Every time I plug a USB stick in, nautilus opens a new window with the contents of the drive. I would like to disable this auto-opening of the nautilus window, but I would like the actual auto-mount to keep working. Is this possible?

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The simplest option is to open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T, and type:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount-open false
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    This should be the answer. Nov 5, 2014 at 21:03
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    How shall I know which settings can be changed using gsettings set ? can you provide any documentation or list ?
    – MAKZ
    Feb 20, 2015 at 13:26
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    This doesn't work in Gnome-Shell. It still pops-up that notification asking to "Open with Files" or "Eject" or "Open with music player", etc.
    – Cerin
    May 5, 2015 at 14:47
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    Confirmed on 16.04. For an Android developer, this is really a relief! Sep 15, 2016 at 10:27
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    On Linux Mint this was gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.media-handling automount-open false for me. So cinnamon instead of gnome. Presumably this would have to changed also if you use Mate instead. Etc etc ... Nov 27, 2017 at 23:17

Turns out, it is. You will need dconf-editor tool, which can be installed by with sudo apt-get install dconf-tools. Run dconf-editor in your terminal. Browse to org -> gnome -> desktop - media-handling. Uncheck automount-open.

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    On Ubuntu 14.10, you just need to install "dconf Editor" (dconf-editor). Run it once it's been added to your Launcher. Then do the same thing.
    – colan
    Jan 3, 2015 at 1:48

The setting corresponding to izx's to disable automatically launching nemo in the cinnamon desktop is:

gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.media-handling automount-open false

For MATE Desktop Environment, which uses the Caja file manager:

gsettings set org.mate.media-handling automount-open false

or use Caja File Management Preferences (caja-file-management-properties) - on Media tab uncheck Browse media when inserted checkbox.

Not for Gnome or Cinnamon desktop environments, however MATE/Caja is a close relative.


Using GUI in debian gnome desktop:

Open dconf-editor then go to org -> gnome -> desktop - media-handling. There uncheck automount.

  • This will disable auto-mounting altogether. OP only wants do disable the pop-up windows after auto-mount. -1 Nov 29, 2017 at 11:59
  • yes, it disables the auto-mounting also. my answer is only for disabling pop-up window.
    – SHIVA
    Nov 29, 2017 at 12:55
  • No, it's not. Please read the description of the Dconf key org.gnome.desktop.media-handling.automount (“If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically mount media such as user-visible hard disks and removable media on start-up and media insertion.”) as opposed to .automount-open (“If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically open a folder when media is automounted.”). Nov 29, 2017 at 15:33

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