In Thunar it is possible to open a small search box by pressing Ctrl+f but when you type in something the results seem to take into account only the first letters of the filename. If you search for words that are in the middle of the filename nothing happens.


  • file-1.php
  • my-file.txt
  • another-one.js

If I type in f then file-1.php gets highlighted but if I type in one nothing happens. I'd expect the file containing the letters one to be the only one showing up, or at least highlighted.

I know there is catfish and I routinely use it, even by launching it from the folder's custom action, which is very handy, but even better would be to have an improved search functionality, just similar to the one found in MAC OS.

Is there anything in the Linux world close to what I described? Thanks!

UPDATE Nautilus does exactly what I described

  • There is something like FZF: github.com/junegunn/fzf - You can configure it to search in a list of files and directories. Personally I use it only to search through the bash history. – Michal Przybylowicz Sep 6 '18 at 7:46

Ctrl+f functions as typeahead search, what you are looking for already exists in thunar, Press ctrl+s then you can search by a pattern:

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  • Ctrl+B hides the side panel in my Thunar (Ubuntu Studio, Thunar 1.6.15), Ctrl+S does indeed what I was searching for, thanks so much! Unfortunately it seems to work just on some files, please check the screencast: youtu.be/qRPnv187i44 – Nicola Sep 6 '18 at 14:18
  • @Nicola I meant Ctrl+F, the search is case sensitive so search for "Scorpions". – Ravexina Sep 6 '18 at 15:23
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    it works. Hopefully they'll implement case-insensitive search – Nicola Sep 6 '18 at 15:38

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