Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Krusader 2.0 Review - First Stable KDE4 Release

Krusader is a twin-panel file manager for KDE which has been around for around seven years and was always a good alternative to Konqueror since KDE3 days. Its interface resembles the one of the popular file manager Midnight Commander for the console. Codenamed 'Mars Pathfinder', 2.0 is the first KDE4 stable release, bringing lots of new features and coming with the entire interface ported to Qt4 libraries.

Krusader is a powerful, full-featured and highly customisable file manager. The first time it starts, Krusader will check for various optional tools it may need, like kdiff3, krename or the available compression tools in the system (e.g. gzip, bzip2, zip, rar etc). Then, it will open the preferences window so you can configure it the way you want before actually start working.

As I already mentioned, the interface resembles pretty much the one of Midnight Commander, with two panels, a text box for executing commands, and the usual Edit, Copy, Move, Quit etc buttons at the bottom:

Krusader 2.0 'Mars Pathfinder' running in Kubuntu 9.04

The good thing is that Krusader also supports tabs inside each panel, a practical way of navigating through various locations in your file system, manipulating and managing files.

Among the top features Krusader comes with are:
- twin-panel interface with support for tabs (a vertical mode for panels is also available)
- user actions for archiving, compressing and uncompressing files or folders
- integration with tools like kget, ark, krename, kdiff3 or kgpg
- support for Windows shares
- configurable keyboard shortcuts (including global) with the possibility to import or export custom configurations
- 5 methods for sorting files
- disk usage reporting
- create and compare checksums

And these are not all. Krusader is definitely one of the most full-featured file managers available for Linux, integrating any kind of feature one might need.

Krusader also supports sessions, so you can save, manage and load different sessions on demand. It can even be embedded in the system tray.

The configuration dialogue is very rich, offering options to customise sessions, user interface (toolbar, statusbar, function keys etc), the look and feel (colours, panels etc), view modes, handling of archives, paths to external tools, user actions and various protocols.

Configuration window

As a conclusion I can say Krusader is definitely a professional file manager, providing all the tools an advanced user needs, integrating very well with the KDE4 environment. If you are tired of Dolphin and don't like Konqueror as a file manager, you should give Krusader 2.0 a try, you may be surprised by its wealth of features.


CHub said...

Krusader got me through the difficult times of learning Linux system management after move from Win32 platform. I would have had to do a 1001 cli commands otherwise. Thanks to Krusader, it was a breeze in su made.

Gray said...

Yes, a lot of good work has gone into the design of Krusader 2.0. It is fast and has an efficient, really usable design. It's a great tool to get things done.

Aekold said...

There is difference between file browser and file manager. While dolphin stands for browser - Krusader stands for manager. It's the most powerful in it's category, being able to multithread panels contents, while popular totalcommander hangs when opening huge archive in one panel.