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Nautilus is the official file manager for the Gnome desktop environment. It is designed to be primarily a file manager, but there is support for web and file viewing too. This page is meant to help you find information about Nautilus.


Nautilus can be enhanced with various extensions. The available packages are named nautilus-*.

  • nautilus-emblems

    • Since version 3.4 Nautilus does not provide any more by default the possibility to add emblems to folders and files. This extension adds this capability to the Properties context menu. The extension is still in alpha stage, e.g. version 0.1.0 from DebianWheezy does not allow to remove emblems. This feature is added in the version from November 2013, however, it is necessary to refresh the Nautilus window (e.g. F5) after each change to see the added or removed emblem.

  • nautilus-open-terminal

    • allows to open a terminal in arbitrary local or distant folders. It provides a right-click "Open Terminal" option in any Nautilus window.


Since 2.8 GNOME fully supports the freedesktop.org standards.

Frequently Ask Questions (F.A.Q.)

  • Question: When using Nautilus and navigating through directories, randomly Nautilus becomes very slow. A "Loading" appears. Sometime up to 60 seconds delay between each directory. Same issue when using Nautilus to create new files or new directories.

  • Question: How to get a root nautilus

    • Answer: Open GKsu or another way get root and type nautilus in the terminal (in Gnome). The opened nautilus is a root file manager.

See also