13 Ways to Tweak Nautilus File Manager in Linux to Get More Out of it

Nautilus is GNOME’s default file manager application, and you may have seen it in many Linux distributions.

It’s a good file manager with plenty of features. However, you can enhance your experience by employing some tweaks and tips.

I am going to share such tips and tweaks in this article. Some tweaks may require installing additional Nautilus plugins, while some are built-in but lesser-known features. A few tips are purely cosmetic and just change the look and feel.

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GNOME’s default file explorer used to be called Nautilus. It is now called Files. However, seasoned Linux users still refer to it as Nautilus. I have used both terms here.

One more thing. You don’t have to try and install each Nautilus plugin. Read the article and go with the ones that would be helpful for you.

I have added the Nautilus extension commands for Ubuntu/Debian. If you are using some other distribution, please use your package manager to install them.

1. Show the number of items in folders

You can show how many files and folders are inside a folder in GNOME Files.

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Nautilus provides an extension to wipe files securely and fill the empty places so that data can not be recovered anymore.

Install the Nautilus extension first.

sudo apt install nautilus-wipe

And then restart the file explorer:

nautilus -q
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Now, close all instances of file manager and open it again. To see the preview, select a file and press the Space key.

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Out of itsudo apt install imagemagick nautilus-image-converter

After it is installed, quit nautilus with nautilus -q and re-open nautilus.

Now select the image and right-click to get resize and rotate images.

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