Ranger is quickly becoming one of my most used tools. I just love the vim-inspired commands and extensibility. Ranger runs in a terminal and is fantastic. You can read av very short review on the blog Idea Machine. Ranger is developed using python and you need the make-tool to install properly. Ranger works quite well whithout installing but I find it a bit faster and better integrated in the environment after install. To get “make” on mac you need the xcode giganourmos developer pack installed. You can download appropriate version here: https://developer.apple.com/xcode/.
Download ranger from http://ranger.nongnu.org/
Install by running “make install:” in extraction folder. After install generate the config files (for tweaking) by running ” ranger –copy-config” you will generate a set of config files placed in the folder ~/.config/ranger
I have done the following modifications to them:
The file “options.py”:
# Which colorscheme to use? These colorschemes are available by default: 49 # default, default88, jungle, snow 50 # Snow is monochrome and default88 uses 88 colors. 51 #colorscheme = 'default' 52 colorscheme = 'default88'
The file rc.conf I added the following mappings to the default ones:
map DD shell trash %s 366 map shf set show_hidden=False 367 map sht set show_hidden=True 368 map vi shell mvim %s 369 map oo shell open %s 370 map DD shell rm -r %s 371 map cd console mkdir 372 map mv console shell mv %s
When ranger is installed I recommend you using the “deafult88” color theme instead of the default “default”
The default colortheme quite hard on the eyes especially the yellow for selections.
The “default88” is a much more readable colorscheme.
“default88” is a 256-color colortheme so you need a terminal with a 256-color mode. The default Terminal app works if you are using Lion but if youre on a Snow Leapoard or earlier you need to get the iterm terminal. You can download iterm here: http://www.iterm2.com/#/section/home
Once installed change color mode like this:
Using ranger is a pure treat, especially the excellent tab (new tab gn, switch tab gt) makes me realize that dual pane file managers aren’t a must… The man page for ranger is available online: http://ranger.nongnu.org/ranger.1.html
So huge cudos to the guys creating this tool and making it Open Source!