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I'm using Gnome 3.6 in Ubuntu 12.10 and I dislike Nautilus. I've tried Marlin and was happy until I realized that there's no search function. I'm not sure how to go about searching this so I'd appreciate it if someone with any type of knowledge/experience in file managers could help me out. :)

My basic needs are that:
- It looks nice
- It has a search function (similar to nautilus')
- It's somewhat speedy
- It has an undo function

I'd also like:
- Plugins
- The ability to search within text files and documents
- Tabs

I hope that's not too much to ask. If I can find an alternative with just the basics I'll be more than happy.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Question like this that are open ended should be posted in the Ubuntu Forums, please see the FAQ for what is on-topic here, thanks! –  Jorge Castro Dec 30 '12 at 1:42
I use KDE and dolphin, which have all these functions. I think that your requirements are quite broad though, and that most file managers would have them. Also, the ability to search within text files and documents is normally not the file manager itself, but a helper app (e.g. nepomuk in KDE). –  Sparhawk Dec 30 '12 at 1:42
PCManFM’s the best. –  Fitoschido Dec 30 '12 at 11:56

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You should try xfce's default file manager:


sudo apt-get install thunar

should do the trick...

It does not have an "undo" button, unfortunately. But other than that it is very sold. The search feature is great, because if you just start typing it searches in the folder your are currently in. If you need a more powerful search function, I wouldn't use a file manager, I would simply use the "find" terminal command:

sudo find / -name 'example.extension'

Thunar doesn't have multiple panels or tabs, so if you use those a lot you might be disappointed with the multiple windows that you must bring up...

almost forgot, thunar does have plugins which can be found here:


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Sorry. Thanks for the answers though! –  MelodiesonMusic Dec 30 '12 at 23:55

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