Install Marlin File Browser on Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint

By Umair Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Most long term Ubuntu users here must have been familiar with the now defunct Nautilus-Elementary project. The project's lead, nicknamed ammonkey, is now working on a full blown Nautilus-Elementary inspired file browser for Linux called Marlin. Marlin is supposed to become the default file browser of Elementary OS in the near future. Though Marlin is still a work-in-progress, it already looks promising. Let's give Marlin a try in Ubuntu 11.10.

Marlin File Browser Project
  • Nautilus Elementary project kicked off with the intention of simplifying Nautilus file browser and users loved it. "How to install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu" was one of the most sought-after search terms in our blog. I used to get regular emails from readers asking about various aspects of the project.
  • Well, all that is behind now. Marlin file browser is the successor of Nautilus Elementary project. While the latter was, afterall, just an improved Nautilus, Marlin intends to rediscover file browsing completely. And results are slowly starting to show up.

Marlin File Browser in Ubuntu 11.10 Unity
  • Though these are still early days, Marlin file browser is pretty nicely integrated with Ubuntu Unity already.

  • Yeah that's right, pretty decent Unity Quicklists support built-in. 'New Window as Root' is a nifty addition to an already awesome Quicklist.
  • Latest iteration of Marlin file browser comes with a number of new feature additions to the right-click menu including really useful ones like 'Open in Terminal' and 'Compress'. There is this 'Delete Permanently' option which is also quite unique.
  • Beautifully executed Marlin preferences menu. As you can see, there is extensions support as well. At the moment, Ubuntu One and Dropbox extensions for Marlin are available.

Install merlin on Ubuntu and Linux Mint open Terminal and enter commands:
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily  
 sudo apt-get update  
 sudo apt-get install marlin  
But Remember Merlin is work-in-progress, so you can face some problems using this.

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