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I am using Ubuntu 11.10 (64 bits) and I do not want to mount automatically USB thumb drives in my system. I tried the command dconf-editor and gconf-editor but there isn't the icon to disable it in nautilus preferences (apps|nautilus|preferences|media_automount).

Thanks.

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From the command line

To disable Nautilus automount use this command in a terminal

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount false

To enable it again open a terminal and use this command

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount true

From the GUI

You first need to install dconf editor in Software Center. In my case it shows remove because I have already installed it

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Then you need to open dconf editor via Dash

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Then goto org.gnome.desktop.media-handling

You will find automount checkbox on right hand side. Uncheck it

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    I have "defaced" you answer with terminal instructions just in case a user does not want to install dconf-tools in his system, hope that is OK with you. Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 9:43
  • @ManishSinha Where can I find the setting in Ubuntu 14.04.?
    – JJD
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 12:54
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    @BrunoPereira +1, good job, personally I didn't want to install a GUI tool for such simple task :)
    – dariush
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 8:51
  • This didn't work via ssh, I got ` dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: Cannot autolaunch D-Bus without X11 $DISPLAY`
    – Stefan
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 11:43
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Install dconf-tools, and run dconf-editor. Then see in dconf-editor, key

org.gnome.desktop.media-handling/automount
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    If you don't already have dconf-editor installed you can find it in the Software Center. Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 16:48
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I believe you can find dconf-editor is part of dconf-tools. If you search for dconf, it should show up.

The key is under org. As posted, dig down to org.gnome.desktop.media-handling/automount.

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I'm copying Bruno Pereira's edit into its own answer, since because it doesn't involve installing any additional GUI tools, it's probably the most desirable option for most people.


If you prefer not to install anything extra in your system. You can use gsettings to change dconf keys.

To disable Nautilus automount use this command in a terminal

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount false

To enable it again open a terminal and use this command

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount true

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