A while back, I set my default file manager to Nemo. I like it a lot, but it constantly crashes. I remember editing a text file to set it as default, but I forgot which file it was. How do I switch back to the Nautilus file manager?
I spent AGES trying to find a method that would work. Eventually I found this advice, which is incredibly easy, and worked for me:
exo-utils (this package contains the Xfce settings plugin and the utility files for libexo-2-0). Open a terminal and type:
sudo apt install exo-utils
then switch to Utilities tab and select File Manager you prefer.
sudo mv /usr/bin/nemo /usr/bin/nemo.backup
- Open any folder. You could use
xdg-open /path/to/folder/while in the command line, for example. Or you could use a X application that requests a file.
- A dialog should appear to you requesting a default application to be your file manager. Type
/usr/bin/nautilusthere and confirm.
After that, as long as you don't rename nemo to its original name/location, nautilus will be your default file manager again.