Is there a package readily available that can replace & enhance the functionality of Nautilus?

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    what enhancements are you looking for? If we know what you want to do, maybe there are other applications better suited than extending nautilus – basszero Oct 16 '09 at 17:28

If you want to look at the KDE world, there is dolphin. And if you prefer two-panel file-manager, you can try krusader. Both are installable via a apt-get install.

  • +1 for dolphin and krusader. There are also dual-pane file managers that use GTK, if I recall correctly. – Lee B Oct 16 '09 at 22:52
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    Actually, with Nautilus you can enable an additional panel, too :) – luri Mar 9 '11 at 18:30
  • Pressing F3 in nautilus brings you an additional panel. – HongboZhu Jul 2 '12 at 13:18

Midnight Commander! Just type mc from any command prompt.

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    are you serious? this feels so 1980's. – jldupont Oct 16 '09 at 17:08
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    The 80's rocked! And it all depends on your definition of "better" doesn't it? :-) – Chris_K Oct 16 '09 at 17:13
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    Some people with a history of DOS and similar still prefer the two-pane text-based file management interface. Strange but true. I'm bash command-line person myself, preferring it over most graphical interfaces. To each his own! – David Spillett Oct 16 '09 at 17:17
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    i have no clue why MC is so popular and so often brought up as a file manager replacement. – Roy Rico Oct 16 '09 at 17:49
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    @Roy, MC is a clone of Norton Commander. And Norton Commander was pretty much the grand daddy of file managers. – A Dwarf Oct 17 '09 at 4:09

Thunar is a decent light weight replacement.


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    +1 Thunar has some really nice features not found in Nautilus: custom actions, mouse gestures (very nice), to name just two – DaveParillo Oct 17 '09 at 3:57

While it has a few peculiarities, I've had mostly positive experiences with ROX when I've had a need for a graphical file manager. It's much lighter than nautilus.


I love mc, and wouldn't use anything else. But, if it's too 80's for you, you can get gnome-commander from the repos.


Dolphin has Miller Column view like Mac OSX 's finder. I like that feature very much!

  • Miller columns in Dolphin are gone, Pantheon File Manager (Elementary Distribution) has it but it is very buggy, at least in my Ubuntu – toto_tico Apr 25 '18 at 7:52

Surprised not to see the pcmanfm File Manager here! If speed is something you really want, PCManFM is a superb option! :)

sudo apt-get install pcmanfm

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