Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In pcmanfm and Thunar you can add bookmarks of folders to the left bar.

Are they stored somewhere in the filesystem as symlinks?

I´d like to use the bookmarks from other applications (terminal etc.), too.

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

No, (at least in pcmanfm) they are not stored as symlinks; they are stored in .gtk-bookmarks, a plain text file, like so:

file:///home/jason/Music Music
file:///home/jason/Videos Videos
share|improve this answer
I have both PCManFM and Thunar installed. The first because my OS is Lubuntu 12.10. Thunar was installed recently. As you pointed out .gtk-bookmarks stores the information bookmarked by PCManFM and it is read and used by Thunar as well. – user15760 Apr 17 '13 at 1:49

Here is some new information for Thunar, it recently (probably 2015-02) changed:

  • previous location: ~/.gtk-bookmarks
  • current location: ~/.config/gtk-3.0/
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.