DFileManager: browse files like album arts

DFileManager is a new Qt5 based file manager resembling Finder from Mac in look an feel. It offers multiple file views but the most interesting (and advertised) one is the cover flow view where you can slide through the items in your directory, which is particularly useful for directories with pictures. Perhaps not very efficient for directories with other types of files but who can question the aesthetics of Mac?


  • 4 views: Icons, Details, Columns, and Cover Flow
  • Categorised bookmarks with Places and Devices
  • Tabs
  • Simple searching and filtering
  • Customizable thumbnails for filetypes including multimedia files
  • Information bar which can be undocked
  • Open folders and files with one click
  • Option to queue IO operations
  • Remembers some view properties for each folder
  • Show hidden files
  • Works with multiple DEs (& OSes) as written in Qt


DFileManager is not available as a package yet and has to be compiled from source. You need to have Qt5 development environment. Run:

$ sudo apt-get install qt5-default qt5-qmake libqt5x11extras5-dev
$ git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/dfilemanager/code dfilemanager-code 
$ cd dfilemananger-code
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake ../ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr
$ make
$ sudo make install


To start it from the cmdline:

$ dfm


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