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I'm running an Arch Linux machine with the cinnamon-git desktop from the Arch User Repository.

The default filemanager is Nautilus, is there any way to change the default filemanager to thunar?

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To change the default filemanager you can edit the file ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

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

/usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache

there you can change the filemanager also:

inode/directory=nautilus.desktop
inode/directory=nemo.desktop
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  • This does not work on Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle". Any idea what causes this?
    – aef
    Dec 17, 2012 at 4:12
  • @aef Do you have nemo installed, does the file exist?
    – Thomas
    Dec 17, 2012 at 8:51
  • Definitely yes.
    – aef
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:46
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    Got some last ideas: update-alternatives, /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache
    – Thomas
    Dec 17, 2012 at 17:13
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    /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache did the trick. I changed the line inode/directory=nautilus.desktop to inode/directory=nemo.desktop and now Nemo is opened by default.
    – aef
    Dec 17, 2012 at 17:55
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From the Gnome section of the Arch Linux Wiki:

You can trick GNOME into using another file browser by editing the Exec line in /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop. See the correct parameters in the .desktop file of the file manager of your choice, e.g.:

/usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop

[...]
Exec=thunar %F
OR
Exec=pcmanfm %U
[...]
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The accepted answer did not work for me. I had to run:

exo-preferred-applications

On Utilities tab, there is a selection for File Manager.

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/usr/share/applications/nemo.desktop

find the exec line that tells it what file manager you want to use instead and change it.

so:

 Exec=nemo

becomes:

 Exec=thunar

for Thunar to be you default file manager for cinnamon desktop.

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  • Would you mind explaining what to do with that file? Please keep in mind that answers on this site are expected to be as self-containing and self-explanatory as possible since we want them to benefit as wide an audience as possible, including those with limited U&L admin experience.
    – AdminBee
    Dec 15, 2020 at 8:08

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