I switched to nemo a long time ago, because I think it's superior to nautilus in many ways. One small thing bothers me however:

Whenever I want to open a document in gedit (or evince, but I'm sure there are other programs as well) not the nemo file-selection window appears but the nautilus one.

I did of course replace nemo with nautilus as suggested in a lot of other posts:

 gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false


 xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

and also did

 ln -s /usr/bin/nemo /usr/local/bin/nautilus

in order to completely replace nautilus, but this doesn't help. Which program/executable is triggered when hitting open (Ctrl+o) in gedit/evince?

  • How did you install nemo?
    – jobin
    May 7, 2014 at 17:14
  • from here: launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/nemo. They say, that they are not responsible for this "bug" since this happens because of nautilus
    – wa4557
    May 7, 2014 at 18:14
  • Does this happen in say web browsers and all other applications with a save/open dialogue?
    – Xweque
    May 7, 2014 at 18:17
  • @wa4557: Can you point to the bug you are talking about?
    – jobin
    May 7, 2014 at 18:44
  • @Jobin: Well I haven't submitted a bug report yet (I'm not even sure it is a proper bug)
    – wa4557
    May 8, 2014 at 8:51

2 Answers 2


It's not a nemo vs nautilus issue. It's a GTK+2 vs GTK+3 issue. Apps written for GTK+2 will use the familiar-looking Humanity-themed file selection dialog, while apps written for GTK+3 will use the alien, hollow-looking default theme for GTK+3.

Unfortunately, the only way to get a consistent UX is to use all GTK+2 apps, or switch to a Qt-based DE like LXQT or KDE.



I think you have to run next commands:

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

And check Nemo is default:

xdg-mime query default inode/directory

Also here exists a guide to change https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DefaultFileManager

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    Wrong, but I don't have karma to burn. This is about the GTK file picker misfeature, not the default file manager.
    – andyn
    Nov 7, 2018 at 11:22

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