How can I navigate folders and subfolders at the same time?

Like "column view" in Mac OS X.

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Edit 2: I use Ubuntu 14.04 and I couldn't install Marlin, so I installed "Pantheon File Manager" instead.

  • But of those 14 only dolphin has miller columns as far as i see. Did I overlook something?
    – user50910
    Mar 19, 2012 at 1:18
  • Shouldn't this be reported as a bug in Dolphin? Miller columns should always use single click. Mar 21, 2012 at 22:10
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    I hope you are aware of tabs in the file broswer. If not press Ctrl + t for a new tab in the same window.
    – jobin
    Apr 3, 2014 at 15:55
  • I mean column view, and thank you for adding the image, i can't because i have less that 10 rep. Apr 3, 2014 at 16:12

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Yes I got it.. It's marlin file manager


If you want to install execute following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install marlin

Hope it helps you..

  • +1. I think its Ctrl+1 for Files 3.10.
    – jobin
    Apr 3, 2014 at 16:10
  • Yeah, the same but in column view not tree. Apr 3, 2014 at 16:13
  • @Jobin: It's ctrl + 2 in nautilus installed in 12.04.. :P Actually there is a file manager which shows exactly the same way as OP wants.. But I'm not able to remember it.. Apr 3, 2014 at 16:15
  • Yes, that's what i mean, thank you, i will install marlin now. Apr 3, 2014 at 16:30
  • That's lame because you have to add a repository, which is a security risk. Apr 3, 2014 at 20:31

This is one of the main reasons I always use List View:

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It's not always ideal.

Some file managers have a multi-pane option. Nautilus used to but this was stripped back. There has been a bit of a struggle to get it back but I'm not sure how viable that is now.

I use Dolphin these days (I'm also a KDE user so that makes sense for me) which might be an option if you're doing this a lot. List view plus split screen FTW:

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  • Hmmm, i like list view, but it confuse me when i have lot files, so am looking for "column view", similar to multi-pane that you said. Apr 3, 2014 at 16:27

You can use Marlin, which is much less buggy than it was before, or Pantheon Files, which is forked from Marlin for the elementaryOS.

Installation instructions may be found on the following Q&A:

How can I colour code my files like on a Mac?

  • I just gave marlin another try, segfault after 15 seconds. I fear it still isn't ready for prime time.
    – user50910
    Apr 5, 2013 at 0:11

Your best choice is ranger, which is terminal based.

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    Can you provide more information about how to install ranger (and perhaps also how to use it)? Oct 1, 2012 at 3:22
  • ranger is available from the Ubuntu repos since 11.10.
    – user50910
    Apr 5, 2013 at 0:21

Nautilus, the file browser in Ubuntu supports mutliple tabs. You can have multiple locations open in the same window, but in different tabs.

  • To open a new tab in Nautilus, press Ctrl+t.

  • To open a folder in a new tab, focus on the folder and type Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

  • To close a tab, press Ctrl+w


According to wikipedia, Marlin does not have any download files registered with Launchpad as of November 2016.

This was still true as of April 2019, and currently in 2020, so entering the following in the terminal will probably not work:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install marlin

...and most likely you will get an error like Unable to locate package marlin

Instead try the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pantheon-files

f.y.i. pantheon files is the file manager for Elementary OS, and is forked from Marlin:

Thanks @jmunsch

  • Thank you, that's why I left Ubuntu and now I'm using Elementary OS. Apr 19, 2020 at 0:17
  • @IhabShoully how is it? it was sort of buggy last time i played around with it ~3 years ago. ...for what it's worth, I've sort of taken a liking to MX Linux lately.
    – user443059
    Apr 19, 2020 at 9:42
  • Yes, it was buggy then but now it's stable. Apr 23, 2020 at 1:30
  • Cool! i'll have to give it a second look...
    – user443059
    Apr 23, 2020 at 2:04

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