I had set Nemo as default file manager on my Unity desktop. I want return to old configurations and Nautilus be my default file manager. How can I do that?


This will reset Nautilus as the default:

xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

(the last one is to refresh the desktop)


open your terminal and paste this line.

sudo mv /usr/bin/nemo /usr/bin/nemo.back && sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/nemo

Hope that helps.

  • why neg vote ? that answer will help.
    – rɑːdʒɑ
    Feb 3 '14 at 10:55
  • I don't know who voted as negative. I am voting as positive to recover its effect. Your solution is correct but remove Nemo as file manager, I want use it when I need it. I want change default manager only.
    – Huseyin
    Feb 3 '14 at 10:59
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    Hmmm I can imagine that linking nautilus with nemo might not be the correct method. Not that I am the one (I made it +1 ;)).
    – Rinzwind
    Feb 3 '14 at 11:01
  • It wont remove nemo . nemo is there but its moved to nemo.back name
    – rɑːdʒɑ
    Feb 3 '14 at 11:02

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