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Install Nemo file manager on Ubuntu Linux. Also learn how to set Nemo as default file manager in Ubuntu. Nemo file manager patched for Unity (no Cinnamon dependencies except cinnamon-translations).

One of the most striking feature of Nemo is its ability to “Open as root” and “Open in terminal”. Best of all, it displays an “elevated privileges” banner (see screenshot below) when running as root. It also brings new extensions such as nemo-image-converter, nemo-filename-repairer, nemo-emblems, and old extension got new updates and features.

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  • To install Nemo in Ubuntu Systems, run the following command to add the Nemo WebUpd8 PPA:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-fileroller
  • Please note that if you already have an older Nemo version installed, upgrade to the latest Nemo version, Run the following command to do so:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade
  • killall nemo

Once installed, open the Nemo file manager from the Ubuntu Dash or menu. Please note that you won’t see Nemo icon, but if you search for “Nemo”, the “Files” option shows up. Click on it to open Nemo.

Set Nemo as Default File Manager in Ubuntu

Change default filemanager to Nemo and make Nemo the default file browser in Ubuntu. I assume you have installed the Nemo File Manager. If not, you can follow the link given below:

You must stop Nautilus from handling the desktop icons and use Nemo file manager. To do so, use the following commands:

Install dconf-tools


  • sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

Nemo is enabled by default to draw the desktop icons. Simply, start Nemo or restart the session (log out and log in).

Set Nemo as Default File Manager

  • To set Nemo as the default file manager and replacing Nautilus, run the following command:

  • xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

Set Nautilus Back as the Default File Manager

If you want to set Nautilus back as the default file manager and replace Nemo, run the following commands:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

The above set of commands will set Nautilus as the default file manager.

Un-install Nemo

  • If you wantto un-install and remove Nemo, run the following command:

  • sudo apt-get remove nemo nemo-*
  • sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-nemo-*.list

    Nemo is the official file manager for the Linux Mint OS running the Cinnamon desktop.
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