I used ranger for a while, until I realized that using a competent shell app (e.g. zsh) was much faster for navigating around and manipulating files. That said, ranger was a good stepping stone for me to going full-cmdline!
Ranger is simply awesome. It could be faster tho but amazing anyway.
You might want to give lf a shot…it’s heavily inspired by Ranger, but written in Go. It’s what I’ve settled on for file navigation within my text editor of choice.
Doesnt work on Enter-PSSession on Windows tho…. Test it with etsn localhost; lf and you will get a black window. But stuff rarely do for some reason. Even less makes a problem.
etsn localhost; lf
I am so happy now.
strongly suggest giving it a try. the 3-pane layout and directional navigation clicked in my head so instantly and efficiently that I was blown away when I discovered it.
even better is using ranger from within vim for file navigation. it has almost become second nature over buffer explorer unless a project has a particularly ugly directory layout.
Any relation to https://vifm.info/ ?
Another useful, but somewhat different project is broot, which is more based off of fuzzy search than zippers of file trees.
I use ranger. I really like it for sorting through media. Quickest way for me to find+open videos w/ mpv. It has in terminal image previews, ascii or full colour.
Similar file managers: nnn, lf.
I’ve been using ranger almost daily for a few months, and really like how it complements a regular GUI file manager. It’s definitely worth trying!