How To Install Nemo 2.2 (And Use It As Default, As A Replacement for Nautilus/Files) On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr has been released a while ago, using Nautilus (Files) as the default file manager. If you are not a fan on Nautilus (Files), you can install Nemo, a fork of Nautilus 3.4, developed by the Linux Mint team and used by default on Cinnamon.

The latest version available is Nemo 2.2, part of the Cinnamon 2.2 desktop environment.

How To Install Nemo 2.2 (And Use It As Default, As A Replacement for Nautilus/Files) On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

How To Install Nemo 2.2 (And Use It As Default, As A Replacement for Nautilus/Files) On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

In this article I will show you how to install Nemo 2.2 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Nemo 2.2 on Ubuntu 14.04 is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the nemo package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-fileroller

After the installation has been done, you can set Nemo as the default file manager, by using this oneliner:

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

Also, if you want to use the Nemo icons, do:

$ gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

This is it. Optional, to revert the changes, do:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
$ xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
$ sudo apt-get remove nemo*

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2 comments on “How To Install Nemo 2.2 (And Use It As Default, As A Replacement for Nautilus/Files) On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
  1. anacron says:

    Thanks works like a charm

  2. mediaphysis says:

    Nice instructions! Thanks!

    I’ve a little question: after installation, running nemo some gdm3 settings are bypassed. For example: in the “Tweak Tool” I set the “Icons on desktop” option on “Off” and everything goes right till using Nautilus. If I run Nemo, then the desktop populates with all icons of the Desktop dir (that I would like to hide). Are there some solutions to solve this little “problem”? Thanks in advance!
    I’m working on a Debian Jessie box (Krnl 3.14-2-686-pae)

    Enrico

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