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There is one thing I'm missing since I've been forced to move from OSX to Ubuntu.

For OSX there is a wonderful file browser named Path Finder which has very handy filter function built-in. The search field in the Path Finders upper right corner isn't searching your whole HD, it's not searching in all the sub folders of a given directory (like in Nautilus). It's just filtering the content of the folder you have currently opened without looking in to the subfolders.

Is there something similar (plugin, extension, etc.) available for Nautilus?

Two users have already asked the same question, but the answers obviously missed the point.

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The answer lies in the questions, use Dolphin. – Javier Rivera Nov 30 '11 at 9:00
It's not real filtering, but if you open a folder in Nautilus and then start typing the first few letters, the appropriate folder/file will be selected. – arrange Nov 30 '11 at 11:59
The search feature in the top right corner of Nautilus seems to me to function the way you are asking for... could you describe what it's doing that is different than what you want? (And/or show some screenshots of what Path Finder does that you are looking for.) – fader Jan 4 '12 at 2:02
@JavierRivera What's better about Dolphin? – isomorphismes Feb 27 '15 at 2:36
Back them it allowed for the feature that the user needed. Right now, default Nautilus has it too, so the comment is pointless. – Javier Rivera Feb 27 '15 at 11:55

I think Nautilus should allow the user to filter the contents of a folder as much as wanted, but here's something that might be of use for you:

Press Control+S (or Edit > Select items matching) and you can filter contents with basic REGEX.

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Just like @fader said: Just press search button and there you can choose do you want to search that folder or all files. That folder is selected as default.

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