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Nautilus is the default file manager for GNOME. From the Gnome website: The Nautilus file manager provides a simple and integrated way to manage your files and applications. You can use the file manager to do the following:

  • Create folders and documents
  • Display your files and folders
  • Search and manage your files
  • Run scripts and launch applications
  • Customize the appearance of files and folders
  • Open special locations on your computer
  • Write data to a CD or DVD
  • Install and remove fonts


To install nautilus, simply run the command

pacman -S nautilus

as root.

Note: Nautilus does not require the entire gnome-shell package, but it does require gnome-desktop. Some may find this better because gnome-shell is a bit more of an undertaking.

It is automatically installed with the gnome group.


Nautilus is simple to configure graphically, but not all potential configurations can be done via the preferences menu in nautilus. More options are available with dconf-editor under org.gnome.nautilus.

Desktop Management

Nautilus, by default, no longer controls your background/desktop in gnome-shell. If you like having icons on your desktop or enjoy the neat click-and-drag rectangle when you're bored, you can easily configure nautilus to handle the desktop.

Install the package gnome-tweak-tool and run it. Click on the "Desktop" list item, and click the "Have file manager handle the desktop" slider to "on". You may have to restart nautilus by running killall nautilus;nautilus or if you are running Gnome, press Template:Keypress, type r, and press Template:Keypress.

Remove folders from the places sidebar

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 Nautilus 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 Template:Keypress

To make the location text-entry field always present, use gsettings as shown.

$ gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry true
Note: After changing this setting, you will not be able to expose the button bar. Only when the setting is false can both forms of location navigation be employed.


Some programs can add extra functionality to Nautilus. Here are a few packages in the official repositories that do just that.

  • Nautilus Actions — Configures programs to be launched when files are selected in Nautilus || nautilus-actions
  • Open in Terminal — A nautilus plugin for opening terminals in arbitrary local paths || nautilus-open-terminal
  • Send to Menu — Nautilus context menu for sending files. || nautilus-sendto
  • Sound Converter — Nautilus extension to convert audio files formats || nautilus-soundconverter
  • seahorse-nautilus — PGP encryption and signing for nautilus || seahorse-nautilus