Nemo is a fork of GNOME Files (formerly known as as Nautilus). It is also the default file manager of the Cinnamon desktop. Nemo is based on the Files 3.4 code. It was created as a response to the changes in Files 3.6 which saw features such as type ahead find and split pane view removed.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Configuration
- 3 Tips and tricks
- 4 Troubleshooting
Some programs can add extra functionality to Nemo. Here are a few packages that do just that:
- Nemo File Roller — File archiver extension for Nemo.
- Nemo Compare — An utility which compares two files using .
- Nemo Seahorse — PGP encryption and signing extension for Nemo.
- Nemo Share — Samba extension for Nemo.
- Nemo Terminal — Embedded terminal window for Nemo
- RabbitVCS Nemo — Integrate RabbitVCS into Nemo.
- http://www.rabbitvcs.org/ || AUR
Nemo is simple to configure graphically but not all options are in the preferences screen in Nemo. More options are available in the dconf-editor under
Set Nemo as default file browser
To set Nemo as the default file browser, execute the following:
$ xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
Show / hide desktop icons
To enable/disable desktop icons rendering feature in nemo, change the following setting true or false (false to hide, true to show):
$ gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false
This fixes the console warning
WARNING **: Can not determine workarea, guessing at layout for tiling window managers (such as i3).
is set as the default, if it is not installed this feature will not work.
Alternatively, change the default setting with gsettings to the preferred terminal application.
$ gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec <terminal-name>
Tips and tricks
Nemo allows the user to add new entries to the context menu. The file
/usr/share/nemo/actions/sample.nemo_action contains an example of a Nemo action. Directories to place custom action files:
/usr/share/nemo/actions/for system-wide actions
~/.local/share/nemo/actions/for user actions
Action files must have the
.nemo_action file extension.
[Nemo Action] Name=Clam Scan Comment=Clam Scan Exec=gnome-terminal -x sh -c "clamscan -r %F | less" Icon-Name=bug-buddy Selection=Any Extensions=dir;exe;dll;zip;gz;7z;rar;
[Nemo Action] Active=true Name=Archive %N Comment=Archiving %N will add .archive to the object. Exec=<archive.py %F> Selection=S Extensions=any;
#! /usr/bin/python2 -OOt import sys import os import shutil filename = sys.argv print "Running " + filename print "With the following arguments:" for arg in sys.argv: if filename == arg: continue else: print arg #os.rename('%s','%s.archive') % (arg,arg) shutil.move(arg, arg+".archive")
[Nemo Action] Active=true Name=Compare later Comment=Save file for comparison later. Exec=<compare.sh save %F> Icon-Name=meld Selection=S Extensions=any
[Nemo Action] Active=true Name=Compare with saved element Comment=Compare %F saved file or directory. Exec=<compare.sh compare %F> Icon-Name=meld Selection=S Extensions=any
#!/bin/bash savedfile=/var/tmp/compare-save-for-later.$USER comparator=meld if [ "$1" == "save" ]; then echo "$2" > "$savedfile" else "$comparator" $(cat "$savedfile") "$2" fi
Filenames containing spaces
By default, Nemo does not escape filenames. This means that actions for multiple files with some names containing spaces are broken. To fix this, use
Thumbnail generation errors shown in the console
By default, nemo does not generate thumbnails for certain video files due to licensing or patent problems (AVC encoded mp4 and mkv files for example). As such, you might see errors similar to the following in the console:
CinnamonDesktop-WARNING **: Error creating thumbnail for file:///home/username/video.mp4: Unrecognized image file format
for mp4 and other video files.
To fix this, ensure that you have a thumbnailer for video files installed - see File manager functionality#Thumbnail previews - and also ensure you have the necessary GStreamer packages installed that will allow the video file to be played.
nemo-previewto preview video files.
Desktop icons not shown
Since Nemo v3.4.2, the desktop is managed by `nemo-desktop`. This can be configured to auto start by copying the file
~/.config/autostart/nemo-autostart.desktop and removing the line "OnlyShowIn=X-Cinnamon;".