Installing Nemo file manager in Ubuntu Linux
Open the terminal (you can use Ctrl+Alt+T terminal shortcut in Ubuntu) and use the following command:
sudo apt install nemo
That’s it. It may take some time in downloading and installing Nemo, depending upon your internet speed.
Once installed you can see some icons on the desktop to access Nemo file manager. Mind that if you look for Nemo in Unity Dash, it will be shown as Files and not as Nemo. But you can distinguish between Nemo and Files (Nautilus) by the icons.
Once you have installed Nemo file manager in Ubuntu, you’ll see that Nautilus is still the primary file manager in the system.
Now, let’s see how can you make Nemo the default file manager in Ubuntu.
Make Nemo default file manager in Ubuntu
Open the terminal and use the following command:
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
And then you can set up Nemo to handle the desktop completely with the following commands (in the given order):
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true
The first command disables the handling of desktop by Nautilus and the second one enables Nemo to take its place.
You should also add nemo-desktop in the list of startup applications.
That’s it. You have just made Nemo the default file manager in Ubuntu. You can verify it by using
xdg-open $HOME command in the terminal. The tutorial to make Nemo default file manager should also work with other versions of Ubuntu.