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Software to manage files stored on device(s), network(s), and/or in the cloud.

File managers can run in a graphical environment, or are "console based" (e.g. running in a terminal/command-line window, like the "good old" Norton Commander). They usually share a basic set of features, including:

  • copy/move/delete/rename files
  • create/rename/delete/navigate directories (AKA folders)
  • open files with their associated applications

Additional features often include:

  • edit (text) files
  • run commands
  • offering access to remote machines via FTP and other protocols

As the last item indicates, file managers are not restricted to local file systems – they can even be dedicated to network services, including cloud storage.