Rodent File Manager 5.3.12

An Open Source, fast and customizable file manager designed for Linux operating systems
Rodent Core is an open source, small, fast and powerful file management utility for all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as some BSD distributions. It’s a file manager for the experienced Linux/UNIX user, running on top of the X11 Window System and supporting a wide range of desktop environments. Rodent is the successor of the deprecated Xffm file manager that was used on the Xfce desktop environment a few years back.

Features at a glance

Key features include support for multiple plugins, such as a Windows network plugin (xfsamba), a bookmarks plugin, fstab plugin, and others, wastes no space on function buttons and menus, and all of its functionality is available through keyboard actions or via a pop-up menu. The Rodent filemanager is the next step in the evolution of the Xffm application, which now features a threaded design optimized for multicore CPUs.

In addition to the above, the program features a diff viewer for files and folders, Samba navigator, FUSE (Filesystems In User Space) support, file shredding, file previews, a search tool, process control, file previews and many more attractive features that transform it into a drop-in replacement for the lightweight Thunar and PCManFM file managers.

Under the hood and availability

The Rodent Core project is distributed along with the Rodent applications project, which includes many other libraries and essential components. It is written in the C programming language and uses the GTK+ GUI toolkit for its graphical user interface.

Supported operating systems and requirements

At the moment, Rodent has been successfully tested with mainstream Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, openSUSE, Arch Linux, Fedora, and their derivatives. It requires no third-party applications than the ones mentioned above and runs successfully on almost any open-source desktop environment or window manager, such as Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment, Openbox or Fluxbox.

Reviewed by on September 8th, 2014

last updated on:
September 28th, 2014, 20:02 GMT
developed by:
Edscott Wilson Garcia
license type:
GPL v3 
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Rodent File Manager - The main window, where users can easily manage and access their files and folder, create new ones, rename existing ones, etc
What's New in This Release:
  • Xffm (once known as XFce File Manager) has now entered a new step in its evolution. Gtk+-3.12 is now rid of the popup and tooltip mapping bug which affected certain fvwm configurations and is now considered the gtk version of choice for Rodent Applications.
  • Rodent is now configured to use gtk3 by default with version gtk+-3.4.0, the minimum acceptable, but 3.12 is recommended. It is still possible to compile with gtk >= 2.12, but you must specify the option at the configure step and will miss out on some cool new features, like the pathbar.
  • Within Rodent 5.3.12 you will find that the package manager plugin now supports Gentoo emerge. Furthermore, you will find that this plugin is defined by means of Xschema validated XML files, which not only allow easy action and option definitions, but also provides full help information on package actions and options via Rodent tooltips. Current supported package applications include pkg (FreeBSD), zypper (OpenSUSE), yum (CentOS) and emerge (Gentoo).
  • The versioning nomenclature has also changed. The digits after the 5 reflect the Gtk+ version the programs, plugins and libraries have been compiled without use of any deprecated symbols or methods.
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Application description

As its name suggests, Rodent Core is the most essential component of the Rodent file manager, the successor of the Xff...

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