Ghost Commander File Manager

Ghost Commander File Manager


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  • Easy to use
  • Bulk moves
  • Issues with clouds
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"When You Need A File Manager, Go Ghost"

Reviewed by / Feb 25, 2015

Ghost Commander lets you manage your files from anywhere.


The Ghost Commander File Manager app allows you to customize your file management system to fit your needs. You can bulk copy, cut, delete, move, transfer, and more.

The app is compatible with Dropbox and other cloud storage systems, to make your file management simplified.


Compatible with other systems, this app makes file management easy. It allows you to do single and bulk movements.


Doesn't work with all clouds.

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Developer's original description available here
Ghost Commander is a dual-panel file manager (as well as a FTP, SFTP, SMB, WebDAV, Drive, BOX, Dropbox client!) which will let you to manage your files locally or remotely as well as tweak your system in the root mode. It is customizable, ad-free open sourced and donation supported!

The main idea behind this is classic: copy and move files from one panel to another. This method of operating is far more convenient than what is offered by most other file managers, in which you would have to copy/cut items and then navigate to various different folders to paste them - back and forth, again and again.
To not overload the display with extra checkboxes, each file row is divided by two zones: tapping on the left you open files and folders, tapping on the right you select multiple items. If you are left handed, that could be swapped in the settings.

Ghost Commander lets you transfer files both to and from FTP and SFTP servers and Windows network shares, as well as Google Drive, BOX and Dropbox cloud storage (plugin required), plus it can create/extract ZIP archives and work with as it was a regular folder.
For advanced users, this file manager also supports root (superuser) mode, which is essential to work with protected system files on a rooted phone, change file permission attributes/owners (chmod/chown) and even execute your own shell commands (busybox required).

This file manager is very customizable and comes with a lot of options which allow you to adjust its appearance and behavior to your personal tastes and habits.

Ghost Commander's features include, but are not limited to:
* easy sorting by name, extension, size or date
* customizable multiselect (by tapping, or select by wildcards)
* root / superuser (su) mode: remount partitions and make changes in system files
* change file owner and permissions (in root mode only)
* working with files via the MediaStore perspective (which allows writing access to external SDcard on Kitkat)
* ZIP archive support: create and extract ZIP files, view inside a ZIP without extracting
* built-in FTP client: upload to/download from your own site or a public one
* favorite shortcuts for folders and locations
* calculation of file and folder size and MD5 and SHA-1
* file search by content and other properties
* text editor (built-in or external)
* text and picture viewers
* sends files via email, Bluetooth and so on
* personalization: colors, font size, interface language, custom toolbar, etc
* Windows network support via an optional SMB plugin
* Streaming audio/video from a remote location to a player app (VPlayer is recommended)
* Access to the Google Drive, Dropbox and BOX or any WebDAV enabled cloud storage (with plugins)

Requested permissions explanation:
INTERNET - to make FTP and other network plugins be able to connect to internet hosts.
No connection is established without your command to do so.
ACCESS_WIFI_STATE - to not to let the WiFi go down during a file transfer.
WAKE_LOCK - to not to let the phone go to a deep sleep during a file transfer.
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE - to let the file manager copy files to the sdcard.
VIBRATE - to let the phone vibrate when a long file operation is done.
INSTALL_SHORTCUT - to create shortcut icons to the desktop.
MOUNT_UNMOUNT_FILESYSTEMS - to do so when you have asked that.
ACCESS_SUPERUSER - to let the root: mode of the file manager functioning properly. Not used for any other purposes.
USE_CREDENTIALS - only to let the Google Drive plugin access to the Google based services.

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If you like this application, a small donation to help further development will be appreciated!

Keywords: root, file manager, manage files, file explorer, Midnight Commander, Norton Commander, FAR manager, dual panel

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Recently changed in this version

Fix in the picture viewer now allow to load external images
Fix in the FTP client to more correctly handle character encoding

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Comments and ratings for Ghost Commander File Manager
  • (59)

    by Mark Thurman on 23/02/2015

    Another app that says youcan writeto the extra sd card, but can't. Guess I need to just buy an Apple product now.

  • (59)

    by Peter Dunstan on 23/02/2015

    Also allows write to external SD card under Kit Kat.

  • (59)

    by Glen Flanagan on 23/02/2015

    All of the features are great BUT. . . It doesn't seem to register with the system as a file manager/explorer. I removed all other 3rd party file manager apps and installed this, then tried to set a sound file for my alarm clock. with other file managers, the alarm clock app would show then as an option for searching for the sound file. but ghost commander does not appear. so I tested it thro

  • (59)

    by Geoff Mortimer on 23/02/2015

    This is my main file manager. Intuitive and easy to use. Works well on my Nexus 7 but will not pick up my two SD card attached to my Asus T201.

  • (59)

    by Crystal Mcneely on 23/02/2015

    Its awesome

  • (59)

    by ano nymo on 22/02/2015

    I used to be able to Sort file/folder lists By Date & descending & have that persist app shutdowns and/or Android shutdowns. Now, Sort By Date ALWAYS reverts to Date ascending. WHY?

  • (59)

    by sandip kumaar on 22/02/2015

    Application size is small but work is big and good

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