After upgrading to 13.10, nautilus stopped producing and showing thumbnail icons for images and videos.

Also in KDE environment, there's no longer a standard icon for nautilus in start menu (or its submenus).

How should I solve these problems with nautilus.


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‌ ‌Before upgrading both could have proper thumbnails.

  • Could you add a screen-shot of the first problem? For the second ,you may need to create or edit a launcher file.
    – Wilf
    Nov 24, 2013 at 13:54
  • added‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌. Nov 24, 2013 at 14:13
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    Here's a rather accurate solution for 13.10 and all past versions: askubuntu.com/a/179107/17065 Note the change in path from '.thumbnails' to '.cache/thumbnails'
    – isaaclw
    Dec 27, 2013 at 16:37

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For the first one, you just may need to edit the settings: Select preferences Preferences Dialog

If that fails, you may need to install the programs to thumbnail the files:

apt-get install....

Probably atleast one of these - at a guess (EDIT: this was for Ubuntu 13.04/10 - you can search here for thumbnailer packages - e.g. for 16.10):

gnome-sushi - file previewer 
libnautilus-extension1a - libraries for nautilus components - runtime version
nautilus-actions - nautilus extension to configure programs to launch
libthumbnailer-dev - development files for thumbnailer
libthumbnailer0 - generate thumbnails from files
gnome-exe-thumbnailer - Wine .exe and other executable thumbnailer for Gnome
gnome-raw-thumbnailer - RAW file thumbnailer for GNOME 
ooo-thumbnailer - thumbnailer for OpenOffice.org documents
kde-thumbnailer-deb - KDE plugin to show thumbnails of Debian package files
kdegraphics-strigi-plugins - transitional package for kdegraphics-related plugins
kdegraphics-thumbnailers - graphics file format thumbnailers for KDE SC
ffmpegthumbnailer - fast and lightweight video thumbnailer
ffmpegthumbnailer-dbg - debugging informations for ffmpegthumbnailer
ffmpegthumbs - video thumbnail generator using ffmpeg

For your second problem, remove this line from /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop (The launcher file for Nautilus - EDIT: For newer versions of Ubuntu use org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop instead of nautilus.desktop) :


You can edit it using nano for the entire system:

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop

or preferably for the current user:

cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
nano /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop
  • It was solved. thnx. Nov 24, 2013 at 14:27
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    Updated with answer and a guess for first problem - even though you may have solved it anyway.
    – Wilf
    Nov 24, 2013 at 17:18
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    Editing files in /usr/share is generally best avoided, since they can be overwritten by the package manager; copying .desktop files to ~/.local/share/applications and editing them there is more reliable. This should cause the system copy of the .desktop file to be ignored. askubuntu.com/a/117526/309061
    – GKFX
    Jan 12, 2017 at 19:08
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    @GKFX - thanks I know that now but apparently not 3 years ago :)
    – Wilf
    Jan 14, 2017 at 9:31

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