To see which version of fman you currently have, you can use the
About command: Press
Cmd+Shift+P on Mac) and enter "About". You'll see a
dialog similar to the following:
If you're not at the latest version below, please see this page for how to update.
June 7, 2018
ReloadPluginssometimes produced an error:
- macOS's Quick Look feature for previewing files was previously only available in fman through a plugin. It is now a part of core fman.
Improved the layout of fman's GUI elements on high DPI
displays on Windows.
Old Command Palette:
- Slightly improved fman's onboarding for new users.
June 1, 2018
The folder and file icons sometimes flickered when
entering a directory:
It's now possible to select files by mouse: Hold
Shiftto select a range of items, or
Ctrl/Cmdto toggle individual files.
- Fixed an old error message when opening virtual drives on Windows.
On some users' Windows systems, the file icons were so
large that they almost overlapped:
May 25, 2018
fman now has a context menu!
Please see this blog post for details.
May 14, 2018
fman remembers the sort order of your directories: For
instance, many people like to sort their Downloads
folder by the Modified date. When you leave the folder
and open it again, it will automatically be sorted by
the Modified column.
This feature (of remembering the sort order) did not work when you were viewing the contents of a Zip archive and went up to the folder containing the archive: The folder was always sorted by Name instead of eg. the Modified column. This was a bug and is now fixed.
Some Windows users were still seeing errors that the
Core plugin failed to load (see
version 1.0.6 below). This is now
fixed, though they may still see an error when invoking
ShowExplorerPropertiescommand. Further research is necessary.
- fman internally uses 7-Zip to pack and unpack archives (.zip, .7z, ...). Last week, a security vulnerability was found in 7-Zip. fman's version of 7-Zip was updated on Windows to fix the issue. On Linux and Mac, an official fix by the 7-Zip developers is still pending and will be incorporated into fman as soon as it is out.
- Fixed several small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
- fman lets you customize your keyboard shortcuts via a settings file. It now gives more informative error messages when there is a mistake in the file.
May 8, 2018
Version 1.0.5 unfortunately broke the
May 8, 2018
fman now displays the native (Explorer) Properties
dialog for the selected files when you press
When fman exited because of an error, it could happen
that the next time you started it,
null://was displayed as the location:
fman now supports the Numpad keys
Insertfor deleting/selecting files.
For some commonly used key combinations that are not
bound by default, fman suggests options. For instance,
when you press
- There was a bug where fman froze when you uninstalled a plugin while being inside the plugin's installation folder. This is now fixed.
May 2, 2018
On Windows, when you tried to move a single file to the
recycle bin that was currently in use, fman used to
display the following dialog:
Invalid argumentis not a meaningful reason. Second, there is no point in asking the user if (s)he wants to continue if only one file is being deleted. The dialog was reworked so it now looks as follows:
kindly pointed out
that fman's way of launching the Terminal on Windows
when you press
F9posed a security risk. This is now fixed.
When the directory you were in was deleted outside of
fman, an ugly error was shown:
- Fixed a few small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
You can invoke fman via the
This lets you optionally supply the directories which
fman should display. For instance:
fman /path/to/my/directoryPreviously, fman would quietly open your home directory when you supplied an invalid path on the command line. Now, you get a message informing you that something went wrong:
fman remembers the sort order of your directories. For
example, if you sort your
Downloadsfolder by the
Modifiedcolumn and then visit it again, that sort order is preserved. There was a bug however, where the sort indicator was drawn on the
Namecolumn even though the files were sorted differently. This is now fixed.
April 27, 2018
A user did not know that
Backspacegoes up a directory. He used
Cmd/Alt+Leftinstead to go back in history. This did not select the directory you just came from: When you went "back" from
Windowsfolder was not selected. Now it is.
- Managed to make displaying folders with several thousand files a few more hundred milliseconds faster.
fman was unable to copy files to the root of drives
/on Mac/Linux). This was most visible when copying files to a removable drive:
On Windows, renaming with
Shift+F6cut off underscores
_in the file name:
- Improved the error reporting for custom file system implementations, so plugin developers can more easily figure out what's going on.
- A few small stability improvements.
April 24, 2018
fman now has an
Open Withcommand! This has been the fifth most-requested feature for a while. For more details, please see today's blog post.
- On Windows, fman had trouble opening files with spaces in their name. This is now fixed.
Users who upgraded from very old versions of fman saw an
- On some users' systems, fman did not display the contents of Zip files whose members contained Unicode characters in their file names. This too is now fixed.
- fman features multiple (as it calls them) Quicksearch dialogs. The most prominent is GoTo: It is now possible to click on the suggestions in this dialog with the mouse.
April 20, 2018
- Several users saw error messages mentioning the Name column. This is now fixed.
Creating a file with a
%sign in the name produced an error. This too is now fixed.
On Windows, opening a file whose name contains an
&resulted in an error:
fman now shows a nicer dialog when files can't be
April 19, 2018
- fman now opens folders ten times faster than version 0.9.8!
The "create new folder" dialog is now pre-filled with
the name of the file/folder currently under the cursor:
On Mac, fman's installer used to show the Applications
icon on the left and fman's icon on the right:
fman features a
that (among other things) lets you implement custom file
systems such as
Dropbox. Some file systems such
actually display local files. In previous versions, it
was not possible to open these files while within the
custom file system. Now, it is possible. This will be
useful for instance when a
search://file system is implemented where you can then simply open files from the respective search result.
- Added new API function resolve(...) to implement the previous point.
fman didn't correctly sort files with a number in the
name in relation to files without one. For example,
- Fixed a bug affecting the Move command in conjunction with folders.
- On Ubuntu, deleted files did appear in the Trash, but could not be "restored" in the usual way. (You had to manually move them from the Trash to their previous location.) This bug is now fixed.
When you pressed
Cmd/Alt+Leftto go back in history immediately after starting fman, the empty location
null://was displayed. This is now fixed. (When you try to go back now in this case, simply nothing happens.)
March 29, 2018
The Tutorial entry in fman's Help menu on Mac
had no effect:
- fman sometimes didn't "see" all files in certain Zip files. This too is now fixed.
Improved support for the
MoveToTrashcommand on elementaryOS. In particular, you can now delete contents of your Keybase folder.
fman's API has a method
set_sort_column(...)that lets you change the sort order. This function takes a parameter for identifying which column you want to sort by. This used to be a number; For example,
set_sort_column(2)would sort by the third column. The parameter was changed to now be the name of the column:
set_sort_column('core.Modified'). The function
get_sort_column()was updated accordingly.
- Many small stability improvements.
- Several changes in preparation for significant performance improvements in fman 1.0.0.
March 20, 2018
fman now supports network shares on Windows!
When the directory you are in was deleted, fman went to
null://instead of the first existing parent directory. This is now fixed.
- fman didn't show the tutorial on first start. This too is now fixed.
- Fixed several behind-the-scenes exceptions.
March 15, 2018
Trying to open a file in a Zip archive resulted in an
When the user clicks the location bar, fman gives a hint
that (s)he should use
Ctrl/Cmd+Pinstead to launch the GoTo dialog. Improved the wording in this hint.
Added a new command
Cleanup guideto help new users clean up their files with fman:
March 13, 2018
- fman failed to display some file names with Unicode characters in Zip/7-Zip/Tar archives. This is now fixed.
- fman sometimes didn't display some directories in archives. This too is now fixed.
SortByColumncommand displayed the text
CommandWrapperthree times instead of the actual column names:
March 5, 2018
People have long asked for the address bars in fman to
be editable. After some discussion with users, we
settled on simply opening fman's GoTo dialog when you
MoveToTrashcommand on Windows had no effect. This is now fixed.
Simplified the process of installing license keys:
You can now simply open the license key file in fman and
it will automatically be installed
fman now displays a status message when you press
F11to copy a file's path to the clipboard:
March 2, 2018
- Some Mac users on early macOS versions were still experiencing crashes. This should now finally be fixed. Please see today's blog post for details.
February 28, 2018
Fixed an error affecting the
MoveToTrashcommand for some Windows users.
February 27, 2018
- The previous version 0.9.1 failed to start on some Mac users' systems. This is now fixed. Unfortunately, the only solution was to downgrade fman's Python version to 3.5 again.
fman now supports the very ubiquitous shortcut
Alt/Cmd+↑for going to the parent directory.
February 26, 2018
Improved fman's command for opening files (ie. what
happens when you press
Enter) to support Cryptomator vaults / drives on Windows.
On Mac, when you open fman's menu while a dialog such as
the splash screen is open, the
Quit fmanentry is disabled:
Cmd+Qfor fman no longer worked.
The problem is likely caused by a bug in the Qt framework, which fman uses to display its GUI. As a first step towards fixing it, some logic was added so that at least the shortcut
On Mac, when you drag a file from Finder into fman, the
file should be moved. Instead, since version 0.7.2, fman
asked where you wanted to copy the file:
InstallPlugincommand did not work on some users' macOS systems. (It gave an error
TLSV1_ALERT_PROTOCOL_VERSION.) This is now fixed.
fman's Python version was updated from 3.5 to 3.6.
This in particular fixes the previous bug, and the next
one below. But, as an unfortunate consequence, previous
versions of the
stop working with
ImportError: cannot import name '_psutil_osx'. If you have this plugin installed, please re-install it.
fman now supports BoxCryptor virtual drives. It had
previously raised a
FileNotFoundErrorwhen you tried to navigate to them.
February 21, 2018
The Name column didn't take numbers in file names into
account. For example, a file called
2.csvwas sorted below
Since version 0.7.0, fman features
Packcommand. The problem was, it didn't appear when you entered
7zin the Command Palette:
Quitcommand froze fman on Windows. This is now fixed.
February 7, 2018
Consider two directories,
target, with the following contents: Previously, when you tried to copy or move
sourceover the folder with the same name in
target, you received the following error:
February 5, 2018
On Mac, the shortcut
Cmd+Mcommonly minimizes applications. This didn't work for fman. Now it does:
- When you purchase a license, you receive a license key file. fman now more gracefully handles the case when this file gets corrupted somehow.
Since version 0.7.0, fman cleverly
resizes columns to fit their contents. The logic
responsible for this didn't consider the case when the
column header required more space than the column's
contents. This lead to the headers sometimes being cut
- fman's built-in command for reloading plugins has been broken since last week's release. This is now fixed.
Added several helpful error messages for plugin
developers who implement
custom file systems.
The idea is to identify common points of confusion and
give helpful advice in each case. Here is an example:
- Fixed a few small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
January 29, 2018
- fman's new file system API is out! See today's blog post for an example.
The API function
now uses fully qualified names
core.Nameinstead of just
Since version 0.7.7, fman selected
only the file name without extension in various dialogs.
This first implementation however didn't handle file
names containing a dot well. For instance, if the file
fman 0.8.7.zip, then only "fman 0" was selected:
Improved the signature of the
get_tab_completionparameter in the show_quicksearch(...) API function.
On Windows, opening a
.batfile with fman did not run the file in the correct directory. (To be precise, it was run in the context of fman's installation directory instead of its containing directory.) This is now fixed so running
.batfiles should work as expected again.
January 23, 2018
xdg-openis the default tool for opening files and directories with the respectively associated application. In particular, passing a folder to
xdg-openopens it in your configured native file manager.
A user complained that fman fails to open the native file manager on Ubuntu MATE. fman now calls upon
xdg-opento fix this problem.
- Similarly to the previous point, fman now also respects more Linux distribution's settings for the default Terminal app.
- Also on Linux, fman failed to launch Qt-based applications such as VLC. So for instance when you pressed Enter on a movie, the VLC icon would appear but the movie would never be played. This too is now fixed.
- Several improvements to the (as yet unpublished) new file system API. Using it, it's already possible to write a plugin for managing the programs running on your computer. Or a (very basic) SFTP plugin. What's great is how little code is required to write such plugins (~100 and 75 lines, respectively).
- Fixed a few small behind-the-scenes exceptions, for instance to do with the sorting of files.
January 10, 2018
When you start fman, it re-opens the directories you
had hopen in the last session. When one of the
directories was removed and you started fman, you
received an ugly error message in recent versions:
- Drag and drop was broken since version 0.8.3 from two days ago. This is now fixed.
- Made several small improvements to the built-in tutorial.
drives://file system on Windows was displaying drive URLs instead of names:
- Several other small behind-the-scenes bug fixes and stability improvements.
January 8, 2018
- Unfortunately, the update mechanism on Mac was broken in fman 0.8.2 and 0.8.3. This release fixes the problem. If you are on one of the two affected versions, please download and re-install fman. Sorry for the inconvenience.
January 8, 2018
- fman now remembers the sort settings for each folder you visit. This has been among the top 10 most-requested features for a while! Great it's finally here.
Added a new command
SortByColumnthat lets you change the sort order of files/directories by keyboard. You can invoke it with
Ctrl/Cmd + F1/F2/F3(to sort by the first, second or third column, respectively). Or via the Command Palette. In the latter case, it presents you with a searchable list of available columns:
The shortcut for the new
SortByColumncommand on Mac is
Cmd+F1. The reason for this is that fman's shortcuts on Mac try to mimic those on other OSs by replacing
Cmd. So, because the shortcut for sorting by for example the first column is
Ctrl+F1on Windows on Linux, it should be
Cmd+F1used to be bound to opening your
/Volumesfolder. Because of this conflict, the
/Volumesshortcut was changed to
Alt+F1(which is also the same on Windows and Linux). If you don't like this default, please see here to change it.
As usual, the
SortByColumncommand is implemented in fman using its own API. Several methods where added to the DirectoryPane class to implement the feature:
now remembers which command you last entered and
automatically selects it the next time. This is very
useful when you have to run the same command several
times in a row (such as for instance when reloading
On startup, fman used to load the left directory, and
only then the right one. For slow file systems, this
lead to you having to wait for the left folder to load
until you could interact with the right one:
The Arrow keys
Rightare by default not bound to any command. When you press them, fman asks what you want to do and offers relevant suggestions. If you indicate that you pressed the Arrow key to switch to the other pane, fman used to say:
Tabkey behaviour. The dialog was updated to reflect this:
A Linux user
pointed out that the command
F10for opening the native file manager does not work out of the box on Ubuntu MATE:
- Fixed several behind-the-scenes exceptions.
Made a small performance improvement for listing the
contents of directories. This required changing the API
fman.fs.is_dir(...)slightly: Previously, it returned
Falsewhen a directory doesn't exist. Now, it raises a
- Made several changes in preparation for an upcoming API that lets you implement your own file systems.
December 31, 2017
fman failed to start on Arch Linux. The associated error
/opt/fman/fman: relocation error: /opt/fman/PyQt5/Qt/plugins/imageformats/libqico.so: symbol _ZdlPvm, version Qt_5 not defined in file libQt5Core.so.5 with link time referenceThis is now fixed.
A first-time fman (and since licensed) user found it
confusing that the
Tabshortcut for switching panes is not displayed in the Command Palette. Now it is:
A user asked to be able to switch panes not with
Tabbut with the Arrow keys. A plugin was written to allow this.
Another user asked for the drive names to be displayed
on Windows. Here's what it looked like before:
Opening a directory for which you do not have
permissions raised an ugly error. For instance, for
C:\System Volume Informationon Windows:
December 29, 2017
The Size column displayed file sizes less than 1 KB
as "123 bytes":
- Another licensed user complained that fman kept crashing on Mac. The crash occurred in the Sparkle framework, which fman uses to update itself. The library was updated to the latest version. Hopefully this will fix the problem.
December 29, 2017
- The new build process resulted in a failed release. This is now fixed.
December 29, 2017
fman now reloads the current directories every time its
window (re-)gains focus. This keeps them even more
up-to-date, for example when you create a file with
Shift+F4and write some contents into it.
- Work has begun on open sourcing fman's build process. This is the first release that uses the new open source library. As a result, it updates fman's (Py)Qt version from 5.6.2 to 5.9.2.
December 14, 2017
Added support for
- Hugely improved the performance of all archive-related features.
fman now treats
.xpifiles as Zip archives.
fman previously didn't recognise archives with an
upper-case extension (eg.
.zip). This works now.
When you extracted a file from a Zip archive on Windows,
and chose to overwrite an existing file, an error
The previous version inadvertently changed the
formatting of the label in (eg.) the Copy and Move
dialogs. You can even see this in the screenshot below:
December 12, 2017
Previously, in dialogs prompting you to enter a file
path, the entire path was selected:
Similarly to the previous point, when you rename a file
Shift+F6, fman now only selects the file name without the extension:
- Fixed a few further small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
December 9, 2017
InstallPlugincommand for installing plugins was broken for first-time users. This is now fixed.
- Fixed a small behind-the-scenes exception.
December 7, 2017
- The Zip functionality on Mac did not work because of a wrong binary file. Hopefully it should work now.
- The last version introduced a regression on Mac where opening fman again when it was already running would not bring its (existing) window to the foreground. This is now fixed again.
- There was an unnecessary "command" in the Command Palette: This implementation artifact now no longer appears.
- A few tiny and non-breaking improvements to the API.
December 5, 2017
- Since release 0.7.0, fman failed to start on Ubuntu versions < 16.04. This is now fixed.
- Some Mac users were unable to use fman's new Zip functionality (Zip files appeared empty, Packing files resulted in an error). This should now hopefully be fixed.
- When going up to the parent directory, the cursor briefly appeared on the first folder in the parent dir before being placed at the (child) directory you came from. This unnecessary flickering effect is now avoided.
InstallPlugincommand for installing plugins did not properly extract executable files in the respective plugin. (It failed to set the executable bit on Mac and Linux, which lead to the plugin not being able to run its own executables). This is now fixed.
December 4, 2017
Version 0.7.0 introduced a feature that cleverly resizes
columns (Name, Modified etc.) to fit their contents.
There was a bug that lead to the scrollbar obscuring the
contents of the last column:
The "cleverly resize columns" feature had another bug
where the last column was sometimes hidden in a folder
with very long file names (note how the
Modifiedcolumn is hardly visible):
- fman sometimes didn't notice when a directory's contents were changed (eg. by the MoveToDir plugin). It now reloads directories every time you enter them to work around this.
- Several small behind-the-scenes exceptions were fixed.
December 1, 2017
fman did not declare the (new) required dependency
p7zipon Arch Linux. This lead to an error when you tried to run the new
The very first time you launched GoTo on Linux, you
received an ugly error message:
On some Linux systems, the new
Packcommand failed with an error
invalid cross-device link. The problem was very well-explained and pinpointed by a user on fman's issue tracker. This bug is now fixed.
complained that fman sometimes
Visited Paths.json, the file which stores the folders you visit most often for the
GoTocommand. It is likely that this was a concurrency issue and should now hopefully be fixed.
Sometimes you got an error when using the new
Reloadcommand to refresh the current pane. This, too shold now be fixed.
It's now possible to drag a file from inside a Zip file
to a normal folder inside fman. Previously, "nothing"
happened. You had to use the keyboard (with the
- Fixed several small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
November 30, 2017
Reloadcommand for refreshing the current directory. You can invoke it with
Ctrl+Ron Windows and Linux, and
Since the previous version 0.7.0, fman's
Shift+F6) let you brutally overwrite files:
- fman normally notices external changes to files (eg. when a file is created outside of fman) and updates its UI accordingly. This did not work properly for file attributes. It should now be better.
- fman was unable to zip files on non-NTFS drives on Windows. This is now fixed.
which lets you navigate in fman with the Arrow keys
lead to an ugly error every time you opened a directory:
November 29, 2017
Packcommand lets you create Zip archives:
Zip archives are now treated as if they were folders.
Just press Enter to open and navigate through them:
- fman's columns now automatically resize when you enter a directory or resize fman's window. This was requested by several users on fman's issue tracker.
When you execute the
Alt+F1) command on Windows, you are now taken to a new
drives://file system that lists your drives.
- fman now prevents you from copying/moving a file to itself.
- On Mac, there was a bug where renaming a file briefly displayed two files (one with the old name, one with the new). This is now fixed.
Zencommand was updated to reflect fman's new Zen.
Remove Plugincommand which lets you uninstall plugins can now also remove plugins that could not be loaded. This is important because the new version of fman introduces some breaking API changes and you might want to uninstall the broken plugins.
- Many other small improvements. In all, 318 commits were made to fman's source code since the last release.
September 29, 2017
Since version 0.6.5,
GoTo on Steroids
~to the absolute path to your home directory: This was unintentional because it takes up a lot of space. Now, as before,
A licensed user complained that when the file name
column is too narrow, there is no way to see the entire
To solve this, fman now displays a tooltip for the file name column. To keep the UI clean, this only happens when the column is actually too narrow to contain the name:
- Previously, starting the tutorial multiple times in the same fman session lead to errors and unexpected behaviour. This is now fixed.
- A few other small bug fixes and behind-the-scenes improvements.
September 29, 2017
fman displays suggestions for some common non-existent
- The tutorial asks the user to pick an example directory at the start. The directory is then used throughout the tutorial. On Windows, fman did not properly handle the case where the folder was on a different drive. This is now fixed.
via CSS files. Up until now, it did not give any
indication if the user had made an error in his custom
CSS file. Now, fman presents a nice error dialog:
September 27, 2017
- Several small improvements / bug fixes for the tutorial.
September 27, 2017
- Made the tutorial easier to follow.
fman now remembers the splitter location across runs:
On Ubuntu 17, fman displayed the Welcome screen anew
every time you minimised and then restored the window:
September 21, 2017
- fman's tutorial was significantly expanded to better onboard new users.
- Fixed a small bug where when starting fman, always the right pane (instead of the left pane) had focus.
- GoTo on Steroids previously did not support typing the absolute path to your home directory: This is now fixed: It was necessary for the new tutorial.
September 14, 2017
- fman's command for installing plugins only displayed 30 plugins. As of last week, there are 31 plugins available for fman. Fixed the command so it displays all plugins.
Reloading / installing plugins sometimes caused an
August 25, 2017
- Fixed a bug affecting the DeletePermanently command on Windows.
On Windows, when you used GoTo to manually navigate to a
drive letter such as
D:without a trailing backslash, fman ended up in an inconsistent state where subsequent copy operations to that drive failed. Fixed this.
- When you typed a drive letter without a trailing backslash into GoTo on Windows, it previously did not suggest directories beneath that drive (unless you had visited them before): Now, fman does suggest directories on that drive, saving you one key stroke (yay!):
August 23, 2017
fman now integrates with Windows Explorer's context
- fman's command line now lets you pass files in addition to directories. When you supply a file, fman opens its containing directory and places the cursor at the file.
- Fixed several small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
August 22, 2017
A user requested a Help menu showing at least the
shortcuts for the builtin Help command (
F1) and the Command Palette (
Cmd+Shift+P). Because several people voted for this feature on fman's issue tracker, it was now implemented:
- Plugin developers previously had to restart fman to test changes to their plugins. This quickly got tedious. Several people thus requested a feature that lets you reload plugins without having to restart fman. The feature is now implemented. You can invoke it via the Command Palette (and/or define a shortcut for it): This gives you much faster feedback when developing plugins. When a user heard that the feature would be released soon, he wrote "I'm super excited now! :D" :}
August 21, 2017
- On Windows, when you were at C:\ and pressed Backspace (the default shortcut for going up a directory), the cursor disappeared. This bug is now fixed.
- When you started to rename a file with Shift+F6, but then pressed Enter without having changed the name, the file was opened. This bug is now fixed as well.
August 18, 2017
Installing plugins previously required restarting fman:
fman now loads newly installed plugins immediately, without requiring a restart. As a result, it now displays the following message:
August 14, 2017
On Ubuntu 17.04, fman failed to start with an ugly error
Traceback (most recent call last): File "fman/main.py", line 1, inThis is now fixed and fman starts again.
File "[...]/PyInstaller/loader/pyimod03_importers.py", line 389, in load_module File "fman/__init__.py", line 1, in File "[...]/PyInstaller/loader/pyimod03_importers.py", line 389, in load_module File "fman/clipboard.py", line 2, in File "[...]/PyInstaller/loader/pyimod03_importers.py", line 389, in load_module File "fman/util/qt.py", line 3, in File "[...]/PyInstaller/loader/pyimod03_importers.py", line 573, in load_module ImportError: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory Failed to execute script main
July 21, 2017
When you install a plugin with the built-in command
"Install plugin", you used to get the following message:
July 19, 2017
Added a hopefully helpful dialog that pops up when the
user presses a non-existent shortcut:
July 18, 2017
The main way to browse fman's features is the
The problem was that many commands were listed there
under very non-intuitive names. The worst offender of
this was probably creating and editing a file, for which
you had to type
Open with editor:
Create folderin the above screenshot is another example: Previously, it was only possible to find it under
Create directory. Now you can search for
When fman's window lost focus, the file cursor
- Several users got stuck at steps 2 and 4 of the tutorial. The wording was improved to hopefully prevent this.
July 13, 2017
- Small bug fix for Arch Linux.
July 11, 2017
- fman's Arch Linux package was broken. The new release fixes this.
Added a new command
DeletePermanently, which erases files immediately instead of putting them to the Trash / Recycle Bin. It loudly warns you that this action is irreversible:
Shift+Delete. The main advantage of this way of deleting files is that it is much quicker.
- GoTo on Steroids now lets you paste in a file path. When you do, fman jumps to the containing directory and places the cursor at the file.
F11, which copies the path of the selected file(s) to
the clipboard, used to use
/as the path separator on Windows:
C:/a/b. It now uses the more appropriate backslash:
C:\a\b. This makes the copied paths better suited for pasting into the Windows command prompt.
- Improved the layout on High DPI displays.
June 14, 2017
In previous versions, fman only reported some of the errors caused
by plugins. This made plugin development difficult (because plugin
developers did not get helpful error messages why something was not
working). Also, it probably lead to some plugin errors going
unnoticed entirely. fman now displays a dialog like the following:
- On Mac and Linux, fman now closes when you its invoke its executable from the command line and press Ctrl+C. This is in line with what Linux (and Mac users, to some extent) expect from an application.
- Fixed a few small bugs affecting the tutorial introduced in v0.5.0.
- Fixed a few small bugs affecting GoTo on Steroids.
- Fixed a few other small behind-the-scenes exceptions.
June 11, 2017
- Fix for a small bug affecting GoTo on Windows.
June 11, 2017
- fman now greets first-time users with a tutorial:
Tutorialinto the Command Palette.
- GoTo on Steroids only used to display folders you had already visited. This means that it wasn't very useful when you used fman for the first time. It is now much better at also recommending directories you have not visited before.
On Mac, it was not possible to close fman while one of the
Quicksearch dialogs (GoTo / Command Palette) was open. It's now at
least possible via
June 1, 2017
- fman on Mac now starts one second faster! For the background story, please see the associated post.
Trying to create a directory with F7 when it already existed
resulted in an ugly error:
May 30, 2017
- On macOS, fman sometimes crashed while starting. This was caused by a slightly non-conformant configuration of the Sparkle framework, which fman uses to update itself. The problem is now fixed.
May 22, 2017
On macOS, launching an app when it's already open puts it in the
foreground. This didn't work for fman because of a
in one of the libraries it uses. A fix for the bug was contributed
to the library to make fman work as expected.
This was the fourth-most requested improvement on fman's issue tracker, including by licensed users.
May 19, 2017
You can now press
⌘+Ito display the "Get Info" dialog on Mac:
May 17, 2017
fman failed to start for some users:
On Mac and Windows, when you typed
~/downloadsinto GoTo and pressed Enter (even though the correct casing would be
~/Downloads), fman created a duplicate entry in GoTo which was visible the next time you launched it: fman now realises that both paths actually refer to the same directory, and no longer displays the duplicate entry.
May 10, 2017
- Some Arch Linux users didn't like that automatic updates for fman were enabled by default. Automatic updates on Arch are now disabled by default. If you'd like to enable them, please follow the instructions here.
May 8, 2017
- fman now supports Arch Linux! For details, please see this post.
- Pressing the Home/End key on macOS while the GoTo dialog was open had an unintended effect: Instead of moving the cursor to the beginning or end of the text input field, the first or last item in the list of suggestions was selected. This is now fixed so that Home and End change the cursor position as on Linux and Windows.
April 26, 2017
- fman's GoTo dialogs had a noticeable delay of about 250ms every time you pressed a key. The rendering engine was rewritten to bring this down to 2ms. This 100x speed improvement makes GoTo much snappier.
fman had an unfinished implementation for gathering anonymous usage
statistics. It was never completed because the
got in the way. Now, there was finally time to do this. The next
time you start fman, it will ask whether you are willing to share
April 14, 2017
- Fixed a small bug where fman forgot the cursor position (ie. the "selected" file) when showing dialogs.
- Numpad Enter now behaves in the same way as "normal" Enter. Previously, pressing numpad Enter simply had no effect.
April 13, 2017
The API now gives you access to
the clipboard. For instance:
from fman import clipboard clipboard.set_text('Hello World!')This copies the text
Hello World!to the clipboard.
On Mac, fman used to show a "zoom in" animation for dialogs:
- Since the last release, commands are run in separate threads. This broke clipboard-related commands on Windows. They now work again.
April 4, 2017
- It's now possible to manage plugins inside fman! Please see this post.
- fman failed to start on Linux distributions not based on Gnome. This is now fixed.
macOS doesn't support "cutting" files. That is: It's not technically possible to place files on the clipboard in such a way that apps like Finder understand that the files are meant to be moved and not copied when the users pastes. It's why you have to press
⌘-⌥-Vto move files in Finder.
fman now displays a message explaining this when you press
- Plugins are now run in separate threads to keep fman more responsive.
March 29, 2017
ApplicationCommandto fman's API. A blog post explains why.
- fman failed to launch on Ubuntu 16.10. This is now fixed.
- Choosing the F4 editor on Linux raised an error. Fixed.
- fman failed to start on some users' macOS 10.10. Fixed.
Some Windows users received error message "Failed to execute script
pyi_rth_qt5plugins" when trying to start fman:
api-ms-win-crt-multibyte-l1-1-0.dll). Finally, the bug should be fixed!
March 24, 2017
- On Mac, fman sometimes crashed while closing. This was caused by a bug in the Qt framework. fman's Qt version was updated to fix the issue.
There is now a Deselect command for clearing the
selection. You can invoke it with
Ctrl + D(
Cmd + Don Mac).
- fman's Python version was updated to 3.5. This fixes a potential Python bug and lets plugins use the latest language features.
The command for deleting files used to ask "Do you want to move ...
to the recycle bin?"
March 19, 2017
You can now go back and forth in your history of visited folders
Cmd/Alt + Left/Right.
It has been possible for a while to show/hide hidden files via
Ctrl/Cmd + .. Now, fman also remembers this setting across restarts.
fman now displays an unobtrosive notification in the status bar when
it was updated:
- Added a command for quickly opening the data directory. You can run it from the Command Palette:
An About command was added that displays fman's version and
Zen of fman
is a list of fman's core values. It's inspired by an easter egg in
import this. fman now also includes its easter egg, in the form of a new command called "Zen of fman":
In fman's API, the class
DirectoryPanehad a property
.id. It was unnecessary, so it was removed. This breaks the plugin StatusBarExtended. A PR was created with a fix (and already merged by the plugin author).
March 17, 2017
- It's now possible to configure the font size and family. Please see this page for details.
- When asking whether to overwrite a file, fman prompted "do you want to override the file?". This English language mistake was kindly pointed out by a user and is now fixed.
March 16, 2017
- On Linux, opening executable files with Enter had no effect. Fixed this.
Added new constant
FMAN_VERSIONto fman's plugin API. This is already used by the user-contributed plugin VersionInfo to display (among other things) fman's version:
On some Linux distributions, opening the terminal via F9 showed an
LD_LIBRARY_PATHon to child processes (in this instance the terminal). It no longer does this. Also, libtinfo.so.5 was removed from fman because most Linux distributions have it anyways and this reduces potential incompatibilities.
March 13, 2017
Copy and Move (i.e. F5/F6) now support relative paths. For instance,
you can use
..to move a file to the parent directory:
When you renamed a folder (say)
Backups, fman used to ask "Backups already exists. Do you want to override it?":
- You can now disable automatic updates. More information here.
March 9, 2017
Several licensed users didn't want their email to be shown in the
title bar. For instance, they sometimes record screencasts and don't
want everybody to see their address:
Version 0.3.2 adds a command
Install license keyfor installing a license key. This displays a nice message on success:
There was a bug on Linux: Pressing
Ctrl+Qto close fman didn't save the directories your were in for the next session. This is now fixed.
fman on Linux used to include the file
libreadline.so.6. In some cases, fman's version of this file was not compatible with other libraries on the user's system. The fix was to simply not ship the file with fman. This way, the user's own copy of the file gets used, which is guaranteed to be compatible with the user's other libraries.
- The first time you press F4 to edit a file, fman prompts you to select the application to use as an editor. fman didn't properly handle the case where you cancel that dialog, resulting in an error the next time you tried to edit a file. This is now fixed.
March 6, 2017
- On Linux, fman used to install an auto-update cron job that checks for new versions once a day. Linux users do want to be able to update, but criticised that fman forced the schedule of "once a day" upon them. fman now lets Linux users choose the update interval. For more information, see this post.