I have installed Nautilus in my Xubuntu 16.04. and selected it as preferred file manager in Preferred Applications. Now the problem is that Thunar still operates in Xubuntu, for example, when I insert a USB, it is Thunar that opens it and not Nautilus.

How can I make Nautilus file manager the standard application to automount media in Xubuntu 16.04. instead of Thunar?


Update: I removed Thunar and now, when I plug a USB-external it is not automatically mounted though in dconfig-editor the media-handling is in automount=true and automount-open=true.

  • Please show xdg-mime query default inode/directory – nobody Aug 17 '19 at 8:23
  • @nobody the output is exo-file-manager.desktop. I hope it helps to find the solution. Surely, I am not the only one trying to make nautilus a full operative file manager in xfce desktop. ;) – loved.by.Jesus Aug 18 '19 at 18:03

I have been all over the internet, I want to achieve the same. This is what I found that is relatively simple, and tested in my Xfce4:


sudo apt install -y udiskie

Should be enough for the installation.

It uses the default file browser, but you can configure that:

udiskie -f nautilus

Drawback: I can't find any option to open the browser automatically. It shows a pop-up where it gives you the option to open the file with the browser.

man page

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  • Thanks @guillermo A comfort, that more people are looking for a solution to the same problem. I am waiting for the ideal solution without extra package :-\ I am sure there is only some setting that must be adjusted. ;) – loved.by.Jesus Aug 18 '19 at 18:05
  • If you find it, would you let me know here if that's not too much trouble :)? – schrodigerscatcuriosity Aug 20 '19 at 15:42
  • Of course. I am waiting for @nobody to answer my message, but nobody answers. ;-) – loved.by.Jesus Aug 21 '19 at 11:00
  • I'll try many things, but it seems that xfce4 uses hard-bitten thunar-volman for automounting. :( – nobody Aug 25 '19 at 17:56

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