or for other operations.
In commands.py the "my_edit"-function can be extended to do whatever in python can be done. Target files can be the file under the cursor (self.fm.thisfile.path), the files marked/selected in the current tab (self.fm.thistab.get_selection() ) and the files in the copy-buffer (add/remove: ya, yr) (respectively the delete-buffer: add/remove da/dr) (both: self.fm.copy_buffer).
The most appropriate list of files can be found out automatically, like so:
for file in self.fm.copy_buffer:
for file in self.fm.thistab.get_selection():
file = self.fm.thisfile.path
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 File preview
Unlike other terminal file managers, Ranger can preview many files, including text files, archives, etc.
Pro Easily used with SSH
Pro Bookmark system
Makes it easy to jump to any specific folder locations you work with.
Pro Image preview support
Ranger can use w3m to preview images in terminal through framebuffer.
Pro Fast and responsive
This software is super fast and responsive in navigation.
Pro PDF preview
This may fall under "File preview", but it is a very powerful feature for PDF files in particular.
Pro Treeview and listview (equal viewports) possible
Supports any number of viewports on folders side by side.
Pro Very stable, even preview versions
Pro Looks very polished and consistent
Pro License is good on multiple machines
Can be used at home and work.
Pro Very feature-rich
Pro Intuitive two-pane interface
The program features a dual-pane interface that allows you to easily move files between views.
Pro Built-in FTP and SFTP
The program has built in support for a variety of common network protocols (such as FTP, FTPS, SCP and SFTP) for file transferring over the internet.
Pro Very fast
No delay is noticable in the user interface.
Pro Copy and move operations can work in background
Pro Built-in archive support (zip, rar, etc)
Pro Extensive keyboard shortcut support
Pro Encrypt files
Pro Powerful bookmark support
Easy bookmark usage, e.g., Shift+1 selects the first directory. The bookmarked directories are also available in the usual popups to switch the left/right drive (Alt+F1/F2).
Pro Customizable with own external tools
Pro Customizable colors
Different colors can be assigned to compressed files or files with a certain name pattern.
Pro Built-in undelete plugin
Pro Automation plugin
Enables user to automate repetitious actions via JScript and VBScript (via windows script engines already installed). There is also support for Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby (Arton's ruby must be installed to have the Action script support)
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 Slow development
Con Is only available for Windows
There is no full replacement for Linux or OS X.
Con No Unicode support
Unicode was promised many years ago, but due to slow development, still nothing.
Con Winscp not available for x64 version
Winscp plugin is available only for x86 version and missing @x64.
Con Image viewer is basic
Con Hard-coded shortcuts
Shortcuts are hard-coded and therefore can't be changed by the user.
Con Text Viewer does not support UTF-8
Con No tabs in dual panes
There are no tabs available in the dual panes view, which can be a time-saver for some users.