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What is Midnight Commander (MC)?

Midnight Commander (also known as MC) is a GNU “Swiss army knife” for the Linux console and other terminal environments. As a cross-platform file manager, Midnight Commander gives users who may be newer to Linux a menu driven console experience which is much easier to learn than standard Unix commands.

Midnight Commander allows users to interface with their system through a text-based menu system which uses arrow keys and function keys to navigate and manipulate file information. Later versions of MC even include mouse support for Linux distributions which include this feature.

Among its many features that make Midnight Commander unique is its ability to rename groups of files simultaneously and move files between directories as they’re being renamed.

First released in 1994, Midnight Commander has continued receiving stable releases for the last nearly 30 years and continues to remain a useful tool for Linux newcomers and veterans alike.


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