Although it describes itself as a minimalist file manager, I have only words of praise for Sunflower, since it rather gathers a lot of features in a compact interface, and I do believe it needs a bit more attention. Sunflower is a twin-panel file manager with a somewhat different approach compared to standard GNOME/KDE/Xfce file browsers, written in GTK with several notable features and support for plugins.
By default, Sunflower shows a twin-panel browser with files and folders listed in a detailed view mode.
There is support for plugins, with a few included by default:
Configuration is done via Edit->Preferences and Sunflower offers many options to change its appearance or behavior.
Configuring the appearance:
Changing default keyboard shortcuts:
Except for being twin-panel, Sunflower has also tabs support, and one of the nice features is that you can embed a terminal in a separate tab:
Sunflower will show information like total size in a directory, free space, file size, file permissions and modification date, has support for bookmarks and history.
As a conclusion, Sunflower is really good, and it’s worth a try, especially if you prefer rich configuration options and a twin-panel file manager.
Installing Sunflower from the PPA
Sunflower is not included in Ubuntu’s repositories but both a PPA and a standalone DEB package are provided. To install Sunflower in Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 from the PPA, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/sunflower sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install sunflower
Notice that in Ubuntu 14.04 you will need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/atareao-sunflower-trusty.list file with superuser privileges and replace any occurrences of trusty with saucy (e.g. sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/atareao-sunflower-trusty.list).
Update: The PPA has been updated with the latest release for Ubuntu Trusty too (see the first comment). The above instructions should work for the latest version in Ubuntu 14.04 too, without the need to change the sources entries.
Installing the latest version from the DEB package
A DEB package is provided for this latest version here. You can download it from this direct link, save it somewhere on your hard disk and then install it using: