Files is the default file manager for GNOME. Files attempts to provide a streamlined method to manage both files and applications.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Configuration
- 3 Tips and tricks
- 4 Troubleshooting
Some programs can add extra functionality to Files. Here are a few packages in the official repositories that do just that.
- Eiciel — Include extension which add graphical ACL editor into the file properties window.
- Folder Color — Change the color of each icon separately then you are easily notice the right folder!
- http://foldercolor.tuxfamily.org/ || AUR
- Tip: This extension works only with these icon-themes which contain additional colored icons, eg:
AUR, AUR, AUR[broken link: package not found], AUR, AUR
- File Manager Actions — Configures programs to be launched when files are selected in Files
- Nautilus Admin — Add to menu: "Open as administrator" or "Edit as administrator"
- Nautilus Bluetooth — Add to menu: "Send via Bluetooth"
- Nautilus Git — Nautilus/Nemo extension to add important information about the current git directory
- Nautilus Terminal — Terminal embedded in Files. It is always open in the current folder, and follows the navigation.
- Send to Menu — Files context menu for sending files.
- Seahorse Nautilus — PGP encryption and signing for Files
- File Roller — An application for browsing archives
- Python bindings for the Nautilus Extension API — With these bindings, you can write extensions for the Nautilus in python.
If you wish to write new plugins,AUR is a helper script that lets you set up easily new extension projects for Nautilus.
Files is simple to configure graphically, but not all options are available in the preferences menu. More options are available with dconf-editor under
/usr/lib/gsd-xsettingsis running, otherwise the dconf settings are not applied in Files.
Change default item view
You can change the default view for the items by setting the
default-folder-viewer variable, e.g. for the list view:
$ gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view'
Sort by type
To sort files in all folders by type:
$ gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-sort-order 'type'
The displayed folders are specified in
~/.config/user-dirs.dirs and can be altered with any editor. An execution of
xdg-user-dirs-update will change them again, thus it may be advisable to set the file permissions to read-only.
Always show text-entry location
The standard Files toolbar shows a button bar interface for path navigation. To enter path locations using the keyboard, you must expose the location text-entry field. This is done by pressing
To make the location text-entry field always present, use gsettings as shown below:
$ gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry true
Tips and tricks
~/.cache/thumbnails/fail/). This is due to unprivileged user namespace being disabled by default on this kernel for security reasons. Nautilus uses
bwrap(provided by ) to sandbox thumbnailers. You may decide to replace with .
See Security#Sandboxing applications for more information.
Sometimes video thumbnails are not shown. To solve it (as mentioned in No video thumbnails on nautilus), you must install , , , and remove the content of
To get this option one has to create a
~/Templates/ folder in your home folder and place an empty file inside the folder through your favorite Terminal by
touch ~/Templates/new or by using any other file manager. Then just restart Files.
On non-English installations, the templates directory might have another name. One can find the actual directory with
The templates directory can be configure in
Music files metadata in list view
GNOME Files lacks the ability to display metadata for music files in list view mode. A Python script is available which adds list view columns for the artist, album, track title, bit rate and more.
To use the script you first need to install the following: AUR, , AUR, and AUR.
Once the dependencies are installed, save the bsc-v2.py script to
~/.local/share/nautilus-python/extensions (create the directory if it does not exist) and restart Files.
The new columns should now have been added. To enable them, navigate to Preferences -> List columns and tick the columns that you wish to use.
Like most other file managers GNOME Files hides files with names starting with a dot by default.
GNOME Files additionally hides files when their names are listed in a
.hidden file in the same directory (one filename per line).
Open current directory in Tilix
If you're usingterminal you can easily add "Open in Tilix" option to the context menu of GNOME Files by installing its optional dependency .
Open current directory in Visual Studio Code
You can easily add "Open Code Here" to the context menu by using extension 
Add a Folder to Bookmarks
To add a folder to your Bookmarks, simply press CTRL+D when you have the folder opened in Nautilus. Note that the list of bookmarks is shared with other Gnome-based graphical file managers (e.g. Nemo), so a folder added or removed from one will affect the bookmarks seen in the other.
Files is no longer the default file manager
This can be caused by the file association for directories being reset. Installingtends to do this.
To solve this, open Files, right-click on a folder, and choose Open With Other Application > Files > Select. This will set the association for directories back to Files.
If this does not solve the issue, see File manager functionality#Directories are not opened in the file manager.
Freezes for a few seconds after every copy operation
In case you haveinstalled in your system, the problem might be caused by its file sharing module. Deactivate file sharing, and it should stop happening.