Midnight Commander 4.7.0 OSX

GNU Midnight Commander (also referred to as MC) is a user shell with text-mode full-screen interface. It can be run on the OS console, in xterm and other terminal emulators.

GNU Midnight Commander allows you to manage files while making most of you screen and giving you a clear representation of the filesystem, yet it’s simple enough to be run over a telnet or ssh session.


Universal binary built (without source code modification) and linked with following libraries:

  • gettext v0.17
  • glib v2.21.6
  • pkg-config v0.23

Configured with options: –disable-dependency-tracking –disable-shared –with-screen=ncurses –with-vfs –enable-vfs-mcfs –with-edit –without-x –with-subshell –enable-charset –enable-extcharset –enable-background –enable-netcode

This release requires Mac OSX X 10.4 or newer, and tested on 10.5 Leopard PPC and 10.6 Snow Leopard INTEL.

Download installer package: mc-4.7.0-bin-osx-universal.zip

See other OSX versions: MC

Source: www.midnight-commander.org

Version 4.7.0

Major changes since 4.6.2


* Native UTF-8 support;
* Scalable TUI;
* Added support for skins;
* Added support for key bindings;
* Added the ability to sort files by mouse click on column header;
* Added keybindings to change files sorting order via shortcuts
(PanelSelectSortOrder, PanelToggleSortOrderPrev, PanelToggleSortOrderNext,
PanelReverseSort, PanelSortOrderByName, PanelSortOrderByExt,
PanelSortOrderBySize, PanelSortOrderByMTime);
* Now the indicator of the sorting type and sorting direction is always
drawn on the panel header (sorting direction indicator is drawn near the
current column in the long file list mode only);
* Skin files: added new parameters ‘sort-sign-up’ and ‘sort-sign-down’ in
the section ‘[widget-common]’ to change the indicator of the sorting order
* Added option ‘extensions_case’ to the filehighlight.ini file;
* Menu engine was reimplemented:
1) now the menu is built dynamically
2) the shortcut displayed in the menu item is not a part of the menu item
text and it is synchronized with the keybindings defined in mc.keymap
* Removed own popt stuff (command line options parser), now using glib parser
* Added filename highlighting in the panels
* Copy/Move overwrite query dialog is more friendly to the long file names;
* On the first run the find file dialog now contains latest item from history;
* Charset support enabled by default (–enable-charset option);
* Added cyclic menu navigation;
* Changed the behavior of C-space: now it calculate size on “..”,
and for selected dirs if there are any;
* New find file option: find only first hit in file (make search faster);
* New find file option: whole words (find whole words only);
* Support for the filename charset selection in panels;
* Reworked ‘Find File’ dialog;
* New unified search/replace engine with multiple search types: plain,
wildcard, regexp and hex;
* Extended ‘Learn Keys’ capability;
* Locale-based codepage autodetection;
* Initial support for Doxygen generated docs;
* Build system updates (autoconf);
* Translation updates;
* Multiple x86_64 fixes.


* Fixed viewing the *.tar files with a colon in the name;
* Now ‘exit’ command on non-local filesystems is allowed;
* Added partial support for Microsoft CAB archives;
* Added support for *.ico files;
* Added support for *.djvu files;
* Fixed segfaults in various cases while browsing various VFSs;
* Fixed warnings when file is copied inside the archive;
* Fixed the recognition of the *.tar.xz archives;
* Added the recognition of the lzma archives by extension;
* Added support for IPv6 protocol in FTPFS;
* Updated extfs/iso9660 to support Joliet “UCS level 1”.


* Added scrolled percentage in status bar (only in “simple statusbar” mode);
* Fixed misbehaving rectangular selection in the editor (when selecting from
right to left and/or bottom to top) (#1553);
* Split editor menu ‘Command’ to ‘Command’ and ‘Format’;
* Added option ‘Check POSIX new line’ into ‘Save mode…’ dialog, add notifi-
cation before save when no newline at EOF (#46);
* Added keybindings (‘EditShiftBlockLeft’, ‘EditShiftBlockRight’) for shift
* Fixed incorrect drawing CJK (double width) characters;
* Enhanced ‘Save as’ dialog by allowing to select the line breaks type:
Windows/UNIX/Mac (CR LF/LF/CR);
* Updated syntax highlighting for VerilogHDL, Shell script, mail, html;
* Added syntax highlighting for yum *.repo files, pacman’s PKGBUILD and
.install files, erlang, ebuild, named, strace, j;
* New search/replace flag added “In selection”;
* New hotkeys for bookmarks, now bookmark is displayed in status line and editor;
* New cursor behavior: option “Cursor beyond end of line” allows moving the cursor
beyond the end of line.
* Various editor enhancements (mark/move/copy/paste vertical blocks);
* Source code navigation through ctags/etags TAGS files;
* New option: ‘Persistent selection’;
* Delete/Backspace deletes selected block if ‘Persistent selection’ is off;
* Ability to shift blocks to the right with Tab key and to the left with
Complete key if ‘Persistent selection’ is off;
* Show line numbers (optional);
* Highlighting of tabs and trailing spaces (optional);
* Added some hotkeys.


* Fixed tabs alignment (#1664);
* Fixed view of next/prev file (#1750);
* Fixed showing Windows/Mac (CR LF/CR) line terminator;
* Reworked to improve the performance;
* Implemented interruptible long-distance movements;
* Splitted src/view.[ch] into many files in src/viewer/ subdir to simplify
the support of the codebase;
* Fixed building of the format string at runtime (for better i18n);
* Added ‘Whole words’ option to the viewer ‘Search’ dialog.


* Shared clipboard for the mc editor, form fields, panel and command prompt;
* Refactoring: now all filename constants are placed in src/fileloc.h file;
* Testing & development: added ability for change user config dir. For
example, type make CFLAGS=’-DMC_USERCONF_DIR=\”.mc2\”‘;
* Changed Alt+Backspace behavior in command line;
* Hotlist: support for the environment variables ($HOME, ~username, etc.);
* Hotlist: support for the completion in path input;
* All list widgets: support for the fast navigation by number keys (i.e. 1 –
first list item, 2 – second item etc.);
* New option mouse_close_dialog, if mouse_close_dialog=1 clicking outside
of the dialog closes them;
* New: SI-based size display;
* Shared history for find file, editor search/replace, viewer;
* Show free space on the current file system;
* Show size of the selected files in the mini-status bar.


* Fixed broken building under uclibc < 0.9.29;
* Autoindent regression;
* Viewer Hex editor regression;
* Incorrect indentation block when selecting with F3 + keys;
* Fixed ownership of the config files;
* Configure.ac: fixed broken option check ‘–disable-vfs-undelfs’;
* Learn keys: fixed incorrect save of keys configuration;
* Fixed bug with ‘The shell is already running a command’;
* Fixed ‘B’ artefact into OpenSuse root user console;
* Segfault on incorrect color pair in [Color] section;
* Incorrect position of panel codeset dialog;
* Limit file size display to 9 digits only;
* Lines drawing in -a stickchars mode (#1497);
* Segfault when you try to use non-anonymous FTP;
* Ctrl-O handling under GNU Screen in altscreen mode;
* Support for CP866 (IBM866) locale;
* Configure.ac: checking for minimal version of glib and exit if version
less than 2.6;
* Segfault by mouse wheel action in history list and menu (#1564);
* Fixed behavior of Meta+PgDn? in editor (#1598);
* Fixed behavior of the cursor movement by Ctrl+arrows when cursor is
beyond EOL;
* Fixed editor autocompletion;
* Fixed stealing the Kill Word shortcut by the Copy/Move dialog;
* Fixed autoconf issue when configure with –with-gpm-mouse option;
* Linking error with –enable-vfs-undelfs;
* External editor won’t open if there are spaces in EDITOR variable;
* C-c kill mc if mc built with –without-subshell option and is run
with -d option;
* Directory hotlist rendering;
* Segfault on empty replace string;
* Fixes for vfs/tarfs;
* Removed bashizm from vfs/extfs/u7z;
* Crash mc on create new file (Shift-F4) in external editor;
* File copy/move dialog: asterisks are now handled as search groups in the
in replacement field;
* VFS: Fixed SIGSERV (or heap corruption) on long filenames;
* Restore correct current directory after switching from the Info panel to
List panel;
* Fixed broken backwards search (#1496);
* Fixed uninitialized value for mouse event in in find.c#check_find_events()
* Fixed Ctrl+Z signal handling;
* Fixed incorrect prompt display;
* Fixed incorrect vertical selection (if status line is switched on);
* Fixed screen resize handle if mouse support is disabled;
* Fixed mouse support in ‘konsole-256color’ terminal;
* Fixed keycodes in ‘xterm-256color’ terminal;
* Fixed incorrect regexp search by content in ‘file find’ dialog;
* Fixed incorrect backwards search (#1558);
* Fixed incorrect detection of the compressed patchfs;
* Fixed incorrect detection of the codeset when codeset is
* Editor undo fixes;
* Upstreamed many fixes from the distributions (Debian, …);
* Fixed segfaults on fish permission checks;
* Fixed fish symlinks handling and fancy names escaping;
* Various mc.ext fixes;
* Command line completion fixes (mainly escaping);
* Small fixes in history handling (locale independent .mc/history entries);
* Code cleanups, various memleaks fixed (many thanks to valgrind).

11 thoughts on “Midnight Commander 4.7.0 OSX”

  1. Как запустить 4.7 после инсталляции? В Applications его нет, в терминале через “mc” тоже.

  2. Hi, I am new to mac and mc is one of my first applications installed on Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    Do F8-F10 keys work for you? For me they are still caught by OS rather by mc.
    Any solution?

  3. Szia !

    Ezt a verziódat használom, és elégedett vagyok vele, kivéve egy dolgot:
    Hiába akarom elmenteni a configot, elfelejti. Annak ellenére, hogy amikor rányomok hogy save setup, kiirja rendesen hogy elmentette. Az ini jogai rendben vannak, már kipóbáltam úgy is, hogy az inibe irom be közvetlen amit szeretnék, és úgy inditom az mc-t, de akkor se emészti meg. Kb mintha nem létezne az ini, vagyis inkább mintha nem olvasná be induláskor. Nem értem.. Ötlet?


  4. Jest grudzień 2018. Dzięki MC Snow Leopard jeszcze może posłużyć kilka lat.

    It’s December 2018. Thanks to MC Snow Leopard it can still be used for several years.

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