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I have changed my Unity default file manager to Dolphin.

Problem: video thumbnails don't show up anymore.
In Nautilus the thumbnails are shown correctly.

How to make Dolphin show thumbnails?

4 Answers 4

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Thumbnailer

To show thumbnails the Dolphin will need the thumbnail plug in.

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Video thumbnailers for the Dolphin:

:~$ apt-cache show ffmpegthumbs
Package: ffmpegthumbs
Priority: optional
Section: universe/kde
...
Description: video thumbnail generator using ffmpeg
 FFMpegThumbs is a video thumbnail generator for KDE file managers
 like Dolphin and Konqueror.  It enables them to show preview images
 of video files using FFMpeg.
 .
 This package is part of the KDE multimedia module.

Homepage: http://www.kde.org/

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:~$ apt-cache show mplayerthumbs
Package: mplayerthumbs
Priority: optional
Section: universe/kde
...
Description: video thumbnail generator using mplayer
 MPlayerThumbs is a video thumbnail generator for KDE file managers
 like Dolphin and Konqueror.  It enables them to show preview images
 of video files using MPlayer.
 .
 This package is part of the KDE multimedia module.

Homepage: http://www.kde.org/

.

:~$ apt-cache show kffmpegthumbnailer
Package: kffmpegthumbnailer
Priority: extra
Section: universe/kde
...
Description: video thumbnailer for KDE
 kffmpegthumbnailer is a video thumbnailer based on ffmpegthumbnailer.
 The thumbnailer uses ffmpeg to decode frames from the video files.

Homepage: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/kffmpegthumbnailer?content=117562

Settings

To use the thumbnail you need to enable the thumbnailer from the Dolphin settings.

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  • @rofiquzzaki If this question helped you, please make it as the correct answer by clicking the icon under the ^ 0 v in this question.
    – Star OS
    Jan 5, 2016 at 11:12
  • @user26687 even with all that dolphin 15.12.3 on ubuntu 16.04 lts doesn't show thumbnails for files with spaces in their adddress.
    – mm-crj
    Jan 2, 2021 at 20:46
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In a terminal run

sudo apt install ffmpegthumbs mplayerthumbs kffmpegthumbnailer

then... change in dolphin settings as says in user26687's answer... works for me kubuntu 14.04lts in laptop n4010 dell

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  • Installed as suggested. A new menu item in dolphin appeared (Video Files (ffmpegthumbs)). However, thumbnails are still not generated :( Oct 7, 2018 at 14:47
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Now in Ubuntu 15.10 I needed another package for thumbnails to show:

sudo apt-get install kio-extras

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  1. Install the following packages: ffmpegthumbs mplayerthumbs kffmpegthumbnailer kio-extras
  2. Restart Dolphin
  3. Settings > Configure Dolphin > General > Behavior > View > Use common properties for all folders, OK
  4. Press the "Preview" button
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  • kio-extras did the trick for me, otherwise I couldn't see anything under General > Previews
    – user311189
    Sep 23, 2017 at 22:13

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