How to achieve List/Tree view in Nautilus like the following screenshot?


Cant find information about this. ps
Im using Ubuntu Remix with pure Gnome 3, and last version of Nautilus.

  • Definitely not - there is no even word 'tree' on that page.
    – Gill Bates
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 19:20
  • Well, maybe you right about naming, but anyway point of my question is different than in one by your link.
    – Gill Bates
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 19:31
  • They've decided to remove the 'tree like' view.
    – klokop
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 12:44

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You can do this in the Nautilus (Also called "Files") preferences window. Here's how:

  1. Make sure you have "Files" (program) running (or else the menus will NOT bring you the correct sub menus when you click on them)

  2. Click Edit > Preferences

  3. On the Views tab, select the List View viewing option next to "View new folders using:" and click close.

You're done!

Nautilus preferences window

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    This used to work, unfortunately I can not find this preferences dialog in 13.04. I used gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view' instead.
    – wim
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 2:12
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    This functionality has been restored in 13.10
    – Dakota
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:04
  • Also, in the Files app in the menu Edit->Preferences Under the "Display" tab you want to check the "Navigate folders in a tree" checkbox
    – hobs
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 2:25

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view'

Options are 'list-view', 'icon-view' and 'compact-view'.

  • just what i was looking for, works great (can you tell me where I can find more info)
    – Remus Rigo
    Commented May 6, 2012 at 11:00
  • How to make this setting have a permanent effect? It is not permanent on 14.04 (not for me).
    – the_prole
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 19:09
  • 14.04 click the settings "gear" on the right, then you'll find the Preferences in which you can select the list view.
    – user346530
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 12:01

The tree view can be enabled from the files > preferences. There is a check box for this.

Version : 3.8.2

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This is the "List View" in Nautilus up to v3.4 (shipped with Ubuntu 12.10). It's no longer available in Nautilus v3.6

You can activate it in the "View" menu:

Screenshot of the Naulius View menu

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    Sadly that they removed this feature.
    – Gill Bates
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 19:21
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    @Aditya in modern version (which i use) Nautilus list-view does not provide tree-view: i.imgur.com/5YqccTA.png
    – Gill Bates
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 20:00
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    Why, god oh why, was this feature removed? What was the reasoning? Am I alone in finding these constant dismaying decisions infuriating? My energy has just been zapped by this. Desperate. I want to rage quit. I forgive you Windows. The next time I feel the urge to complain about you I will try my very best to bite my tongue. Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 23:33
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    @BullfrogBlues second you Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 15:43
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    Yes, the feature was reinserted since version 3.7.90: Add back a Treeview option for list view. This is off by default, and is backed by a checkbox in the Preferences dialog (source) Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 14:04

Open Nautilus go to Edit ► Preferences then under Display tab checked:

List View
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And also In Views tab select "List View" mode and close. Close and open Nautilus again see the changes.

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Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and 17.10

  1. Enable list view if it's not already enabled: Click the "Toggle view" button at top right.
    • If list view is already enabled, the button will look like a grid of squares: Screenshot of button

      If icon view is enabled, the button will look like a bulleted list: Screenshot of button

  2. Enable tree view: Go to Files menu -> Preferences -> Views tab -> under List View, enable Allow folders to be expanded

Or via CLI

  1. Enable list view

    gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view'
  2. Enable tree view

    gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.list-view use-tree-view true

In nautilus-3.6 (raring), it's gone though I've added back along with several other changes in a ppa https://launchpad.net/~mc3man/+archive/nautilus-hacks

In 3.8 or higher it's been returned, enabled thru - click on files > preferences > Display > & enable there.


Ubuntu 18.04 gnome-shell 3.28

Use this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.list-view use-tree-view true

You can activate the tree view, called as "list view" by clicking via View -> List.

The same can be done by pressing Ctrl + 2 To revert back press Ctrl+ 1

List view

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