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I find most of the GUI file browsers that I have come across pretty limited on options.

In xyplorer I really like:

  • filters and power filters,
  • multi-tabs,
  • scripting.

I am not necessarily looking for xyplorer in Linux ( unless it exist :) ) but some good options to look at.

  • when viewing photos sure I use the Files filemanager however any power lifting on linux is better handled by crafting commands on the command line or automate into a bash script ... use the force Luke – Scott Stensland Apr 28 '19 at 14:19
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Your question can have many answers.

Personally I prefer to use Caja from MATE DE (GNOME 2 fork), below I give illustrations of its functionality:

  • filters

    1. Filters for current view is done by clicking Ctrl+S (or selecting EditSelect Items Matching...):

      select items matching

    2. Other way to filter items is to use search function by clicking special button named Search documents and folders by name:

      search

  • multi-tabs

    1. Tabs are created by clicking Ctrl+T (or selecting FileNew Tab):

      tabs

    2. You can use split view with F3 (or selecting ViewExtra Pane):

      extra pane

      As it shown above this feature is very useful with Copy To or Move To actions.

  • scripting

    Scripting is done by

    1. using Caja Actions scripts. This feature is installed with caja-actions package and configurable from Caja-Actions Configuration Tool (caja-actions-config-tool). See other answer for details.
    2. using Caja Python extensions. This feature is installed with caja-extensions-common package. The user scripts should be placed in ~/.local/share/caja-python/extensions. See other answer for details.

Some additional remarks:

  • By default its Side Pane shows Places, but you can switch it to Tree view:

    Tree view

  • You can combine Places view in side pane with List View of main panel to show directory tree:

    List view with three

  • The Extra Pane (with F3) allows to combine views - for example List View in the left and Icon View in the right:

    List View + Icon View


If you are willing to try Caja you can install it with sudo apt-get install caja.

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