software to manage the files stored on your device(s) and/or on the network / 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). These 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 already indicates, file managers must not be restricted to "local file systems" – they can even be dedicated to network services, including cloud storage.