Ubuntu – How to customize Nautilus to display directory tree in the sidebar


I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS a little while and I consider myself a beginner.

I am using the Nautilus file manager:

Nautilus screenshot

I wonder if you can navigate the folders through the directory tree, like in Windows through folders or the + sign.

Windows XP screenshot

Windows 7 screenshot

Best Answer

  • Install Nemo file manager in Ubuntu (Unity)

    Warning: do not use this PPA if you're using Linux Mint or if you use Cinnamon in Ubuntu! Also, if you've added any Cinnamon PPAs, remove them before using the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA even if you didn't install Cinnamon, or else the Nemo version in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA might be overwritten.

    Update: the PPA now provides Nemo 2.8 for Ubuntu 15.10, 15.04 and 14.04.

    Add the PPA and install the latest Nemo with Unity tweaks/fixes by using the commands below:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-fileroller

    To launch Nemo, search for "Nemo" in Dash - no application called "Nemo" will show up but instead an application called files should be displayed - that's the app you need to launch. Don't search for "Files" because that will also find Nautilus (which is also called "Files").

    Why use Nemo? Well, Nemo comes with a huge number of features that no longer exist in Nautilus (including treeview sidebar option). To see other tips like make Nemo your default file manager, etc. go to: