How To Install Midnight Commander 4.8.10 On Jolla’s Sailfish OS

Hello Jolla Enthusiasts. As you may know, MC (Midnight Commander) is a popular text-mode file manager, used on many Linux and Unix systems. While it has the features of the modern file managers, it provides a clear-user-friendly interface, very appreciated by the command line users.

The latest version available for Jolla’s Sailfish OS is MC 4.8.10.

In this article I will show you how to install Midnight Commander (MC) 4.8.10 on Jolla’s first Sailfish OS based smartphone.

There are two installation methods, one from the GUI and one from the command line interface. I like the terminal method better, because I find it easier to update the apps, this was. And because I am a CLI Linux maniac. : )

Installation method 1: From the GUI.

Since MC is available via OpenRepos.net, you can easily download the app and install it directly from the file manager.

Download MC 4.8.10

Installation method 2: In the geek way, via zypper.

Since Sailfish OS is pure openSUSE, you have to switch to developer mode, install zypper, add the repository and key, update the system and install MC. Like this:

# pkcon install zypper
# zypper ar -f http://sailfish.openrepos.net/nieldk/personal-main.repo
# rpm --import http://sailfish.openrepos.net/openrepos.key
# zypper refresh
# zypper install mc

To uninstall MC, you have to install zypper (if you haven’t installed it already) and uninstall the app via zypper :

# pkcon install zypper
# zypper remove mc

For those who don’t know yet, Jolla is a project developed by former Nokia employees. The first Jolla smartphone is running on Sailfish OS, a modified Megoo Linux system, which is Android compatible, uses Wayland as the default display server , uses Nokia N9′s Maliit touchscreen keyboard and comes with interchangeable covers, allowing the users to easily switch them, in order to change the color/model of the phone and comes with impressive hardware specifications. Apps can be installed via the Jolla Store, which will provide both Jolla and Android apps, or via F-Droid, Yandex Store, Amazon App Store, Aptoide and 1Mobile Android Market.

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