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I am looking for a stable and production ready file manager / file explorer for (Ubuntu) Linux, which has a similar approach on UI and directory browsing as the standard Finder application on Mac OSX computers. Any recommandations anybody?

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    What is wrong with the default file manager of Ubuntu? – Cornelius May 26 '15 at 13:00
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    IDK about Finder but Dolphin is one of the finest and feature-rich file explorer available for GNU/Linux. – Firelord May 26 '15 at 14:20
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    @Cornelius, Ubuntu's default file manager ('nautilus') mimics the behaviour of Windows Explorer. The user interface concept is different to the concept of OSX finder. It's simply a matter of personal preferences, which concept you like more... – Bunjip May 26 '15 at 15:20
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    @Firelord Dolphin is quite similar to nautilus in terms of file browsing and user interface concept in general. – Bunjip May 26 '15 at 15:22
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Try Pantheon

It's the file explorer bundled in Elementary OS. The graphic interface is clearly inspired by the OSX Finder so I believe it's what you're looking for.

pantheon

Installation

Add the elementary repo

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable

Update

sudo apt-get update

Install

sudo apt-get install pantheon-files

Add-ons (optional)

sudo apt-get install pantheon-files-plugin-ubuntuone pantheon-files-plugin-dropbox

Or Thunar

In my opinion, Pantheon looks very much like a prettier version of Thunar (from XFCE) which you might want to check out as a lightweight alternative.

thunar

Installation

sudo apt-get install thunar
  • I hit a lot of unmet dependencies when I followed your instructions on Ubuntu 14. After trying to get Elementary to install I think it isn't compatible. Thunar installed easily. – jcollum Apr 9 '16 at 17:59
  • If you're using Elementary, Pantheon is actually already installed. – Huey Apr 9 '16 at 23:06

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