It looks like that nautilus have changed a lot since previous version, I hate the way it is on ubuntu 13.04 (Installed it yesterday)

First of all, a lot of features are gone, next, if I start typing sth, it will search for it which is soooo bad! is there anyway to go back to previous version? (of course I was unable to fine a way.

EDIT: looks like nemo file manager is a fork of nautilus 3.4 by linuxmint dev. they were not satisfied with nautilus 3.6 (like me) I guess that will do it ;)


Grab Nemo (Linux Mint team forked nautilus 3.4, because they don't like what was changed in 3.6)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install nemo
  • good choice because you don't have to install any patched version, but more secure a separate software – Stefano May 1 '13 at 17:16
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    I prefer this approach because I can run "Files" 3.6.3 from Raring alongside of Nemo 1.1.2. btw I only installed nemo, nemo-fileroller was automatically installed. XRef: webupd8.org/2012/12/how-to-install-nemo-file-manager-in.html – LantzR May 2 '13 at 23:32
  • works great. thankyou for 'finding nemo' – wim May 7 '13 at 3:17
  • BE CAREFUL. This made me unable to log in to my Unity session from then onwards, I had to purge the packages to get back in. The PPA for Cinnamon doesn't guarantee stability alongside Unity. – Eric Mill Oct 27 '13 at 21:22

On 13.04 you can fairly easily downgrade to a patched version of the older Nautilus 3.4 by adding a PPA managed by the good people at webupd8.org.

Run these commands in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/experiments
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
killall nautilus

For a full description of the patched version (and how to remove it), see this article: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/04/get-nautilus-34-features-back-in-ubuntu.html

N.B.: If the dist-upgrade command attempts to remove packages, there is a problem and you should not continue. Otherwise things should be fine.

  • This is a lifesaver! Thank you so much. This fixes all the issues I have been having. 1) typing resulted in a recursive search. 2) Issues with nautilus not showing up above other windows when launched from CLI 3)Generally a worse look. This also still works with RabbitVCS no breakages. – Programster Sep 28 '13 at 9:48
  • This did nothing for me. I'm on Ubuntu Gnome, might that be why? – Costa Jan 15 '14 at 18:02
  • I don't use Ubuntu Gnome, so I'm not sure. Sorry. – Fern Moss Jan 20 '14 at 3:41

You can downgrade to the Nautilus version that came with Quantal (12.10).

Here you find the instruction how to do that:

  • In the Dash, type 'Software & Updates'. (Don't type the single quotes.)

  • Start the 'Software & Updates' program.

  • Choose the tab 'Other Software'.

  • Add a new software repository. If you want the Quantal repository, type

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu quantal main

  • and save.

  • Open Synaptic Package Manager.

    If Synaptic Package Manager is not installed, you should type 'Ubuntu Software Center' in the dash. There you choose to install 'Synaptic Package Manager'.

  • Choose 'Reload' to update the package information.

  • In the Quick search field, type: nautilus, and select nautilus in the list.

  • In the menu choose: Package - Force version.

  • Choose the Quantal version.

  • In the menu choose: Package - Lock Version.

  • Log out, log in.

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