CLEX (pronounced KLEKS) is an open source, curses-based command-line file manager that features a full-screen user interface, which is capable of displaying directory contents, such as file status details. It boasts a full screen, ncurses-based command-line interface (CLI).
Features at a glance
Key features include detailed directory listing, support for comparing folders, file grouping, file sorting, simple editing of files, redo and undo function, support for selecting multiple files, name completion, command templates, command history, and automatic quoting for special characters in the name of the files.
In addition, CLEX provides on-line context-sensitive help, support for bookmarking directories, easy configuration, panel contents filtering, powerful main function menu, configurable layouts for the file panel, ‘cd’ (change directory) command, ‘rm’ (delete file) command, several date and time formats, as well as support for UTF-8 encodings.
Getting started with CLEX
To install and use the CLEX program under a GNU/Linux operating system, you must either download the latest source tarball from Softpedia or open your package manager and install the pre-built binary from there.
Compiling CLEX is easy as pie, as you’ll only have to save the TAR archive on your Home folder, extract its contents using an archive manager utility, open a terminal emulator application and run the ‘./configure && make’ command.
After a successful compilation, run the ‘make install’ command as root or the ‘sudo make install’ command as a privileged user to install CLEX system wide and make it available to all users on your system.
Run the software by executing the ‘clex’ command in the terminal emulator window. You will be warned if no configuration file is present, so you might want to run the ‘cfg-clex’ command first.
Supported operating systems
Supported operating systems include all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as any other UNIX-like systems, such as FreeBSD. At the moment, the program is supported on both 64-bit and 32-bit computers.