Nemo (file manager)

Nemo is a free and open-source software and official file manager of the Cinnamon desktop environment. It is a fork of GNOME Files (formerly named Nautilus).

Nemo file manager
Screenshot of Nemo v4.0.6
Developer(s)Linux Mint
Initial releaseSeptember 2012 (2012-09)
Stable release
4.4.0[1] / 16 November 2019 (2019-11-16)
Operating systemUnix-like
Available inMultilingual
TypeFile manager
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License


Nemo version 1.0.0 was released in July 2012 along with version 1.6 of the Cinnamon,[3] reaching version 1.1.2 in November 2012.[4] It started as a fork of the GNOME file manager Nautilus v3.4[5][6][7] after the developers of the operating system Linux Mint considered that "Nautilus 3.6 is a catastrophe".[8][9][10] Developer Gwendal Le Bihan named the project "nemo" after Jules Verne's famous character Captain Nemo, who is the captain of the Nautilus.[10]


Nemo v1.0.0 had the following features as described by the developers:[10]

  • Uses GVfs and GIO
  • All the features Nautilus 3.4 had and which are missing in Nautilus 3.6 (all desktop icons, compact view, etc.)
  • Open in terminal (integral part of Nemo)
  • Open as root (integral part of Nemo)
  • File operations progress information (when copying or moving files, one can see the percentage and information about the operation on the window title and so also in the window list)
  • Proper GTK bookmarks management
  • Full navigation options (back, forward, up, refresh)
  • Ability to toggle between the path entry and the path breadcrumb widgets
  • Many more configuration options

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