View Full Version : [xubuntu] Setting Nautilus as default file manager on Xubuntu

September 26th, 2008, 04:27 PM
I'm using Xubuntu, and would like to change the file manager from Thunar to Nautilus.

I've tried seraching, and fiddling with some things, but to no avail.

How do I do that?

November 2nd, 2008, 11:03 AM
goto Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install nautilus


November 2nd, 2008, 11:57 AM
That installs Nautilus, but it obviously does _not_ set it as default file manager in XFCE. (However, I'm back to using Gnome exclusively, so it does not matter that much to me anymore)

November 2nd, 2008, 04:52 PM
i have installed xubuntu-desktop on my ubuntu intallation. so have nautilus, thunar, pcmanfm in my system. how can i make pcman or nautilus defalut in my xubuntu session?

December 31st, 2008, 05:20 AM
I'd love to find this out too. I love XFCE but I miss the features of Nautilus. I found an old howto thread but the config files it says to edit don't seem to exist.

April 5th, 2009, 05:28 AM

I realise this is an older thread, but I have recently switched to Xubuntu 9.04. Now, I need Nautilus to access my network shares. I have tried the other methods in these forums to access the shares through thunar, but they did not work. Nautilus works perfectly, and I can access the terminal to open it, but I would like to set Nautilus to the default browser to enable other users to access my network shares. Can anyone help with this?

April 5th, 2009, 04:16 PM
Well, I recently put Nautilus on Xubuntu 8.04. I don't know if they've changed anything in Jaunty, and I don't know how to make it the default file manager, but to add it, open a terminal and put in:

sudo apt-get install nautilus
Then, after it installs, open Nautilus with:

nautilus --no-desktop
You should now be able to use Nautilus in Xubuntu.

(Important: if you just put in the command "nautilus" your desktop environment will change to GNOME. Found this out through personal experience ;))

October 6th, 2010, 04:47 PM
Maybe https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DefaultFileManager help someone...