How can you filter out files in a given folder by typing in characters into a "filter by" box? Is there a script or extension that will enable this functionality in Nautilus?


In Natulius press "CTRL + F", and search for '.[extension]'.

For example, to locate all the MP3s in a folder you'd type '.mp3'.

  • Can you prevent this from listing the contents of subfolders?
    – ændrük
    Jun 10 '11 at 8:01
  • That does not get you all mp3's it will get you files ending on .mp3 (subtle but important difference ;) )
    – Rinzwind
    Jun 10 '11 at 11:13
  • This is true, although you could use the 'by type' to select music. I do not know of a way of filtering only the current folder without resorting to the terminal. Jun 10 '11 at 14:40

Ctrl+S, then any regular expression.

Sources: 1, 2

  • Annoyingly, in Ubuntu 14.04 at least this only selects one (seemingly random) entry matching the expression.
    – mindriot
    Feb 12 '16 at 15:00

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