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GNOME Files Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to GNOME Files for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Double Commander, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to GNOME Files and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to GNOME Files are Dolphin File Manager, Midnight Commander, Thunar and Nemo.

GNOME Files alternatives are mainly File Managers but may also be FTP Clients or File Renamers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GNOME Files.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • MacPorts
  • XQuartz

GNOME Files, formerly known as Nautilus, is the official file manager for the GNOME desktop, giving the user a simple way...

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  1. Double Commander is a cross-platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.

    Double Commander 0.7.0 running on Windows 10
    Double Commander vs GNOME Files opinions
    Most users think Double Commander is a great alternative to GNOME Files.
    davidjuniorsaylor

    Way more features and way more customization.

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    H66m9d

    It have more option and flexibility than Nautilus

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  2. Dolphin is a file manager for KDE focusing on usability. Has three view modes: Icon, Detail and it used to have Column View like in Finder (it is not available in current version due to problems with maintaibility). Supports FTP, SCP and other protocols. Highly configurable.

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    Almost everyone thinks Dolphin File Manager is a great alternative to GNOME Files.


  3. GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software.

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    Thunar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Xfce
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz

    Thunar is a new modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. Thunar has been designed from the ground up to be fast and easy-to-use. Its user interface is clean and intuitive, and does not include any confusing or useless options.

    Default icon view with favourites side pane and button path bar
    Almost everyone thinks Thunar is a great alternative to GNOME Files.
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    Nemo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Nemo is the official file manager for the Linux Mint operating system running the Cinnamon desktop. It re-introduced several features removed from the file manager Nautilus, from which it originated.

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    Nemo vs GNOME Files opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Nemo is a great alternative to GNOME Files.

    It was developed as an alternative

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    PCMan File Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    An extremely fast and lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and user-friendly interface.

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    riveravaldez

    In simple systems it's much more lightweight, fewer dependencies, very quick and simple.

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    SpaceFM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    SpaceFM is a multi-panel tabbed file and desktop manager for Linux with built-in VFS, udev- or HAL-based device manager, customisable menu system, and bash integration. SpaceFM aims to provide a stable, capable file manager with significant customisation capabilities.

    With big previews/thumbnails
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    JumpFm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell

    JumpFm is a minimalistic dual panel file manager (currently released only for Windows, Mac, and Linux) that lets you navigate your file system very efficiently.

    Discontinued

    The last release was in 2017, but you can still download it and use it.

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    Polo File Manager

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Linux

    Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes and tabs; support for archives, and much more.

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    Xfe

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Xfce

    X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, originally developed by Maxim Baranov.

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