Linux port of FAR v2
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FARStdlib Add missed va_end() call Oct 17, 2018
SimpleIndent added SimpleIndent plugin (for #151) Nov 16, 2016
WinPort fix mouse scrolling slowdown (fix #372) Oct 5, 2018
align fixup slashes in recently ported plugins Nov 17, 2016
autowrap fixup slashes in recently ported plugins Nov 17, 2016
colorer update colorer base (#286) Jul 3, 2018
compare compare/filecase plugins: fix russian translation (fix #347) Jul 7, 2018
drawline ported 'drawline' plugin Nov 17, 2016
editcase macOS compilation fixes Nov 21, 2016
editorcomp Editor autocomplete: make settings behaviour more consistent Jul 2, 2018
etc filecase plugin (for #340) Jul 2, 2018
far2l FileListItem: Fix copy constructor and clear function Oct 16, 2018
farftp Fix If logic Oct 17, 2018
farlng build on FreeBSD Feb 18, 2018
filecase compare/filecase plugins: fix russian translation (fix #347) Jul 7, 2018
inside fix crash on Shft+F1 Jul 4, 2018
multiarc fix password non working in archives (degradation) Jul 17, 2018
netbox Removed copy write-opened files option (it didn't work in any case), … Jan 8, 2017
tmppanel objinfo plugin: investigate elf object files by Ctrl+PgDown Sep 19, 2017
utils works Jul 16, 2018
.gitignore Add custom console RGB palette support Mar 13, 2018
.travis.yml Use longer form of var substitution Aug 25, 2017
CMakeLists.txt objinfo plugin renamed to inside, and is able now to decode PDF plain… Jul 2, 2018
LICENSE.txt it should be here Aug 30, 2016 Various corrections to Jul 8, 2018


Linux port of FAR Manager v2 ( ALPHA VERSION. Currently interesting only for enthusiasts!!!

Plug-ins that are currently working: colorer, multiarc, farftp, tmppanel, align, autowrap, drawline, editcase, SimpleIndent


License: GNU/GPLv2

Used code from projects

  • FAR for Windows
  • WINE
  • Portable UnRAR
  • 7z ANSI-C Decoder

Contributing, Hacking

Required dependencies

  • gawk
  • m4
  • libglib2.0-dev
  • libwxgtk3.0-dev
  • cmake ( >= 3.2.2 )
  • g++
  • git (needed for downloading source code)

Or simply on Ubuntu:

apt-get install gawk m4 libglib2.0-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev cmake g++ git

Clone and Build

git clone
mkdir build
cd build

with make:

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../far2l
make -j4

or with ninja (you need ninja-build package installed)

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -G Ninja ../far2l
ninja -j4

macOS build

  • Supported compiler: AppleClang 8.0.0.x or newer. Check your version, and install/update XCode if necessary.
clang++ -v
  • Install Homebrew:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  • Install required packages:
brew install glib gawk cmake pkg-config wget
bunzip2 wxWidgets-3.1.1.tar.bz2
tar xvf wxWidgets-3.1.1.tar
cd wxWidgets-3.1.1
./configure --disable-shared --disable-debug CC=clang CXX=clang++ CXXFLAGS="-stdlib=libc++ -std=c++11" OBJCXXFLAGS="-stdlib=libc++ -std=c++11" LDFLAGS=-stdlib=libc++ --enable-monolithic --enable-unicode
make -j4
make install
  • Download, generate makefiles and build far2l:
git clone
cd far2l
cmake -G "Unix Makefiles"
make -j4

IDE Setup

You can import the project into your favourite IDE like QtCreator, CodeLite, or any other, which supports cmake or which cmake is able to generate projects for.

  • QtCreator: select "Open Project" and point QtCreator to the CMakeLists.txt in far2l root directory
  • CodeLite: use this guide to setup a project: (to avoid polluting your source tree, don't create your workspace inside of the far2l directory)

Useful add-ons

Notes on porting

I implemented/borrowed from WINE some commonly used WinAPI functions. They are all declared in WinPort/WinPort.h and corresponding defines can be found in WinPort/WinCompat.h (both are included by WinPort/windows.h). Note that this stuff may not be 1-to-1 to corresponding Win32 functionality also doesn't provide full-UNIX functionality, but it simplifies porting and can be considered as temporary scaffold.

However, only the main executable is linked statically to WinPort, although it also exports WinPort functionality, so plugins use it without the neccessity to bring their own copies of this code. This is the reason that each plugin's binary should not statically link to WinPort.

While FAR internally is UTF16 (because WinPort contains UTF16-related stuff), native Linux wchar_t size is 4 bytes (rather than 2 bytes) so potentially Linux FAR may be fully UTF32-capable console interaction in the future, but while it uses Win32-style UTF16 functions it does not. However, programmers need to be aware that wchar_t is not 2 bytes long anymore.

Inspect all printf format strings: unlike Windows, in Linux both wide and multibyte printf-like functions have the same multibyte and wide specifiers. This means that %s is always multibyte while %ls is always wide. So, any %s used in wide-printf-s or %ws used in any printf should be replaced with %ls.

Update from 27aug: now it's possible by defining WINPORT_DIRECT to avoid renaming used Windows API and also to avoid changing format strings as swprintf will be intercepted by a compatibility wrapper.