I am using Centos 7 with gnome3.

I would like to change the default file manager from Nautilus to Thunar.

I followed this : How to change the default filemanager of the Cinnamon desktop? but it's working only for the toolbar at the top. When I double-click a folder in the Desktop, Nautilus is opened.

Do I miss something ?

1 Answer 1


To change the default filemanager you can edit the file 


Don't know how to specify thunar but to use nemo over nautilus I do this:

thomas@localhost ~> cat .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list [Added Associations] inode/directory=nemo.desktop; 

Also if you are curious why the wrong filemanager is started if you click on a folder icon check the actual command the starter launches.

After resolving the issues (see comments) you also have to look in the file :


there you can change the filemanager also:

inode/directory=nautilus.desktop inode/directory=nemo.desktop*
  • It's exactly the link I sent in my post and what I did.
    – None
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 2:46
  • Sorry, I'm on my phone. Check what you missed because this answer covers everything you need to do.
    – Akito
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 2:47
  • xdg-mime default Thunar.desktop inode/directory is only for the current user
    – user192526
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 17:29

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