I like using KDE's Dolphin on Linux. Two important things that it can do are:

  • Open FTP and other locations like regular folders, including opening files for editing
  • Split the explorer window into two panes side by side

Does anyone know a good, free program for Windows that can do the same?

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Total Commander, the Jesus Tool of File Managers.

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    Care to explain why this suits the OP's needs? – Ivo Flipse Jan 9 '11 at 18:39
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    No, but it's Jesus Tool of File Managers, lol. – Alex Jan 27 '11 at 2:28

The KDE on Windows project will let you use Dolphin on Windows.

  • sorry for noob comment but when I come to your link, there is no "Download" menu nor Dolphin-windows-build-version :( – Luke Jun 12 at 15:05
  • @Luke maybe 10 years later it is no longer available? – Mark Jun 14 at 21:30
  • Sad to know that. After some more searched, i've found that instead of maintain a fork of dolphin built for windows, they packed all of it to a single package kde-for-windows. – Luke Jun 15 at 3:22

I use FileZilla. It does exactly what you need it to.

  • Good client. Avoid the server, as it makes unwanted connections to unknown servers. – kmarsh Aug 24 '09 at 13:10
  • Not entirely. In filezilla you can't open two ftp locations next to eachother. Editing files is a hassle (right click -> edit -> make changes -> save -> confirm upload) compared to Dolphin. It's a good client, but just for uploading and downloading. – Bart van Heukelom Aug 24 '09 at 13:19

No, they won't. I've been looking around for something like Konqueror, or Dolphin for windows and it doesn't exist. The ease of dealing with files, local or remote. Doing file type conversions, or in window text editing. Unpacking or packing zip, tar, rar, or bzip. Moving seamlessly from preview to icon, to text file information. KIO slaves that let you treat remote filesystems (ssh, ftp, smb) as local. No there is nothing for windows like it. Sad, but true.

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    Windows has network filesystem support built-in, coming with SMB and WebDAV support out of the box, NFS optional. – grawity Jan 16 '12 at 18:33

You can download Swish for SFTP support directy in Windows Explorer and Windows Double Explorer for browsing with two or more panels.

These solutions are native for Windows and work nice.



SpeedCommander is a comfortable file manager. It builds on the proven two window technology and offers a multitude of exclusive features. Sort, copy, move or delete your files either using the keyboard or the mouse.

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xplorer² and Total Commander are able to do what you want. However, both will cost you money.

FreeCommander is a free file manager replacement with FTP and split screen support. KDE on Windows may also work.


There's Dolphin for Windows. It the file manager I use on my Windows 7. I must admit it doesn't work as well on Windows as it does in Linux.


I use Dolphin on KDE and NexusFile on Windows. It is a different experience but not too bad, and also reminds me of StupenDOS with the color scheme (not to show my age there).

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