When comparing Krusader vs Vifm, the Slant community recommends Krusader for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux file managers?” Krusader is ranked 6th while Vifm is ranked 16th.
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Pro Great two-pane interface
Pro Folder synchronization
Pro Virtual file systems
Search results as example saved into virtual folder and can be accessed later. All file operations may be performed on items in search results as if they were files in single folder.
Pro Handles most archives. There is little difference in behaviour between an archive file and a regular folder.
Pro Many operations like copying and moving files can be queued
Long running operations can be queued.
There is no point in doing them in a parallel way, as speed decreases dramatically.
Pro All common operations can be done with keyboard efficiently
In addition, shortcuts can be easily renamed.
Unlike Dolphin and many others.
Pro SFTP support
Pro Multi-rename tool
Pro Custom commands can be added to the menu easily
And they can use the current folder, the selected files....
Pro Searching capabilities and copying/deleting/moving in background
Pro Can view and edit many files
Even editing a file inside a .zip file.
Has hexadecimal viewer embedded for binary files.
Pro Filename association and instant console availability
Pro Default key mappings will be comfortable to vim users
Vifm uses vim-esque key mappings. Makes for extremely efficient and---perhaps more importantly---intuitive interactions. The key mappings can be changed.
Pro Allows you to stay in the terminal
Since it runs in a terminal, it may live within ssh sessions, tmux/screen sessions, etc.
Con KDE dependencies
If you don't use KDE, you'll be forced to install quite a large amount of KDE libraries.
Con Interface can be overwhelming
Con New releases are infrequent
It can be seen in https://quickgit.kde.org/?p=krusader.git that maintenance work is done in a continous fashion, but no new releases are provided.
Even though it is perhaps the more feature-rich file manager.
Con Can only be used in terminal
Vifm lacks a standalone GUI option.