A VIM-inspired filemanager for the console
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ranger is a console file manager with VI key bindings. It provides a minimalistic and nice curses interface with a view on the directory hierarchy. It ships with
, a file launcher that is good at automatically finding out which program to use for what file type.
aficionados there's also the multi-pane viewmode.
This file describes ranger and how to get it to run. For instructions on the usage, please read the man page (
in a terminal). See
for development-specific information.
For configuration, check the files in
or copy the default config to
directory contains several scripts and plugins that demonstrate how ranger can be extended or combined with other programs. These files can be found in the git repository or in
A note to packagers: Versions meant for packaging are listed in the changelog on the website.
) with the
module and (optionally) wide-unicode support
For general usage:
for determining file types
(Python package) for improved encoding detection of text files
to use the "run as root" feature
(Python package) to display right-to-left file names correctly (Hebrew, Arabic)
For enhanced file previews (with
) for textual
for textual DjVu previews,
for OpenDocument text files (
for 3D model previews (
Use the package manager of your operating system to install ranger. You can also install ranger through PyPI:
pip install ranger-fm
Note that you don't have to install ranger; you can simply run
To install ranger manually:
sudo make install
This translates roughly to:
sudo python setup.py install --optimize=1 --record=install\_log.txt
This also saves a list of all installed files to
, which you can use to uninstall ranger.
After starting ranger, you can use the Arrow Keys or
to open a file or
to quit. The third column shows a preview of the current file. The second is the main column and the first shows the parent directory.
Ranger can automatically copy default configuration files to
if you run it with the switch
--copy-config=( rc | scope | ... | all )
for a description of that switch. Also check
for the default configuration.