How to install and use Nemo file manager in Ubuntu Linux?

Nemo is a fork of GNOME Files and is the official file manager of Cinnamon desktop. It is lightweight and fast and comes with some great features.

It has native support for FTP and MTP. Its name was given after Jules Verne’s famous character Captain Nemo who is the captain of Nautilus.

In this article, I will discuss how to install and make Nemo your default file manager in Ubuntu Linux.

Features of Nemo file manager

The key features of Nemo file manager are given below –

  • Free and opensource
  • Uses GNOME’s virtual file system (GVfs and GIO)
  • Display progress information of files or folder operations
  • Full navigation options
  • Ability to toggle between path entries
  • Native support for FTP and MTP

How to install Nemo on Ubuntu

The Nemo file manager is available in the official repository of Ubuntu. You can install it either from Ubuntu Software or by using the apt package manager.

Before you install a package make sure the apt package repository is updated –

sudo apt update

Next, use the given command to install the Nemo using apt command –

sudo apt install nemo

Press y and then enter if it asks for your confirmation.

You can verify the installation of Nemo file manager by using –

nemo --version

This will display the version of the Nemo file manager installed on your system –

nemo version

Accessing file and folder with Nemo file manager in Ubuntu

After installing the Nemo file manager successfully, you can launch it from the Ubuntu activities dashboard.

Search Nemo and click on its icon when appears as you can see in the image below.


OR use the given command in your terminal to open Nemo file manager –


Now you can see the home directory opened with the Nemo file manager in the given image –

nemo file manager

Set Nemo as your default file manager on Ubuntu

To display your current file manager use –

xdg-mime query default inode/directory

This will display the given output –

check default file manager

Now use the given command to make Nemo your default file manager on Ubuntu –

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

How to remove Nemo from Ubuntu

For any reason, if you want to remove Nemo from Ubuntu then use –

sudo apt remove nemo -y

Remove any dependencies using –

sudo apt autoremove


Ok, so I hope you have set up Nemo file manager on Ubuntu correctly. Now if you have a query or feedback then write us in the comments below.

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