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.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.0 platform.

Package Information

MC Dependencies


GLib-2.60.6 and PCRE-8.43



Doxygen-1.8.16, GPM-1.20.7, Samba-4.10.7, UnZip-6.0, X Window System, and Zip-3.0

User Notes:

Installation of MC

Install MC by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --enable-charset &&

To test the results, issue: make check. One test concerning rpm files fails.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
cp -v doc/keybind-migration.txt /usr/share/mc

Command Explanations

--sysconfdir=/etc: This switch places the global configureation directory in /etc.

--enable-charset: This switch adds support to mcedit for editing files in encodings different from the one implied by the current locale.

Configuring MC

Config Files


Configuration Information

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



On 8.x versions of mc, keybind names used in mc.keymap.* files are changed. This is described in keybind-migration.txt.


Installed Programs: mc and the symlinks mcdiff, mcedit and mcview
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/mc and /usr/{libexec,share}/mc

Short Descriptions


is used internally by mc for saving and restoring the text behind the panels on Linux text console.


is a visual shell.


is an internal visual diff tool.


is an internal file editor.


is an internal file viewer.

Last updated on 2019-08-21 14:47:54 -0700