Does anyone know how I can change the default open folder in Nautilus

How to let Nautilus open documents directory by default instead of home directory?

  • Sorry yes you are wright. I meant open the directory Documents instead of the home directory? Oct 5, 2017 at 18:03

1 Answer 1


You can

  • use the methods described in the 'duplicate of' link,

    How to set default opening folder for Nautilus file manager?

  • simply run the following command in a terminal window,

    nautilus --new-window ~/Documents
  • you can use that command line in a desktop file and start Nautilus via that desktop file. If this is what you want, you can copy

    cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop ~/Desktop

    and edit the line that starts with Exec=

    nano /home/vidar/Desktop/nautilus.desktop

    where you should use your actual user ID (which I guess is vidar).

    Exec=nautilus --new-window /home/vidar/Documents

    Give execute permissions to this file

    chmod ugo+x /home/vidar/Desktop/nautilus.desktop

    I think it will be called 'Files' on the desktop.

    Finally, use this modified desktop file (by double-clicking on its icon).

  • 2
    +1 though it seemed Op wanted nautilus to always open @ Documents. In that case put it in ~/.local/share/applications folder
    – doug
    Oct 5, 2017 at 20:55
  • You may be right @doug. Let us hope the OP will tell us exactly what he wants and what solution he selects :-)
    – sudodus
    Oct 5, 2017 at 21:08

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