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maintained by the author, Joe Forster/STA

last updated on 2014-02-18

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The Star Commander is the ultimate DOS shell that can handle the image file formats of the C64 Software Emulator (© by Miha Peternel, 1994-1997), CCS64 (© by Per Håkan Sundell, 1996-2009), Personal C64 (© by Wolfgang Lorenz, 1994-1997) and VICE (© by the VICE Team, 1993-2012), it copies files and disks between the PC and a Commodore 1541/1570/1571/1581 drive, optionally in turbo mode, and also converts several popular Commodore archive formats. It is a comfortable, user-friendly and fast giftware software with online help and is very similar to The Norton Commander (© by Symantec Inc., 1986-1995) and The Volkov Commander (© by Vsevolod V. Volkov, 1991-2000).

The latest public release is version 0.83, out since 11th January, 2010. You can find The Star Commander on Web sites and FTP sites in an archive called (where X.YY is the version number).

Important notes

Known major bugs

Please, use the latest beta release to overcome the following problems until the next public release, in which these will be fixed, becomes available.


Useful information

Mailing list

If you need help with the Commander, would like to ask for some new features in future releases, want to be notified about the release of new (beta) versions or just want to chat around then subscribe to the mailing list.

WARNING: All E-mail addresses have been spam shielded. Before sending an E-mail, please, delete the words "ANTI" and "SPAM", along with the dots around them.

To subscribe to the mailing list, send an E-mail to To post articles, send an E-mail to Please, note that only members are allowed to post to the mailing list. To unsubscribe, send an E-mail to

Mirror sites

You can also find the Commander at the following Web sites:

...and the following FTP sites:

Copyright and license

The Star Commander is © by Joe Forster/STA, 1994-2010.

The Commander is giftware. You may use the unregistered version as long as you wish and you may give it to any individual, provided that it's in the original, unmodified archive. It is highly recommended that you download distribution packages from the homepage or other distribution sites listed later in this documentation. If you get a package from somewhere else then make sure that the package has the author's authentic verification stamped on it.

The unregistered version is in no way crippled, there are no nag screens or delays in it and – except for alpha and beta releases – it never expires. However, if you are frequently using the Commander and you are satisfied with it then you are encouraged to register it. Please, read the file REGISTER.TXT for more details. You must not distribute the personal keyfile you receive when you register.

The source of the Commander is distributed under a license that is similar to the GNU General Public License but is more restrictive, for the protection of Commander users and the author. You may distribute only those modified versions or derived software that satisfy all restrictions in the license. When you distribute the Commander, modified versions of it or software derived from it, you may not ask for money above the normal fee of the distribution media itself. Furthermore, you may not publish the Commander or its source on floppy disks, CD/DVD-ROM's, FTP sites, WWW pages or any other distribution media, include it in a software compilation or bundle it with other software or hardware without prior permission of the author.

Note that public distribution of the beta releases of the Commander is prohibited. The only place where you can and should be able to find them is the homepage.

The Commander is provided "as is", without a warranty of any kind. You are using it at your own risk. The author is not liable for any damage or data loss caused by the software.

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