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

MC Dependencies


GLib-1.2.10 or GLib-2.6.4


GPM-1.20.1, X (XFree86-4.5.0 or, Samba-3.0.14a, slang-1.4.9, Zip-2.31, UnZip-5.52 and GNOME Libraries-1.4.2

Installation of MC

Install MC by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

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.


Installed Programs: mc, mcedit, mcmfmt, and mcview
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/mc and /usr/lib/mc

Short Descriptions


is a visual shell.


is an internal file editor.


is an internal file viewer.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600