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Vi File Manager

📅 2014-Aug-22 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ file manager, vifm, vim ⬩ 📚 Archive


Vi File Manager (vifm) is a terminal file manager for users familiar with the Vim editor. Its two-pane interface is similar to Midnight Commander. However, the navigation, select, cut-copy-paste commands are similar to that in Vim.


To install vifm from Ubuntu repository:

$ sudo apt install vifm

However, I found that this version of vifm is very old. The most recent vifm can be easily downloaded from here and compiled using:

$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install


Some of the common commands I use are:

For the detailed list of commands see the vifm manual and this summarized command list.

Custom configuration can be stored in the ~/.vifm/vifmrc file.

Tried with: Vifm 0.7.7 and Ubuntu 14.04

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