Oct 082008

Krusader is an advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE and other desktops in the *nix world, similar to Midnight or Total Commander. It provides all the file management features you could possibly want with features like extensive archive handling, mounted filesystem support, FTP, advanced search module, an internal viewer/editor, directory synchronisation, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming and much much more. It supports a wide variety of archive formats and can handle other KIO slaves such as smb or fish. It is (almost) completely customizable, very user friendly, fast and looks great on your desktop! You should give it a try.

Features include,

Two powerful and easy to use panels and support several panels via popup

Command Line and optional Terminal emulator below.

Strong keyboard orientation and the ability to perform all functions without the mouse.

Context-dependent invocation of scripts and programs

Virtual file systems (VFS) for e.g. Remote Connections, archives, search results, synchronizer.

Remote Connections : FTP/SAMBA with SFTP/SCP support via KIOSlaves

Synchronize Directories, Mount-Manager to mount/unmount Filesystems

Launch with Root privileges

Archive Handling: browsing, unpack, pack, testing.

Checksum creation-verification mechanism that supports md5, sha1, sha256, sha224, sha256, sha384, sha512, tiger, whirlpool, cfv and crc.

Calculate occupied space of files and folders, archives and remote filesystems.

Completely supports drag’n’drop: drag from Konqueror straight into a .tar.gz file, from Krusader’s panel into the trash-bin, the desktop or into Konqueror

Install Krusader in openSUSE

Krusader can be installed using one of the following 1-click installs based on your openSUSE version:

openSUSE 11.0
Krusader 1-click install in openSUSE 11.0

openSUSE 10.3

Krusader 1-click install in openSUSE 11.0

openSUSE 10.2

Krusader 1-click install in openSUSE 11.0

NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install in openSUSE 10.2

This should download the YaST MetaPackage file (YMP) and launch the YaST Package manager for installation. Click next on the window showing the selected repositories and next again on the package selection window and finally click Next on the installation proposal window. This should add the required repositories (click import when prompted to import the GPG Keys) and install Krusader and required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation is completed succesfully.
Repository selection Krusader package selection

Installation proposal summary Successful installation
This should add Krusader File Manager under “Applications – System – File Manager” and under “Applications – System – More Programs” for the Krusader with ROOT Privileges.
Krusader in Menu Krusader with ROOT privileges
Launch the Krusader file manager and when run for the first time, Krusader will check for external applications and launch the Krusader Koncifugrator to customize the Krusader File Manager for you. Customize the options and click Apply. This should launch Krusader for you.

Krusdader Splash screen 1st time run

Search external applications Search packages

You can see all the most elegant features of Krusader are available on the Toolbar and you can also the Function keys for various actions to allow you to have a mouse free experience.
Krusader home
You can drag n Drop files between the two panels where there can be two different directories. You can swap the panels with the directories, compare and synchronize the directories.
Drag n Drop
The MountMan tool allows you to mount/unmount filesystems on ad-hoc basis.
Krusader is by far the most comprehensive File Manager that I’ve liked so far. Click here to visit the project homepage.