Software Update: Total Commander 7.55 Beta 2

Christian Ghisler has released the second public beta release of version 7.55 of Total Commander. This program can be used as a replacement for Windows Explorer. Splitting the image in half makes it easy to copy files, but the program can do much more. There are various ways to modify files, there is a built-in ftp client and a multi-rename tool and there is support for a large number of compression formats. Furthermore, the functionality can be extended with plugins.

New in version 7.55 is, among other things, the possibility to specify options before the copying process starts. Furthermore, files can be exchanged between two computers via a special USB cable and various improvements have been made to the ftp part. Furthermore, many more processes can now run in the background. This leaves the main program available for other things and archive files can now also be opened in virtual directories. Since the first public beta, the following changes and improvements have been made:


  • Paste text into quick search dialog (and Ctrl+S dialog) with Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert, as if the user was typing the characters (only works as long as the characters match)
  • CRC check: Support CRC checksums directly in the file names, in the form filename[1234ABCD].ext
  • wincmd.ini [Configuration] MultiRenameLoadSettings=SavedName load specified settings when opening multi-rename tool (set to some non-existent name to open with default settings)
  • Disallow port connection (USB and LPT) by adding 512 to RestrictInterface value (wincmd.ini and/or registry)


  • Colors by file type: Also refresh list of user-defined searches when user closes dialog with “X” button (but do not focus it)
  • Synchronize dirs, delete (asymmetric mode): Do not start copy operations if user aborts delete operation
  • Size calculation with Alt+Shift+Enter: Total size (in footer) was updated in the active panel instead of the calculated panel
  • Do not limit search to only the directory itself when searching in previous search results
  • Custom columns view: In search results view (after ‘feed to listbox’), TC did not pass the DOS 8.3 names to non-Unicode plugins even if the files had Unicode names
  • Unpack multiple encrypted zip/rar archives with internal unpacker (Alt+F9): Only ask once for the password (if all use the same)
  • FTP: Send commands defined in “Send commands” field also in background, can be turned off via SpecialFlags=256 (in wcx_ftp.ini, either section [General] or per connection)
  • Switch from custom columns view in normal file system to other custom columns view in fs plugin worked only every second time
  • Thumbnail view: No custom fields shown below file name when switching from custom columns view to thumb view
  • Thumbnail view with a mix of normal and delay-loaded fields on one line -> values ​​of normal fields could be lost once the delay-loaded fields were loaded
  • Crash when closing TC while search window in Lister was open
  • No icon shown for some malformed file types, eg no “open” verb defined, and default value of “shell” key not set
  • FTP: Turn off MLSD and switch to LIST when server returns error “500 Command not understood” or “425 No data connection.”
  • Find files not older than 1 month on 31. March not working (because 31. February doesn’t exist…)
  • TcUsbRun.exe: Auto-elevate itself when user runs it with normal rights on Vista or Windows 7
  • Compare by content: Subdirs in TEMP dir not deleted when comparing file in archive 2 or more levels deep
  • Files – change attributes: File colors were reset to black instead of the user-defined foreground color after changing plugin fields
  • When loading the openssl dlls, set current directory to TC dir to avoid that the dll is loaded from the program’s current dir
  • Re-pack file to archive after editing with F4 -> archive listing not updated if option “Set ZIP date to newest file date” was set, AND the archive contained a file with a time stamp in the future (so that file’s time stamp was used instead of the one of the changed file)
  • Moved handling of separate trees to its own background thread (was handled by icon/overlay/thumbnail thread before)
  • F5 copy while other panel shows tree suggested wrong target directory
  • Lister changed keyboard layout when displaying some RTF files (caused by Windows RTF control)
  • F7 create directory in packer plugins: Call them exactly as when adding an empty directory with F5 (added missing backslashes)
  • Show error if user presses Ctrl+PageDown on ” F5>” item in RAR with encrypted names
  • CRC check dialog too small if system font size >96 dpi (however, it was correct with OverrideDPI)
  • Delete empty dirs sometimes failed if a subdir was opened in the opposite panel and “watch directory changes” was enabled
  • Detect infinite loops in environment variables, eg set xx=%xx% , then use cd %xx% in command line
  • cm_CopyNamesToClip on ftp stores names with trailing slash -> restore with cm_LoadSelectionFromClip (in button bar) failed!
  • CRC check window not centered over main window if TC shown on secondary screen

Total Commander 7.55 beta 1 screenshot, click on the image for a larger version.

Version number 7.55 beta 2
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Website Ghisler
File size 3.07MB
License type Shareware