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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:

/home/your_username/.local/share/Trash

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).

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

nautilus trash://
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  • 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
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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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