Midnight Commander 4.8.14 a Visual File Manager released

Midnight Commander 4.8.14 released early this year, is a visual file manager which comes with a feature rich full-screen text mode application that allows you to copy, move and delete files and whole directory trees, search for files and run commands in the subshell. Internal viewer and editor are included.


Midnight Commander is based on versatile text interfaces, such as Ncurses or S-Lang, which allows it to work on a regular console, inside an X Window terminal, over SSH connections and all kinds of remote shells.

Major changes since 4.8.13


  • Minimal version of GLib is 2.14.0
  • Add new panel binding “SelectExt” to select/unselect files with the same extension as the current file
  • Speed up of directory size calculation
  • Support of italic text



  • New syntax highlighting support:
    • puppet


  • Rewrite mcview’s rendering and scrolling
    • no more partial lines at the top and failure to scroll when Up or Down is pressed;
    • better handling of CJK characters;
    • handle combining accents;
    • improved nroff support;
    • more conventional scrolling behavior at the end of the file.
  • Use VIEW_SELECTED_COLOR in plain mode
  • In QuickView panel, don’t pass any chars to command line to avoid unexpected command execution

Diff viewer


  • Code cleanup
  • Bind poedit to Edit action for .po files
  • Better grammar mcedit user menu


  • Fail to build against musl libc
  • Error compiling with glib 2.20.3
  • Overwrite of the PROMPT_COMMAND bash variable
  • contrib/*.?sh are not recreated after rerun of configure
  • File rename handles zero-length substitutions incorrectly
  • Lose files on “Skip” when “Cannot preallocate space for target file”
  • Info panel can’t obtain file system statistics on Solaris
  • “Shell patterns” broken beyond repair
  • File selection by patterns uses bytes instead of unicode characters
  • Copy files dosn’t work as expected, when copying to a directory with the special symbol in its name
  • Wrong order of old_colors table items
  • Input line: Alt+Backspace on one-letter word erases too much
  • “Directory scanning” window is too narrow
  • No Help for User Menu
  • mcedit: paste from clipboard does not work
  • mcviewer: hang when viewing broken man page
  • mcview hex: incorrect highlight when search string not found
  • mcview hex edit: UTF-8 chars are not updated
  • mcview hex edit: can’t enter certain UTF-8 characters
  • mcview hex edit: CJK overflow
  • mcedit: status line doesn’t show full path to file
  • Freeze when copying from one FTP location to another

Install Midnight Commander 4.8.14 on Ubuntu OS

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eugenesan/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mc
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