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Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands. Source: Vifm on sourceforge.


Vifm is in Community:

# pacman -S vifm

For tiling window managers

With tiling window managers, the command "xterm -e vifm" may result in Vifm restricted to only a small part of the window. The following AUR package, vifm-for-tiling-wm, takes care of this problem.

Customizing Vifm

Copy the default config file to your home folder

$ cp /usr/share/vifm/vifmrc ~/.vifm/vifmrc

You can then make any changes that suit your working style.

Opening filetypes in Vifm

You can assign applications to filetypes in .vifmrc, eg.,



Another text based filemanager with vi like keybinds is Ranger.