A VIM-inspired filemanager for the console
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
rifle, a file launcher that is good at automatically finding out which program to use for what file type.
mcaficionados 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 (
man rangerin a terminal). See
HACKING.mdfor development-specific information.
For configuration, check the files in
ranger/config/or copy the default config to
ranger --copy-config(see instructions).
examples/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.
>=3.1) with the
cursesmodule and (optionally) wide-unicode support
For general usage:
filefor determining file types
chardet(Python package) for improved encoding detection of text files
sudoto use the "run as root" feature
python-bidi(Python package) to display right-to-left file names correctly (Hebrew, Arabic)
For enhanced file previews (with
caca-utils) for ASCII-art image previews
urxvtfor image previews
imagemagick) to auto-rotate images and for SVG previews
ffmpegthumbnailerfor video thumbnails
pygmentizefor syntax highlighting of code
7zto preview archives
sed) to preview archives as their first image
elinksto preview html pages
fmt) for textual
pdftoppmto preview as image
djvutxtfor textual DjVu previews,
ddjvuto preview as image
epub-thumbnailerfor image previews of ebooks
transmission-showfor viewing BitTorrent information
exiftoolfor viewing information about media files
odt2txtfor OpenDocument text files (
jqfor JSON files
fontimagefor font previews
openscadfor 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
install_log.txt, which you can use to uninstall ranger.
After starting ranger, you can use the Arrow Keys or
Enterto open a file or
qto 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
~/.config/rangerif you run it with the switch
--copy-config=( rc | scope | ... | all ). See
ranger --helpfor a description of that switch. Also check
ranger/config/for the default configuration.