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The RNR File Manager (RNR's Not Ranger)

Project description

The RNR File Manager (RNR's Not Ranger)

The RNR File Manager (RNR's Not Ranger) is a text based file manager that combines the best features of Midnight Commander and Ranger


  • Very fast file and directory browser with Vim-style keys and powerful fuzzy filter


  • The most robust file copier in existence (TO DO)
  • Work on remote servers via ssh (TO DO)


  • Transfer Speed: In the speed/reliability tradeoff it will choose reliability first.
  • Portability: It is intended for use in Linux, and, although it may work on other POSIX-compatible operating systems, errors on non-Linux systems are not considered bugs.
  • Configurability: Apart from choosing a colour scheme, and custom bookmarks, it is not intended to be configurable, so no custom commands or keybindings. This has the advantage that rnr will work the same everywhere it is installed.

Development status

This project is still in its infancy and it's only a directory changer for the moment.


  • A robust file copying engine
  • A simple file and directory preview in the other panel

Future Roadmap

  • Connect to SFTP servers and transfer files to/from them
  • Explore compressed files

Key bindings


  • ESC: Return to command mode (like Vim)
  • q, Q, F10: Exit
  • CTRL-R: Reload panels
  • TAB: Change active panel
  • ALT-I: Set the other panel to the current directory
  • ALT-O: Set the other panel to the highlited directory
  • F3: View file with the selected pager / Enter directory
  • F4: Edit file/directory with the selected editor
  • F7: Make directory


  • h, LEFT: Go to the parent directory

  • j, DOWN: Go to the next list element

  • k, UP: Go to the previous list element

  • l, RIGHT, ENTER: Enter directory / Open file with the selected opener

  • g, HOME: Go to the top of the list

  • G, END: Go to the bottom of the list

  • CTRL-B, PAGE UP: Go up a page in the list

  • CTRL-F, PAGE DOWN: Go down a page in the list

  • f, /: Filter list (fuzzy finder like fzf)

  • BACKSPACE: Show/Hide hidden files

  • sn: Sort by Name

  • sN: Sort by Name (Reverse)

  • se: Sort by Extension

  • sE: Sort by Extension (Reverse)

  • sd: Sort by Date & Time

  • sD: Sort by Date & Time (Reverse)

  • ss: Sort by Size

  • sS: Sort by Size (Reverse)

  • m<KEY>: Add current directory to the bookmark named <KEY>

  • '<KEY>: Go to the bookmark named <KEY>

  • '': Go to the previous directory

  • r, c: Rename file (replace)

  • i, I: Rename file (insert)

  • a: Rename file (append before extension)

  • A: Rename file (append after extension)

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