Introduction to MC

MC (Midnight Commander) is a text-mode full-screen file manager and visual shell. It provides a clear, user-friendly, and somewhat protected interface to a Unix system while making many frequent file operations more efficient and preserving the full power of the command prompt.

Package information

Installation of MC

Install MC by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make &&
make install

Configuring MC

Config files


Configuration Information

The ~/.mc directory and its contents are created when you start mc for the first time. Then you can edit the main ~/.mc/ini configuration file manually or through the MC shell. Consult the mc(1) man page for details.


The MC package contains mc, mcedit, mcmfmt and mcview.



mc is a visual shell.


mcedit is an internal file editor.


mcview is an internal file viewer.