In this article we will explore the Linux user interface file management system. We will also cover command based Linux file navigation and management. All the important commands that are beneficial for a beginner or intermediate level Linux user for file manager installation will be covered.
When working on different files, either text based or any language-specific files, it is important to manage these files. In the Linux operating system we have different kinds of file managers which are very easy to use. We can also do the installation using different commands which are there for each file manager.
The operations which are mostly required are copying, moving, deleting, renaming, searching, and changing privileges.
Below are some file managers which are user interface based.
File Management: User Interface System
The above mentioned are software developed to make operations easy when we are dealing with different files. We will discuss each manager and its specific benefit.
This file manager was designed to be the default file manager for the Xfce desktop environment. It was designed to make file management easy and fast. Thunar is the most preferred file manager. This has additional features which can be used to manage trash and the loading time and navigation is better than other file managers
It is a very efficient and robust file manager for Linux desktop environments.
Thunar can be downloaded using this link: https://gitlab.xfce.org/xfce/thunar
Three ways: aptitude, apt-get, apt
sudo apt install thunar - y
This is a UI-based free file manager under the standard file managers of LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). PCManFM was developed for Thunar and Dolphin, written from scratch by Hong jen Yee. All the build instructions, configuration, and setup have changed in this.
Drag and drop support was introduced, volume management, files can be dragged among other directories, and twin panels were also included into PCManFM. It also supports gvfs.
sudo apt - get install - y pcmanfm
This is also a free and open source file manager. Dolphin is included in the KDE applications bundle. It has become the default file manager for KDE-based desktop environments. It replaced Konqueror which was the default file manager for KDE SC, but Konqueror can still be used as an alternative file manager in place of Dolphin.
Breadcrumb bar, file previews, undo and redo functionality are included. It has sorting and file grouping on the basis of different categories which makes most things easier. It also has a file Indexer which is useful for file searching.
Official website: https://apps.kde.org/dolphin/
After the installation, search for Dolphin and the home screen will be seen as:
Command for updating Dolphin
Command for removing Dolphin
This file manager is the official file manager of GNOME desktop. This version has replaced Midnight Commander of GNOME 1.4 and until now has been the default file manager for GNOME. Nautilus was released under GNU Lesser Public License.
Its files internally rely on the file system layer which is provided by GVfs for fetching all the remote and local files. It keeps track of local file modification in real time. Its version also includes file compression and decompression.
It keeps a history of visited folders in real time and allows quick revisiting of all those folders. Audio files can be previewed when the mouse pointer is hovered over (like a YouTube hovering pointer over video thumbnail).
Official website: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Files
Repositories can be downloaded from: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/nautilus
Updating apt database
Nautilus will be downloaded and installation will be automatically done:
Uninstalling Nautilus and its dependencies