I tried opening Trash by running the command nautilus, but it gives me an error.


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The trash folder should be located under:


So you should be able to access it via:

cd ~/.local/share/Trash

The folder might not exist unless you delete something from the filesystem. In this case you would run into an error (saying that the folder does not exist).


If you want to open Trash using Nautilus run the following:

nautilus trash://
  • Or if you want to open the default app: "gvfs-open trash://". If Nautilus is your default, it will open the trash. Oct 3, 2017 at 11:19

For Ubuntu 18.04 and newer, use gio. For older versions, use gvfs-ls and gvfs-trash.

To read the trash:

gio list trash://
gvfs-ls trash://

To send files or directories to the trash:

gio trash [FILE or DIR]
gvfs-trash [FILE or DIR]

To empty it:

gio trash --empty
gvfs-trash --empty
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    This should be the accepted answer now, gio works for all mount point, which isn't the case of the accepted answer, also gio offers a better cli interface to trash handling
    – Brice
    Dec 13, 2019 at 13:02
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    How to restore/recover a file with gio? With trash-clie I can do trash-restore and then select a file to restore! I couldn't find an alternative with gio . see here Apr 27, 2020 at 7:59

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