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?

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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.

@ajz
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https://teddit.net/r/linux4noobs/comments/hwbnxx/trying_to_install_pantheon_file_manager/

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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??

@ajz
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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.

@ajz
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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).

@joojmachine
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I’d love Nautilus if it weren’t for some stupid decisions (I believe it’s not a bug), I still use it but I enjoy Dolphin more.

LIKE, WHY THE HELL CANT I OPEN ANOTHER TERMINAL THAN GNOME TERMINAL FROM THE CONTEXT MENU?

@Echedenyan
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TDE Konqueror and Nautilus.

For CLI, Midnight Commander.

IngrownMink4
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Nautilus.

@glubunny
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Thunar, but it’s really buggy. I keep telling myself I should find some free time to contribute some patches.

@PeterLinuxer
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What bugs? (I didn’t encounter any. I use Thunar version 1.8.14)

@glubunny
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Display bugs: whenever something changes in the underlying file system, the changes are not always reflected. Backend bugs: deleting files causes CPU usage to soar up for whatever reason. Long standing bug, might be related to GVFS, but still not really sure. I also got a few crashes but can’t remember exactly.

Compared to KDE Dolphin it also lacks some much needed features, such as the dialog window when copying files with filename conflict which could display more information (and a thumbnail).

I contributed some patches in the past, and the maintainer is a really cool person. Just need to find time to contribute more…

@PeterLinuxer
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Thanks for your contributions in the past and for considering contributing in the future. It’S perfectly understandanble that you (like everybody) have limited time.

I’m not sure about the bugs you mentioned. I haven’t had a Thunar bug for a while. But I remember vaguely now that some large file operations aborted silently before being completed. When I delete several hundreds of files on an USB stick it takes forever but I thought this is due to the filesystem (freeing up every single cluster) and not specific to Thunar, but I may be wrong on this.

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