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4Pane is a multi-pane, detailed-list file manager for Linux. It is designed to be fully-featured without bloat, and aims for speed rather than visual effects. In addition to standard file manager things, it offers multiple undo and redo of most operations (including deletions), archive management including 'virtual browsing' inside archives, multiple renaming/duplication of files, a terminal emulator and user-defined tools.


As you can see from the Screenshots its display is split into a left directory tree-view, and a right detailed-list view which by default shows both files and directories. There are normally two of these twin panes displayed (thus the name) but this, and almost everything else, can be configured to suit your needs.


It has been built and tested on all the main Linux distros, using both current and older versions. Though it has a gtk-style appearance, it's not tied to any particular desktop.


4Pane comes with a built-in manual, which can also be viewed online. The online version has added images.


4Pane is hosted by SourceForge. Bug-reports are very welcome: please report them to the SourceForge bug tracker.


News


10.12.14

Fedora 21 packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

7.11.14

There are now packages available for openSUSE 13.2, both from here and SourceForge.

24.10.14

Ubuntu 14.10 (utopic) packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

29.09.14

4Pane 3.0 is now released. Apart from the usual bug-fixes, the main changes are:
  • There is now a Preview feature: optionally, hovering over an image or a text file will show its contents in a 'tooltip'.
    This can be turned on and off from the 'View' menu, the toolbar or a keyboard shortcut. The sizes of the tooltips, and the delay before they fire, can be set from Options > Configure > Display:Misc.

  • Double-clicking on a file now consults the system's mime-type settings to help decide which application to use to open that file.
    4Pane's original built-in method is still available, and used as a back-up by default; but this can be configured from Options > Configure > Miscellaneous > Other.

Packages for the latest versions of the major distros are available from sourceforge and here.



2.05.14

There are now packages available for Mandriva 2014.0, both from here and SourceForge.

19.04.14

Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty) packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

4.02.14

There are now packages available for Mageia 4, both from here and SourceForge.

18.12.13

Fedora 20 packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

12.12.13

4Pane 2.0 is now available. Apart from the usual bug-fixes, the main changes are:
  • When a visible file is changed on the disc, 4Pane now automatically updates.
    Note that this won't usually work for 'remote' mounts e.g. those over nfs. If you prefer the old behaviour, untick the 'Use inotify...' box in Options > Configure 4Pane > The Display > Trees.
  • It's now possible to mount a remote partition over ssh, using sshfs.
    The mount can then be viewed and its files edited in a pane, just as if it were a local or an nfs mount. However any changes will happen slowly as files have to be transfered from the remote filesystem. In particular, be aware that transferring large files (and normal deletion is a transfer) will freeze 4Pane, maybe for a long time.

Packages for the latest versions of the major distros are available from sourceforge and here.



23.11.13

There are now packages available for openSUSE 13.1 and mandriva 2013.0, both from here and SourceForge.

Slackware 14.1 has also recently been released, but I've not created separate packages for this as the 13.37 ones still work fine.

18.10.13

Ubuntu 13.10 (saucy) packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

03.07.13

Fedora 19 packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

22.05.13

There are now packages available for ubuntu raring and mageia 3, both from here and SourceForge.

14.03.13

openSUSE 12.3 packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

16.01.13

Fedora 18 packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge.

19.10.12

There are now packages available for ubuntu quantal, both from here and SourceForge. There is also a package for zenwalk 7.2 available here.

I won't create slackware 14.0 packages until there are 14.0 wxGTK packages to build them against. Meanwhile the 13.37 ones work on 14.0 too.

09.09.12

openSUSE 12.2 packages are now available, both from here and SourceForge. There are also updated 12.1 packages that fix a bug which caused 4Pane to crash when trying to identify a novel usb device. Updating is advised.

25.06.12

There is now a 'git' repository at SourceForge

I've been using git locally for the last couple of years, interfacing with sourceforge with git-svn. In future I'll use the git repo directly.

The old subversion repository is still there and I'll probably update it, infrequently, for a while; but for the very latest version use git: see Getting 4Pane for details.

17.06.12

4Pane 1.0 is now released.

Yes, after four years and five previous releases, it's time for the version-bump to 1.0. The main changes are:
  • There is now a built-in su/sudo front-end for executing commands with admin privileges.
  • A greater range of compressed files and archives can now be handled.
  • 4Pane will now (by default) use stock icons for such things as Copy and Undo.
  • Better keyboard-navigation.
  • 4Pane now acquires more information about newly-found usb devices, and may not have to ask the user what they are.

Packages for the latest versions of the major distros are available from SourceForge and here.



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