What's your favorite file explorer?

I’m on gnome using the default file explorer (nautilus) and it’s fine, but I wish there were more ways to display files, I like MacOS style. What’s your favorite?

Ephera
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I like Dolphin. It’s the most full-featured of the “classic” file managers that I’m aware of, and it doesn’t feel overloaded to me either.

Dessalines
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For a cli one, I highly recommend broot. Its written in rust, and is a really unique way to explore files in this hybrid search way.

@PeterLinuxer
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I love Thunar. I can open a terminal right in the current directory. Unfortunately you often have to install the icon set manually when you install it without Gnome.

I don’t know what Mac style means.

Helix
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I love Thunar. I can open a terminal right in the current directory.

Dolphin can do this, too, fyi. Not saying Thunar is bad, but that wouldn’t be Thunar’s killing feature for me. I like the multi-window behavior of Thunar and how it comes with sane defaults and does everything the Unix way: exactly a file manager, nothing more.

Dolphin does a bit more, but is still a very good FM. I use it because I have grown to like KDE Plasma.

Dessalines
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Same, thunar is my fave graphical one.

dandelion
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https://teddit.net/r/linux4noobs/comments/hwbnxx/trying_to_install_pantheon_file_manager/

12 months ago

Is there any other way through which I can install Pantheon File Manager. I wanted it because it has the column like file structure as in macOs.

If you are willing to go Elementary OS or Ubuntu 18.04 + PPA then that seems an option.

@PeterLinuxer
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Interesting style. I think no Linux file manager can display in that style.

Travis Skaalgard
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I also love Thunar. It’s exactly as fancy as I want it to be, with nothing extra. (to me)

@freakrho
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I was thinking I didn’t like the direction nautilus was taking, thunar looks nice, I’ll give it a try

Helix
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You can also try Caja, which is “the old Nautilus” from the MATE DE (continuation of Gnome 2, while modernising the codebase).

@freakrho
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sounds good, I’ll check it out

Tmpod
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I just rock Dolphin and it is really good. Has lots of features and the UI is great imo. As for TUI stuff, I have lf and nnn, I haven’t picked a definite daily driver. I don’t use file explorer much anyways, so I don’t have an awful lot to say.

@freely
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Ranger. But if you want GUI then Dolphin seemed good when I tried it

+1 ranger

@blank_sl8
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I like all the features and UI of Dolphin, though I’ve never gotten file indexing and search to work well in KDE.

@TechieDamien
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I usually just use a terminal ls-ing and cd-ing around, but when I use a file explorer, I use thunar which gets the job done.

Helix
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nnn is a CLI file manager closely resembling the “MacOS style”. Ranger would be another one.

Pantheon files, the GTK-based FM from the Pantheon desktop developed for elementaryOS, is probably the closest you can get to a Finder clone on Linux.

The name for the file management style from Finder you’re looking for is miller columns.

@Danrobi
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+1 nnn is the best

@leanleft
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did sombody speak?
i just heard this weird NNN sound.
what was that??

dandelion
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The name for the file management style from Finder you’re looking for is miller columns.

Interesting to know this. Thanks for sharing.

RandomSomeone
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My favourite one is Dolphin but I don’t think it can be called “the best”. Nemo would be my first option but since I’m using KDE Plasma, Dolphin is my choice for UI consistency.

Corstar
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Nemo File Manager. Hands down the best. Full of all the essential features and no fluff.

Forked back from the original Nautilus when it was usable, I couldn’t use whatever Gnome nautilus calls itself now.

Forks can be very healthy for a project, looking at you Audacity.

dandelion
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Kind of MacOS style with an XFCE4 applet (Raspberry Pi, Xubuntu).

@PureTryOut
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That… Seems absolutely awful.

@birokop
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That’s awesomeee!!! I wouldn’t use it though

@SudoDnfDashY
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Ranger because terminal. I like thuner too.

Helix
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Ranger because terminal.

There are lots of terminal file managers!

Have you tried nnn, for example?

ysu
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The terminal.

Iván Ruvalcaba
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I like caja (Mate DE).

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