The user interface is divided into the following elements:
There are several ways to select files and folders in Total Commander:
You can perform the following file operations with Total Commander/Android:
The main menu contains the following commands:
Shows the last visited directories.
Just tap on a directory to go there.Contents
Allows to save often used directories.
Just tap on a saved directory to go there.
To add a directory, don't come here via home screen! Instead, go to the directory first, then add it via main menu.Contents
Allows to search for specific files:
File name to search for, also partial names and wildcards *,? allowed
Also allows to exclude files/folders,
e.g. * | filename foldername/
Search for text in files
Search for text in Unicode files
Not older than:
Search only files younger than a certain time
Restrict results by size
Closes Total Commander for AndroidContents
Allows to create a new subfolder in the current directory.Contents
Allows to change Total Commander settings.
To copy or move files, select them by tapping on their icons, or with the select button, then tap on the Copy/Move button.
In the copy dialog, you can now type a target directory. The default is the directory of the target panel.
To copy the file(s), click Copy, or to move them, click Move, or send them via Bluetooth or Wifi.
If the source window shows the contents of a ZIP or other archive file, the selected files are unpacked.
If the target window shows the contents of a ZIP file, the selected files are packed into that zip file.
If the source window lists the contents of a plugin, the selected files will be downloaded.
If the target window lists the contents of a plugin, the selected files will be uploaded.Contents
Allows to rename a single file in place: Hold down the finger/pen on a file until the context menu appears, then tap on "Rename".Contents
Allows to rename all selected files with powerful rename options:
- Create a numbered file list
- Convert to upper-/lowercase via placeholders, e.g. [U][N][L]
- Replace a string in the name with a different string
- Add current date/time to file name
- Keep only certain characters of the file name
The results are shown immediately in the result box below the rename options, before the files are renamed.
With this field, you can create a definition for a new file name. The button  allows to insert place holders for the previous name, parts of the name, a counter, or file date/time. The + button opens a list of older masks. Place holders are always in brackets [ ], while all other letters (without brackets) will be placed in the new name without a change.
See below for a description of all available placeholders!
Files can also be moved to other directories by specifying directory separators "/" (slashes) in the name. Directories which do not exist yet will be created automatically.
Definition string for extension. In principle, all placeholders can be added to either of the two definition boxes. The rename tool will create a rename string like this: Fields in name mask + "." + Fields in extension mask. The reason why the two fields are separated is to prevent the accidental removal of file extensions, which would remove the association of files with a certain program.
Search for & Replace with
The string entered in the field 'Search for' is replaced by the string in 'Replace with'. The text in 'search for' is NOT case sensitive! Both fields support the placeholders (wildcards) * and ?. A * stands for any number of characters, a ? for exactly one character.
This function is applied AFTER the rename mask!
You can search+replace multiple strings in one step! The strings need to be separated by the vertical line (Button to the right of the field).
Example: Replace Umlauts+Accents:
Search for: ä|ö|ü|é|è|ê|à
Replace with: ae|oe|ue|e|e|e|a
^ Respect upper-/lowercase. Can be used to replace uppercase characters with other characters than lowercase.
1x Only replace the first occurrence of the search string if it appears multiple times in the file name
[E] Also replace the search text within the extension.
RegEx Use regular expressions.
Subst. Substitution: The entire file name will be replaced by the characters entered in the "Replace" field. If this option isn't checked, only the found expression will be replaced. You can work with subexpressions, e.g. $1 first expression in (), $2 second expression etc.
Example: Replace Umlauts+Accents considering upper/lowercase (option ^):
Search for: ä|ö|ü|é|è|ê|à|Ä|Ö|Ü|É|È|Ê|À
Replace with: ae|oe|ue|e|e|e|a|AE|OE|UE|E|E|E|A
Opens a menu with the following options:
<Undo last operation>
Tries to undo the rename operation in reverse order (last renamed file first). This also works AFTER closing the Multi-Rename-Tool! Just re-open it with any file(s).
Sets the default settings (no changes to the names)
Allows to save the current settings
Deletes the last selected entry from the list
Loads settings saved earlier
Shows a list of all files being renamed. The modified names are shown below the original names. All changes to the above fields are immediately shown in this column, but the files are not actually renamed until the Start! button is pressed. If the rename mask contains an error, the string <Error!> is shown.
Individual items can be moved up/down with drag&drop of the icons. This is useful for changing the file order for the counter function.
Starts to rename files. There will be a warning message if there are name conflicts.
Closes the dialog box without any further actions.
Here is a description of all available placeholders. IMPORTANT: Upper/lowercase is relevant!
[N] old file or directory name, WITHOUT extension
[N1] The first character of the original name
[N2-5] Characters 2 to 5 from the old name (totals to 4 characters). Double byte characters (e.g. Chinese, Japanese) are counted as 1 character! The first letter is accessed with '1'.
[N2,5] 5 characters starting at character 2
[N2-] All characters starting at character 2
[N02-9] Characters 2-9 of old name, filled from the left with zeroes if new name is shorter than requested (8 in this example): "abc" -> "bc" is shorter than 8 -> "000000bc"
[N 2-9] Characters 2-9, fill from left with spaces if name shorter than requested (8 in this example): "abc" -> " bc"
[N-8,5] 5 characters starting at the 8-last character (counted from the end of the name)
[N-8-5] Characters from the 8th-last to the 5th-last character
[N2--5] Characters from the 2nd to the 5th-last character
[N-5-] Characters from the 5th-last character to the end of the name
[A] Old file name, WITH extension (All characters of the name), without the path
[2-5] Characters 2-5 from the name INCLUDING path and extension (other numbers as in [N] definition)
[P] Paste name of the parent directory, e.g. when renaming /directory/file.txt -> pastes "directory".
Also working: [P2-5], [P2,5], [P-8,5], [P-8-5] and [P2-], see description of [N] above.
[G] Grandparent directory (usage: see [P]).
[E1-2] Characters 1-2 from the extension (same ranges as in [N] definition)
[C] Paste counter with default settings (start by 1, increase by 1, no fixed width)
[C10+5:3] Paste counter, define counter settings directly. In this example, start at 10, step by 5, use 3 digits width.
Partial definitions like [C10] or [C+5] or [C:3] are also accepted.
[C+1/100] New: Fractional number: Paste counter, but increase it only every n files (in this example: every 100 files).
Can be used to move a specific number of files to a subdirectory,e.g. [C+1/100]/[N]
[Caa+1] Paste counter, define counter settings directly. In this example, start at aa, step 1 letter, use 2 digits (defined by 'aa' width)
[C:a] Paste counter, determine digits width automatically, depending on the number of files. Combinations like [C10+10:a] are also allowed.
[S] Paste file size, in bytes
[T1] After this position, use last modification date/time from renamed file for all date/time fields (default).
Note: These are just switches! Use them with the other time placeholders, e.g. [T1][YMD] [hms]
[T2] After this position, use current date/time (when rename dialog was opened)
[T3] After this position, use current date/time (when rename options were last changed)
[d] Paste date as defined in current country settings. / is replaced by a dash '-'
[Y] Paste year in 4 digit form
[y] Paste year in 2 digit form
[M] Paste month, always 2 digit
[D] Paste day, always 2 digit
[t] Paste time, as defined in current country settings. : is replaced by a dot.
[h] Paste hours, always in 24 hour 2 digit format (00-23)
[H] Paste hours, always in 12 hour 2 digit format (01-12)
[i] am/pm indicator in English, e.g. for time format 10.30pm. Use [i1] for just a or p, e.g. 10.30p.
[m] Paste minutes, always in 2 digit format
[s] Paste seconds, always in 2 digit format
[U] All characters after this position in uppercase
[L] All characters after this position in lowercase
[F] First letter of each word uppercase after this position, all others lowercase
[f] Like [F], but using rules for English in titles (certain words like a, in, the, ... lowercase)
[n] All characters after this position again as in original name (upper/lowercase unchanged)
[R] Random number, 1..6 digits
[R5] Random number, 5 digits (1..9 supported)
[%x%] Inserts environment variable "x". Also supports parts, e.g. [%x%1-5]
[ Insert square bracket: open
] Insert square bracket: close (cannot be combined with other commands inside the square bracket!)Contents
Hold down the finger/pen on a file until the context menu appears, then tap on "Edit file". This loads the file under the cursor into the default file editor, or shows a list of available editors.
Internal editor helpContents
With the X button you can delete the selected files.
Important note: The files will NOT be moved to some kind of Recycle bin, they will be deleted immediately!Contents
Allows to pack the selected files and/or subdirectories with the built-in ZIP packer.
ZIP files created this way are fully ZIP-compatible and can be unzipped on the PC or also on the device. To unzip, open the file with ENTER (or tap) and then copy the files to any directory you want.Contents
To unpack files from an archive file, open the archive with a tap, then select the files which you want to unpack and press the Copy button.
Total Commander can unpack the following file types:
zip, rar, 7z, tar, gz, z, bz2, arj, lzh, iso, img, cab
It uses the free open source 7zip library. The source code is available via Licenses page.
Shows the properties of the selected file(s) and allows to change the date/time.
For folders, the occupied disk space is shown.
Reloads the current directory to reflect any changes made in other programs.Contents
Allows to send the selected files via Bluetooth (OBEX standard protocol).
The OBEX standard is used by devices like PocketPCs, Palm(TM), and many mobile phones.Contents
Allows to send the selected files via Wifi by creating a local WebDAV server. Needs the Wifi plugin.
The server URL will also be shown as a QR code. As a target, it's possible to use the Wifi plugin on other Android devices, or any QR-Code reader together with a Web browser.Contents
Allows to select or unselect files of specific types, e.g. all html files by using the wildcards *.htm *.html .
Type the wildcards you want or select previously used wildcards from the dropdown list, and click on "select" or "unselect". The files will be selected in addition to the already selected files!Contents
Context menus are invoked by holding down the finger/pen for about 1 second. They exist for the files in the file list, and for some buttons in the button bar:
The local file menu contains the commands Rename, Properties, Copy/Move to clipboard, Paste here.
For audio and video files, there are additional menu items for the internal player.
All user-defined buttons also have context menus to change or delete themContents
On devices with a keyboard, or when using a Bluetooth keyboard, Total Commander supports the following keyboard shortcuts:
|SPACE||Select single file|
|*||Reverse selection (files+folders)|
|# / @||Properties|
|ESC/Backspace||Up one level|
The button bar contains some predefined buttons, like Copy and Delete, and also allows to add your own buttons by tapping on the "add" button (the last one behind all user buttons). The button will always be added at the end of the button bar, but just before the "add" button.
Description of the buttons:
|Select/unselect files. You can also directly tap on the file icons to select them.|
|Copy or move selected files, send via Bluetooth.|
|Pack files with ZIP packer.|
|Delete selected file(s).|
|Sort active panel by name, extension, size, or timestamp.|
|Open secondary bar with user-defined buttons.|
|Add current directory to button bar (default), or let the user choose an internal command or external application. Edit via Tap+Hold.|
To modify a user-defined button, tap on it for more than 1 second. This will open the context menu, which allows to change or delete the button.
See Dialog box - change buttonContents
This dialog allows to change the settings of a button.
(Multiple lines allowed, one parameter per line!)
Send file name as URL
Send any URL to app
Send name as STREAM extra field
Set explicit MIME type
Set extra field of name android.intent.extra.NAME with value data
Set extra field of name NAME with value data
Extra field requiring string list
Set explicit action, e.g. action:android.intent.action.MAIN
Set explicit category, e.g. category:android.intent.category.LAUNCHER
Send the list of selected files as URL list via putParcelableArrayListExtra.
Automatically sets MIME type to type common to all files, e.g. audio/mp3, audio/*, */*
Uses content: URLs on android 10 or newer.
Also changes ACTION_SEND to ACTION_SEND_MULTIPLE
Like list:, but forces content: URLs.
Like list:, but forces file: URLs.
Like list:, but sets name used by putParcelableArrayListExtra.
%% single percent sign
%P current path name (with trailing slash)
%N name of first selected file
%T current path in other panel
%M name of first selected file in other panel
%C content://url of first selected file
%S All selected file names without path, surrounded with "" if they contain spaces, e.g. name.txt "second name.txt"
%P%S Like %S, but with full path, e.g. /storage/emulated/0/name.txt
Note: Surround with ' to always add single quotes, " for double quotes
Example: Send a mail with attachment to 2 recipients:
Function type: Send to app
Command: >> GMail
extra:SUBJECT:File for you
extra:TEXT:Here is the file %N
The internal editor allows to edit small files in ANSI and Unicode format.
Note: Copy/Paste can be performed via the context menuContents
The internal media player allows to play audio and video files supported by Android itself, using the built-in MediaPlayer control.
It can stream music and video from the Internet and from (updated) plugins.
Description of the buttons:
Note: Some buttons are deactivated by default and can be displayed via the player settings.
Only during full screen video playback: Allows to zoom the video. It can be zoomed as follows:|
1:1 Square pixels are assumed
100% Full screen (no borders)
16:9 Zoomed to 16:9 format
4:3 Zoomed to 4:3 format
|Opens the equalizer. The icon is green when the equalizer is enabled. Requires Android 2.3 or newer.|
|Skips playback backward by configured time (default: 30 seconds).|
|Skips playback forward by configured time (default: 30 seconds).|
|Pauses playing after x minutes (default: 30 minutes).|
|Play previous file in queue.|
|Play/resume playing current file.|
|Pause currently playing file.|
|Play next file in queue.|
|Indicates queue playback speed and allows to change by a button tap. Requires Android 6.0 or newer.|
|Close player and delete queue.|
Plugins can be accessed via the home screen.
Passwords for connections can be stored with the built-in password manager. You set a master password which protects the passwords with AES256 encryption. To change the master password, try to connect as usual. In the master password dialog, enter the old password, then click on the button CHANGE MASTER PASSWORD.
The following plugins are currently available:
The Installed Apps plugin lists all the installed third party applications
You can perform the following operations on them:
The ftp plugin allows to make connections to ftp servers.
Tap on <New connection> to create a new connection. Then enter a connection name.
You can now specify server name and port, user, password, remote directory, commands to send on connect (separate multiple commands by a ;), server type, firewall, passive mode and file name encoding.
Tap on a connection name to connect. After connecting, the packer icon will change to a connection icon. Use this icon to change the transfer mode (binary, text or automatic), and to disconnect. Only a single connection is supported at the same time per panel.
If your server isn't detected, you can define a server type in Total Commander for Windows and import it into the Android version. To do this, open your wcx_ftp.ini, and look for a section like this:
Template1=pppppppppp !S* TTT DDDDDDDD n*
Save this to a file called (in this example) Unix1.ini, transfer it to the SD-Card of your Android device, and then use the option "load detect string".
This opens another dialog for the configuration of your firewall. All firewall types of the desktop Total Commander are supported, except for the HTTP type. Leave the user name and password fields empty if your firewall doesn't support them. The first type is the most common, so try this first.
The LAN plugin allows to access often accessed servers in the LAN (local area network) via smb (Windows file sharing).
1. Tap on <new server>
2. Enter a name for the list, e.g. Server1
3. Enter the server name in the network
To be able to connect, you need a real LAN connection to your network (e.g. via WLAN).Contents
The SFTP plugin allows to connect to SFTP servers (file transfers over SSH). For FTPS (FTP over SSL) you need to use the FTP plugin.Contents
The following plugins for cloud services are currently available:
Connect to WebDAV servers, e.g. by GMX, OwnCloud or CPanel servers (port 2078).Contents
Allows to send files and URLs between two Android devices, or from one Android device to any PC, tablet or smartphone with a web browser.
Send: Select some files, tap on and then on "via WiFi".
Receive: Tap on "WiFi Transfer" in the Home folder. Then scan the QR code, or enter the URL manually.Contents
Access to USB sticks via USB on the go on devices which normally don't allow the access, like the Nexus 7 and 10.Contents
Here are some known problems and possible solutions:
Q: Total Commander for Android fails to access some network shares.
A: Try to use the numeric IP address instead of the server name
Q: Total Commander for Android fails to send a file via Bluetooth on my custom ROM.
A: Some custom ROMs (e.g. Villarom 12.0.0 on HTC Hero) do not implement Bluetooth correctly. Try with a different Bluetooth program like Blueobex whether this is the case. Please contact us if other Bluetooth tools work but Total Commander doesn't.