- Fully tested in Ubuntu 18.04 running the default Gnome desktop.
- Why use
nautilus? See the several screenshots at the very end showing the great usage of space and features which
This works for me: https://itsfoss.com/install-nemo-file-manager-ubuntu/
In short, to use Nemo instead of Nautilus as your default file manager, including to manage desktop icons, do:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nemo
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
Then add the command
nemo-desktop to your startup applications.
Reboot and run
xdg-open $HOME to ensure it opens up your home folder in nemo now.
If you want your Computer, Home, Trash, etc. icons on your desktop again (you can see some of these shown in a screenshot farther below), see Mark Greaves' answer here. In short, install dconf-editor:
sudo apt install dconf-editor
Then open it via your GUI "start menu" launcher thing, and navigate to: org --> nemo--> desktop. You have options to show the following 5 things. I recommend you don't change anything else unless you know exactly what you're doing:
- computer-icon-visile (shown in the screenshot just below)
- home-icon-visible (shown in the screenshot just below)
To change the desktop icon size when using nemo as your file manager, simply right-click on the desktop and go to Desktop --> Icon Size, as shown here:
To go back to using Nautilus instead of Nemo:
xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
sudo apt purge nemo nemo*
sudo apt autoremove
And remove the
nemo-desktop command from your startup applications.
To choose which desktop options to display:
sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
Then open it by searching for "Tweaks" in your start menu, and going to --> Desktop tab on left.
nemo over Ubuntu's default
nautilus file manager?
This one's easy. Take a look at the beautiful use of space that nemo permits in Compact view. Look at all of the files you can see at once!
(Note that this view is NOT zoomed out all the way. You can still zoom out one more time while still seeing the file names, and one more time after that to see only tiny icons). I LOVE how compact you can see everything! Let this be a model for GUI file manager designers (Microsoft & Apple & Ubuntu/Nautilus, take note! :))
Versus the really user-unfriendly and space-wasting views available in the nautilus file manager (looking in the same directory in an identically-sized window):
- Icon view (zoomed all the way out):
- Or, list view (zoomed all the way out):
Aweful, in my opinion! I can't see hardly any files in comparison and it's much more difficult to find things!
Enough said. Notice the nice address bar you can easily type in in nemo too. In nautilus you have to use Ctrl + L to see the address bar to type in.
- Note that this answer was moved to this location from here: Change default file manager Ubuntu 18.04
- How to change desktop icon size?
- How to display Trash and Home folder icons?