How To Install And Make Nemo The Default File Manager In Ubuntu 13.04

Nemo, the default file manager of Linux Mint is a fork of popular file manager Nautilus in Gnome. Linux Mint has improvised a few things in its distribution and two notables among them are Cinnamon and Nemo. The latest version of Nautilus (called Files) has not been liked by a significant number of users. It doesn’t have status bar, no compact list view and more over the backspace key does not work any more and you’ll have to use arrow keys to navigate (one of the seven things I hate in Ubuntu 13.04).

These are some of the reasons why some users prefer Nemo over Nautilus. Even if you have no disliking of Nautilus, you can still give Nemo a try, just to experiment a little. Lets see how can we install Nemo File Manager in Ubuntu 13.04.

Install Nemo in Ubuntu 13.04:

Open the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install nemo

That’s it. It will take sometime to download and install Nemo. Once installed you can see some icons on desktop to access Nemo file manager. Mind that if you look for Nemo in Unity Dash, it will be shown as Files and not as Nemo. But you can distinguish between Nemo and Files (Nautilus) by the icons.

Nemo File Manager In Ubuntu 13.04

Once you have installed Nemo file manager in Ubuntu 13.04, you’ll see that Nautilus is still the primary file manager in the system. Lets see how can you make Nemo the default file manager in Ubuntu.

How to make Nemo default file manager in Ubuntu 13.04:

Open the terminal and use the following command:

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

And then you can set up Nemo to handle the desktop completely with the following commands (in the given order):

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true

The first command disables the handling of desktop by Nautilus and the second one enables Nemo to take its place.

That’s it. You have just made Nemo the default file manager in Ubuntu 13.04. You can verify it by using xdg-open $HOME command in the terminal. The tutorial to make Nemo default file manager should also work with other versions of Ubuntu. Any questions, suggestions or a world of thanks is always welcomed. Ciao :)

  • Greg Worley

    In:
    set up Nemo to handle the desktop completely with the following commands (in the given order):
    Make sure to add false to the end:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for noticing it. Actually, it is the theme that has not parsed the pre code tags well and hence the command has been truncated in the display. I am going to edit it :)

  • Felipe Castillo

    Is there a way to put Quicklist on Nemo?

  • Hitesh Maheshwari

    When I did this these icons came on my desktop. and i’m not able to remove them. :’(
    please suggest something. :’(