Ghost Commander File Manager

4.3
15K reviews
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Everyone
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About this app

Ghost Commander is a dual-panel file manager (as well as a FTP, SFTP, SMB (Windows share), WebDAV, BOX, Dropbox client!) which will let you to manage your files locally or remotely as well as tweak your system in the root mode.

This is an open source software (see http://tinyurl.com/gc-source) and does not show any advertisement! The project exists only because of your donations.

The main idea behind the user interface is classic: copy and move files from one panel to another. Simple.
Also, to not overload the display with extra check boxes, file selection is made as follows: each file row is divided by two zones: tapping on the left you open files and folders, tapping on the right you select multiple items. If you are left handed, that could be swapped in the settings.

Writing access to external sdcard drives and USB OTG is provided through a special "Storage Access Framework" mode. Native mode can give only a read-only access to external drives.

Ghost Commander supports FTP and SFTP servers and Windows network shares, as well (with plugins) as Google Drive, BOX and Dropbox cloud storage, plus it can create/extract crypted ZIP archives and work with them as it was a regular folder.
For advanced users, this file manager also supports root (superuser) mode, which is essential to work with protected system files on a rooted devices, like tweaking the system, change file permission attributes/owners (chmod/chown).

This file manager is very customizable and comes with a lot of options which allow you to adjust its appearance and behavior to your personal tastes and habits.

Here's a list of the file manager's features which include, but are not limited to:
* easy sorting by name, extension, size or date
* customizable multiselect (by tapping, or select by wildcards)
* root / superuser (su) mode: remount partitions and make changes in system files
* change file owner and permissions (in root mode only)
* modifying files on external SDcard via the Storage Access Framework (SAF) mode
* ZIP archive support: create and extract ZIP files, view inside a ZIP without extracting
* built-in FTP client: upload to/download from your own site or a public one
* favorite shortcuts for folders and locations
* calculation of file and folder size and MD5 and SHA-1
* file search by content and other properties
* text editor (built-in or external)
* text and picture viewers
* sends files via email, Bluetooth and so on
* personalization: colors, font size, interface language, custom toolbar, etc
* Windows network support via an optional SMB plugin
* Streaming audio/video from a remote location to a player app
* Access to the Google Drive, Dropbox and BOX or any WebDAV enabled cloud storage (with plugins)

Requested permissions explanation:
INTERNET - to make FTP and other network plugins be able to connect to the servers.
No connection is established without your command to do so.
ACCESS_WIFI_STATE - to not to let the WiFi go down during a file transfer.
WAKE_LOCK - to not to let the phone go to a deep sleep during a file transfer.
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE - to let the file manager copy files to the sdcard.
VIBRATE - to let the phone vibrate when a long file operation is done.
INSTALL_SHORTCUT - to create shortcut icons to the desktop.
MOUNT_UNMOUNT_FILESYSTEMS - to do so when you have asked that.
ACCESS_SUPERUSER - to let the root: mode of the file manager functioning properly. Not used for any other purposes.
USE_CREDENTIALS - only to let the Google Drive plugin access to the Google based services.

The website: http://tinyurl.com/gc1site
The source: http://tinyurl.com/gc-source
Vote for new features: http://tinyurl.com/gc-user
Help with localization: https://crowdin.com/project/ghost-commander

If you like this application, a small donation to help further development will be appreciated.
Updated on
Jul 16, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

4.3
13.9K reviews
NA Tilsen
July 6, 2021
I've been using this app for years! This is a great file manager app. Customizable views, easy to change folder views. With plugins you can connect to other cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Windows Shared folders. Although a little complicated at first look, they have a great Help file and also a good online FAQ. If you have rooted your Android, it offers lots of other features.
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xiuyu song
January 3, 2024
Functionality 5, but text editor is slow to open large files like 1m. GUI feels crowded therefore not neat. The bottom menu is better iconized, or context menu. BTW, It would be great to refine file selection to allow selecting a range of file by long press start and end, or mark start and end. It will be even better if it allows to move a file in build viewer to the other panel
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J. M.
May 19, 2022
The only real file management utility for the android OS. With plugins for WebDAV, SMB, and others plus many other powerful file management features, it makes the other so called file manager thingies look like-well, file mngr thingies. Plus, no aggressive monetizing skims such as those in Mooooby System's file mgr. It's not perfect, it's not very pretty, but nothing is perfect and a file management utility does not have time to be pretty. Thank you developer for bringing us this option.
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What's new

The SAF icon at the home now opens a list of previously permitted file system locations where they could be deleted or added.
Now it's possible to preview the list of files going to be deleted.