Qt-based applications #2: File managers (2/2)

In the last blog entry I tested 8 Qt-based file managers (those which I got to run on Arch Linux). Since that’s quite a bit of stuff, I’d like to present a nice table in this post for easier comparison.

Overall ranking

Here’s the table with the overall results. The file managers were compared in terms of 1. memory consumption (most important for me and thus weighted *3), 2. disk space used (weighted *2) and 3. size of packages to download:

Rank File manager Version
01 Dfilebrowser 1.1
02 ScOpe GIT20130121
03 QtFM 5.1
04 Dino 0.5
05 NewBreeze 1.1.1
06 Andromeda 0.2.1
07 Hamsi Manager 1.1
08 Dolphin 4.9.5

RAM usage

Here’s the table comparing memory use:

<250 MB 251 – 275 MB 276 – 300 MB > 300 MB
Rank File manager Version
01 Dfilebrowser 1.1 230 MB
02 ScOpe GIT20130121 233 MB
03 QtFM 5.1 236 MB
04 Dino 0.5 240 MB
05 NewBreeze 1.1.1 252 MB
06 Andromeda 0.2.1 260 MB
07 Hamsi Manager 1.1 305 MB
08 Dolphin 4.9.5 306 MB

Drive space needed

Here’s the drive space table:

<50 MB 50 – 100 MB 101 – 300 MB > 300 MB
Rank File Manager Version Disk space used
01 Dfilebrowser 1.1 +2 MB
02 Dino 0.5 +3 MB
02 QtFM 5.1 +3 MB
02 ScOpe GIT20130121 +3 MB
03 Andromeda 0.2.1 +64 MB
04 NewBreeze 1.1.1 +74 MB
05 Hamsi Manager 1.1 +295 MB
06 Dolphin 4.9.5 +598 MB

Download size

And the download size table:

<5 MB 6 – 25 MB 26 – 50 MB >50 MB
Rank File Manager Version size
01 Dfilebrowser 1.1 +70 KB
02 QtFM 5.1 +200 KB
03 ScOpe GIT20130121 +243 KB
04 Dino 0.5 +256 KB
05 NewBreeze 1.1.1 +528 KB
06 Andromeda 0.2.1 +13 MB
07 Hamsi Manager 1.1 +51 MB
08 Dolphin 4.9.5 +109 MB

Conclusion

Not too many surprises here. There are some light-weight file managers and a few which offer more features but are also much more heavy weight. Especially in terms of drive space needed and download size the light-weight ones are rather close to each other. Because of that the RAM comparison came out to be identical to the overall rating. Dfilebrowser is the clear winner in our comparison – it scored the first rank in all three categories. ScOpe and QtFM are doing very well, too. Hamsi Manager is a rather ressource heavy file manager and it’s not surprising either that KDE’s Dolphin is the most heavy of the tested applications.

What’s next?

The next entry will take a look at the Qt-based text editors (of which there’s also quite some around).

Qt-based applications #2: File managers (1/2)

In this post we’ll take a look at some Qt-based file managers. Since there’s quite a lot of them, let’s start right away!

All screenshots from this entry on are in 1024×768 resolution. So if you click on any of the pictures you’ll get a bigger one where you might actually see something…

The candidates

Here are the file managers that were tested (in alphabetical order):

Not tested

Some of the file managers didn’t work right away. These are the ones that I could not get to work at all and that were not tested:

  • Double Commander (“Total Commander” inspired. Would have been especially interesting since it’s written in Pascal. However it won’t compile on my current Arch VM.)
  • Qefem (Won’t compile.)
  • QtCommander (Also “TC” inspired. Doesn’t work with Qt4.)
  • QtFileMan (Won’t compile.)
  • Synopson (Available as binary only, no source. Unacceptable.)

If anybody can get one or more of these to work on Arch, please let me know (send me PKGBUILDs?). And also tell me if you think that I forgot anything interesting!

Testing system

For this test I’m using the same VM as in my previous Qt application test. I haven’t updated it since then.

Andromeda

Andromeda is a cross-platform file manager based on Qt.

Razor-qt with Andromeda

Installation

pacman -U andromeda-0.2.1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz (1094280 Bytes / 1,1 MB)
(other packages downloaded as dependencies: 11448320 Bytes / 11,4 MB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening Andromeda via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ Andromeda 0.2.1
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3787652 kb
Buffers: 10716 kb
Cached: 97100 kb
Rootfs: 960924 / 939M
RAM used at startup: 265940 / ~260 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 66000 / ~64 MB

Dfilebrowser

Dfilebrowser is a Qt file manager meant for mobile devices – but of course it works on the pc, too.

Razor-qt with Dfilebrowser

Installation

pacman -U dfbrowser-17-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz (68688 Bytes / 68,7 kB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening Dfilebrowser via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ Dfilebrowser 1.1
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3817596 kb
Buffers: 10148 kb
Cached: 76348 kb
Rootfs: 897172 / 877M
RAM used at startup: 235996 / ~230 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 2248 / ~2 MB

Dino

Dino is simple Qt file manager that does however come with some nice features (like a built-in text editor and such).

Razor-qt with Dino

Installation

pacman -U dino-dfm-0.5-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz (256116 Bytes / 256,1 kB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening Dino via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ Dino 0.5
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3807736 kb
Buffers: 10468 kb
Cached: 79112 kb
Rootfs: 898044 / 877M
RAM used at startup: 245856 / ~240 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 3120 / ~3 MB

Dolphin

Dolphin is the standard file manager of KDE. As such it has a lot of dependencies and is very heavy!

Razor-qt with Dolphin

Installation

pacman -S kdebase-dolphin (108677120 Bytes / 108,7 MB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening Dolphin via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ Dolphin 4.9.5
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3739960 kb
Buffers: 17320 kb
Cached: 124660 kb
Rootfs: 1507336 / 1.5G
RAM used at startup: 313632 / ~306 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 612412 / ~598 MB

Hamsi Manager

The Hamsi Manager is an advanced Qt file manager with a lot of extras.

Razor-qt with Hamsi Manager

Installation

pacman -U hamsimanager-1.1-1-any.pkg.tar.xz (1173980 Bytes / 1,2 MB)
(other packages downloaded as dependencies: 49428480 Bytes / 49,4 MB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening Hamsi Manager via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ Hamsi Manager 1.1
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3741396 kb
Buffers: 14596 kb
Cached: 107632 kb
Rootfs: 1197212 / 1.2G
RAM used at startup: 312196 / ~305 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 302288 / ~295 MB

NewBreeze

NewBreeze is a reasonably light-weight Qt file manager.

Razor-qt with NewBreeze

Installation

pacman -U newbreeze-1.1.1-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz (528288 Bytes / 528,3 kB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening NewBreeze via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ NewBreeze 1.1.1
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3795320 kb
Buffers: 10776 kb
Cached: 93268 kb
Rootfs: 969916 / 948M
RAM used at startup: 258272 / ~252 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 74992 / ~74 MB

QtFM

QtFM is meant as a light-weight Qt file manager but it is already a bit on the heavy side. However it’s rather feature rich.

Razor-qt with QtFM

Installation

pacman -S qtfm (200108 Bytes / 200,1 kb)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening QtFM via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ QtFM 5.5
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3811512 kb
Buffers: 10312 kb
Cached: 79556 kb
Rootfs: 897684 / 877M
RAM used at startup: 242080 / ~236 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 2976 / ~3 MB

ScOpe

ScOpe is the file manager that belongs to the “Sapphire Desktop” project. It’s developed with focus on usability.

Razor-qt with ScOpe

Installation

libdelta-git-20130121-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz (139548 Bytes / 139,5 kB)
scope-git-20130121-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz (103936 Bytes / 103,9 kB)

Statistics

Memory usage after starting up Razor-qt and opening ScOpe via the menu (with a second login on tty2) and used disk space after removing pacman cache. Here are the values I got with cat /proc/meminfo and df respectively df -h:

Arch Linux Razor-qt+ ScOpe GIT20130121
MemTotal: 4053592 kb
MemFree: 3815308 kb
Buffers: 10300 kb
Cached: 78244 kb
Rootfs: 898332 / 878M
RAM used at startup: 238284 / ~233 MB
Disk space (less razor system): 3408 / ~3 MB

What’s next?

Since all these values can be a bit confusing, I’ll dedicate another post to the file managers. The next one will feature a table so that comparison is easy. That’s why this post goes without a conclusion for a change.