Qt Based Lightweight File Manager for GNU/Linux – qtFM

“qtFM” is a simple and fast loading file manager for GNU/Linux platform. Although while I was testing it in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, the file manager had two menus, one on the Unity desktop’s top panel and another one on its window (replicant). But it’s easily solvable (more below) nonetheless.

It’s written in Qt but it has no KDE dependencies. So if you’ve setup say “openbox” and looking for a resources friendly file manager, then “qtFM” will come in handy.


Some of the main features …

*. The UI is very similar to the Nautilus and Thunar file managers.

At top a URL field and a tool-bar, to the left it has a “Tree” navigation area, bookmark section and to the right is the file & folder browser. Whenever you select a file it displays its details on the bottom tab.

*. Has 2 built in file views: Details or icon view (including showing hidden files).

*. Copy/Move/Delete/Create folders and files.

*. A file properties window showing that shows file size, name, created date, disk usage and permission changer.


*. Change keyboard shortcuts.

*. We can manually change which program should be used to open a file. For instance, when I double click a MP3 file in Ubuntu 11.10 (in qtFM of course) it opens the default audio player Banshee.

But I don’t use it that often so by using the file type change window I can manually change qtFM to open MP3 files using “Totem” media player. The ‘Open with’ drop-down list shows a big list of currently installed programs in your OS too.


*. We can even add and edit the items on the right click context menu as well.

*. We can change location and unlock them bookmark, Tree, Menu windows by simply grabbing and moving them around.

*. Tab support.

A simple right-click menu … (can be expanded using the “custom actions” window)

If interested you can install it in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by downloading the “.deb” files from this official qtFM home page (including packages for Fedora, OpenSuse and Arch).

Then once the download completes, just double click on it and Ubuntu Software Center should install it for you.


How to get rid of that menu-bar in Unity desktop (Ubuntu)?

Now as said before, if you’re using something like the Ubuntu 11.04 & 11.10, then qtFM might struggle with a menu-bar embedded into its window. The top panel menu works great in Unity and you can use the below procedure to remove the menu on its window.

1. Just remove the check mark under the option ‘Menu’ by click from its main menu as shown below.

“View” -> “Layout” -> “Menu”


Once that’s done, the embedded menu should be gone.

While keeping the user interface to a minimum ‘qtFM’ still gives a large number of options so the end user can tweak it according to his/her preference, thumbs up for this one!. Good luck.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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