Total Commander, my favorite go-to app for powerful dual-pane file management on both Windows and Android (see our overview for features and screenshots), reached v1.0 final today, dropping the incredibly annoying mandatory expiration which was present in the release candidates. One such expiration caught me on a plane with no Internet access and forced me to literally turn back time on my tablet just to get it to work again. Needless to say, I welcome the first version that will no longer refuse all functions after an arbitrary period of time.

While discussing Total Commander with its founder Christian Ghisler back in the day, I asked him whether we'd ever see an Android Market (now Play Store) release. At the time, he was quick to categorically say no, but the situation changed recently. TC is not in the Play Store just yet, but I'm fully expecting to see it there soon. In the meantime, I've fired off an email to Christian once again and will update this post if he responds.



The full history of changes is available here.


Grab the final version of Total Commander here or see this forum post for more details.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • AntiWampire Coward

    Did he provided any reason, as to why not to release TC on the Play Store?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Originally, because it was a free product, he didn't want to deal with support questions and lots of dumbassery that goes on in Play Store comments. Guess he changed his mind.

      • Hal Motley

        Yeah, my favourite example of "dumbassery" in Google Play will always be people complaining that Glowball couldn't run on their non-Tegra/Tegra 2 device. 

        Sorry Terry and co. but the demo was never designed by NVIDIA for any other CPU except Tegra 3 !

        Terry Bodega on December 1, 2011 (EeePad Transformer TF101 with version 1.0)

        Fails to open Asus Transformer.

        Paddy on December 1, 2011 (Motorola XOOM with version 1.0)

        Fails to open on Xoom

         mike on December 1, 2011 (Motorola XOOM with version 1.0)
        scam wake up,

  • Aaronn

    I love it free, but I would gladly pay him. 

  • moelsen8

    sweet!  can't wait to see it in play store!

  • Aron Glazer

    So, let the inevitable Solid Explorer vs Total Commander games begin!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Hehe, even though Solid Explorer is a worthy competitor, it's hard for me to break the habit, and I've stuck with TC for now.

      • Aron Glazer

        I've definitely jumped on the SE bandwagon.  I haven't tried the new TC yet, but SE is just very polished and intuitive.  I never used TC for a appreciable length of time, so I don't have an attachment there.  I'm curious to know what others think :D

    • Christoph Wagner

      Solid Explorer is probably better on tablets, but everything takes up too much space on my mobile screen. Without TC I'd prob still take it but TC for Android rocks too much:)

  • Paul_Werner

    Yessss, finally in the Play Store. I still remember the [Total Nerdgasm] post from when I posted about this as Wreck and @archon810:disqus went crazy about it... good times, good times

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Wait, it's not in the Play Store yet.

      • Paul_Werner

        Oh, crap, I glanced at the article while at work on a call, lol. Well this is good news anyway :-D

      • Paul_Werner

        Hey @archon810:disqus , you should also note that whenever TC is updated he also updates his plugins (i.e. LAN) too


    For 6 years, until late 2010, Total Commander was the only file manager I ran on my multiple WM phones (it is still installed on my 2 spare WM devices, sitting inside a drawer most of the time). When I switched to Android, at the beginning of 2011, I missed TC very much. Not anymore! Have already installed it from Christian's announcent forum. It is still that great! The two simultaneous pages handling feature, which has always made copy and move operations insanely easy, are present. Besides, root functions are available, allowing me to copy files to the /system folder. And a lot more! Thanks a ton, Christian! And, thanks, Android Police, for making me aware about TC for Android!

    • Dark

      TC was the only file manager I used on my WM phones too. Like you I have 2 WM phone sitting in a drawer with TC. I am stoked to see this on Android.

  • Dvorscak13

    Samsung Galaxy Note

  • Hector Acevedo

    Solid Explorer is better