default file manager of the GNOME desktop
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What is GNOME Files?
GNOME Files, formerly known as Nautilus, is the official file manager for the GNOME desktop, giving the user a simple way to navigate and manage its files.
Bookmarks, window backgrounds, notes, and add-on scripts are all implemented, and the user has the choice between icon, list, or compact list views. In browser mode, Files keeps a history of visited folders, similar to web browsers, permitting quick revisiting of folders.
Files can display previews of files in their icons, be they text files, images, sound or video files via thumbnailers such as Totem. Audio files are previewed (played back over GStreamer) when the pointer is hovering over them.
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Comments and Reviews
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Lists containing GNOME FilesLinux Essentials • Windows Apps • Manjaro 2021 • Linux 2021
Recent user activities on GNOME Files
- conxt added GNOME Files as alternative(s) to Folders File Manager
- einabyss Downvoted a comment on GNOME FileseiMissing features: Snap apps are completely missing in "Open With Other Application". Poor integration with DE like GNOME, can't open files on another half of monitor. No way to open file as admin... No separate shortcut to open a file just for viewing. Can't display size of directory as column Can't list all files in some directory (flat view of a directory) Can't open dirs recursively (another option instead of flat view) Questionable defaults: Ctrl+O to open a file. "Allow folders to be expanded" is disabled by default. Questionable customization: No way to change colors, transparency, colors.
- einabyss Downvoted a comment on GNOME FileseiGNOME Files 3.36.3-stable doesn't have file extension column without plugins... The Detailed Type isn't a replacement because it will render all new formats as binary. Advanced users can install new MIME types as workaround with xdg-mime from xdg-utils but this can be a real problem if new file formats are mostly private or proprietary or doesn't have MIME yet.
It's uncluttered and easy to use, like most GNOME software. The search function works well, it has tabs, and supports network storage nicely.
As a consequence of being simple, it doesn't have as many features and options as other file managers, but that's a personal choice for you to make. I like Gnome Files for daily use and use the terminal if I need something very specific.
It's not as expandable as Dolphin, for eg. but does his job kinda well. UI/UX are well integrated to GNOME.
The devs removed the tree view and overall reduced the functionality. If you are not an old mom with a touch-device Nautilus surely in not your choice.
Admitted: Nautilus was ok 5 years ago.
GNOME Files 3.36.3-stable doesn't have file extension column without plugins...
The Detailed Type isn't a replacement because it will render all new formats as binary.
Advanced users can install new MIME types as workaround with xdg-mime from xdg-utils but this can be a real problem if new file formats are mostly private or proprietary or doesn't have MIME yet.
GNOME Files 3.36.3-stable will suggest the following protocols in a tooltip:
AppleTalk afp:// File Transfer Protocol ftp:// or ftps:// Network File System nfs:// Samba smb:// SSH File Transfer Protocol sftp:// or ssh:// WebDAV dav:// or davs://
GNOME Files 3.36.3-stable won't tell if files are identical with Replace files prompt after Extract here command.
GNOME Files 3.36.3-stable will overwrite dates.