It is installed by default in some Linux distributions, and is almost always available in every distribution's software repositories as the package "mc".
To start Midnight Commander, enter the command Being a character-based application with a lot of features means Midnight Commander has a lot of keyboard commands, some of which it shares with other applications; others are unique.
Highlighting the topmost item in the listing selects the parent directory.
It is also possible to change directories directly on the command line below the directory panels.
Many of the function keys and Alt-key combinations that Midnight Commander uses are intercepted for other purposes by the terminal and window manager.