I use gnome-session-flashback on Ubuntu 18.04. I much prefer the nemo filemanager compared to Nautilus. I downloaded it via apt-get install nemo

I then looked around online to find out how to make nemo the default. I've tried many such as these

xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true

I then restarted but while some portions worked such as pressing Home on the Places tab on the top menu. Things like other applications opening the filemanager to upload file or download file. Another is if you click a link to a drive on the desktop also opens nautilus instead of nemo. I'd just like to never use Nautilus. Any ideas?


  • The repo nemo doesn't auto start nemo-desktop, you should add it to do so. To see if that's your issue run the command nemo-desktop (- preferred to do as a run command, i.e alt+F2 if your session does that.., otherwise try via a terminal though it will exit when terminal is closed. – doug Jun 18 '18 at 2:06

You can try this:

sudo apt install exo-utils

Then run:


then switch to Utilities tab and select File Manager you prefer.

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