My Nautilus file-manager does not show a preview of PNG files.

Ubuntu Version: Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Nautilus Version: GNOME nautilus 3.26.4

I have tried various "solutions" form the web like :

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.thumbnails


sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/cache/.thumbnails


sudo rm -rf ~/.thumbnails/* ~/.cache/thumbnails/*

After the last command I do not get any thumbnails for other files as JPG, BLEND, TIF and more.

I also looked at the Preferences from Nautilus which configure to only show files smaller than 4 GB. But all the files I'm concerned about are way smaller than 4 GB.

How can I configure Nautilus to show Thumbnails for all these file types?


It might be the package libgdk-pixbuf2.0-bin missing. First you can check if it's installed with:

dpkg -s libgdk-pixbuf2.0-bin

If not installed, then you can just install it:

sudo apt install libgdk-pixbuf2.0-bin

If you have dconf-editor please also check the values for org / desktop / thumbnailers and make sure your file type is not disabled in there.

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