I would like to replace Nautilus(Default gnome shell file manager) with Nemo file manger in Gnome 3.

How can I do that ?


Based on here,

After Nemo file manager installation, set Nemo as default File-Manager and allow desktop handling by Nemo open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

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

Now enter this command in terminal to check that now Nemo is your default file manager :

xdg-mime query default inode/directory

If you want to go back with Nautilus as default File Manager try these commands:

xdg-mime default nautilus*.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
  • After changing, the places function in the top bar didn't work anymore. Removing and re-enabling it made it work with Nemo. – SPRBRN Apr 11 '17 at 10:59

You can easily install nemo without cinnamon dependencies, as shown here:

Warning: do not use this PPA if you're using Linux Mint or if you use Cinnamon in Ubuntu! Also, if you've added any Cinnamon PPAs, remove them before using the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA even if you didn't install Cinnamon, or else the Nemo version in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA might be overwritten.

  1. Install Nemo:
    Update: the PPA now provides Nemo 2.6 for Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and 15.04!
    Add the PPA and install the latest Nemo with Unity tweaks/fixes by using the commands below:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-fileroller
  • Works in 16.04 on ubuntu GNOME as well – Michael Cole Feb 3 '17 at 21:45

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