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Nautilus Elementary screenshot

Since Nautilus Elementary 2.32.2 has just been uploaded to the PPA for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, I had to write a new post about installing it as well as some extra goodies.

Nautilus Elementary 2.32.2 comes with all the features the previous version had (but no new features) as well as many bug fixes. Also, the search is not using Zeitgeist anymore.

Install Nautilus Elementary 2.32.2 in Ubuntu 11.04 and 10.10

Add the Nautilus Elementary PPA and install the latest 2.32.2 in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 10.10 Maverick Meerkat using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

"sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" is required because Nautilus Elementary has some extra dependencies: ne-terminal-config and xterm.

Once installed, you must restart Nautilus using the following command:
nautilus -q

Extra options provided by Nautilus Elementary

So what does Nautilus Elementary provide that makes it so cool? On a first look you'll notice a revamped sidebar [1 - screenshot below] where in which the "Personal", "Devices" and "Network" categories have an expander. But that's just the beginning. Read on!


Nautilus Elementary

For some cool tweaks, head o head over to Edit > Preferences and you'll notice a new "Tweaks" tab. Here you can:
  • enable RGBA transparency (this doesn't work for me, I'm not sure why)
  • change the toolbar orientation to vertical
  • show breadcrumbs for the pathbar (your theme needs to support this) [2]
  • show zoom slider [3]
  • show mini view widget [4]

If you use a theme that doesn't support breadcrumbs, check out these 2 posts: Nautilus Elementary Breadcrumbs For Any Theme and Victory: Yet Another Nautilus Elementary Breadcrumbs Hack For Any Theme - it only takes a couple of commands to get any theme to use breadcrumbs with Nautilus Elementary.


Now head over to a folder where you have some pictures / wallpapers and press F4. This is ClutterFlow:

Nautilus Elementary Clutterflow

If you get a black region instead of ClutterFlow, open a terminal and paste this:
echo "export CLUTTER_VBLANK=none" | sudo tee -a /etc/environment

Then log out and log back in.

Embedded terminal

Nautilus Elementary

Nautilus Elementary also comes with an embedded terminal. Select View > Embedded Terminal or press F7. Navigating through folders, the Nautilus Elementary terminal will change folders too. And you can configure it: right click it and select "Configure Terminal". Here you can choose to show scrollbar, the default terminal height, colors and font.

Configurable toolbar

Nautilus Elementary

You can right click anywhere next to the toolbar / menubar and then select to hide various elements of the UI such as the main toolbar, side pane, menubar or statusbar. But don't worry, hiding the menubar will display an extra button on the toolbar and you can re-enable it temporarily by pressing F8.

And finally: you can customize the toolbar any way you want. You can even add the "Edit location" button that was removed from the upstream Nautilus. Simply right click the toolbar and select "Customize toolbar":

Nautilus Elementary

Gloobus Preview

Gloobus Preview

Nautilus Elementary comes with built-in Gloobus Preview keyboard shortcut: if you've installed Gloobus Preview, press SPACE to preview a picture, some document, music or video file, etc.

Gloobus Preview is designed to enable a full screen preview of any kind of file:

Gloobus Preview

Gloobus Preview is available in the Nautilus Elementary PPA for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal too (it has just been uploaded). Install it using the following command:
sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview

Uninstall Nautilus Elementary and install the upstream Nautilus back

Something went terribly wrong or you just don't like Nautilus Elementary? You can easily revert to the Nautilus version in the official Ubuntu repositories using the following commands:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

Then, restart Nautilus (or log out and log back in):
nautilus -q