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Thunar is a modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. Thunar has been designed from the ground up to be fast and easy to use. Its user interface is clean and intuitive and does not include any confusing or useless options by default. Thunar starts up quickly and navigating through files and folders is fast and responsive. It is written in GTK+ 3.


USE flags

USE flags for xfce-base/thunar File manager for the Xfce desktop environment

exif Add support for reading EXIF headers from JPEG and TIFF images
introspection Add support for GObject based introspection
libnotify Enable desktop notification support
pcre Add support for Perl Compatible Regular Expressions
trash-panel-plugin Build the trash status indicator plugin for the XFCE panel
udisks Enable storage management support (automounting, volume monitoring, etc)


Emerge Thunar:

root #emerge --ask xfce-base/thunar

Additional software


GVfs comes with a set of backends, including trash support, SFTP, SMB, HTTP, DAV, and many others.

Thunar will interact with gvfs via udisks when the udisks USE is enabled.

In the location dialog (opened with Ctrl+L) type one of the following: smb://, ftp://, ssh://, sftp://, davs:// followed by the server hostname or IP address.


Tumbler is an external program to generate thumbnails.

root #emerge --ask xfce-base/tumbler


Automatic management of removable devices in Thunar.

To let Thunar handle automatic mounting, one must launch thunar in daemon mode.

Make sure the command thunar --daemon is autostarted on login.

root #emerge --ask xfce-base/thunar-volman


A lightweight and fast raw image thumbnailer that can be used to display raw thumbnails.

root #emerge --ask media-gfx/raw-thumbnailer


Thunar taking a long time to start

In some cases it has been reported that Thunar would take a long time to start for the first time. This is caused by gvfs checking the network and preventing Thunar to start until the operation finishes. If this is an issue, it may be possible to edit /usr/share/gvfs/mounts/network.mount and change AutoMount=true to AutoMount=false.

See also

  • DolphinKDE's file manager that allows navigating and browsing the contents of hard drives, USB sticks, SD cards, and more. Creating, moving, or deleting files and folders is simple and fast.
  • File managers — a computer program that allows for the manipulation of files and directories on a computer's filesystem.
  • PCManFM — a powerful yet lightweight file manager application, default file manager of LXDE.
  • Recommended applications — applications recommended for use in a graphical environment (X11, Wayland)