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Nemo 3.4 Without Cinnamon Dependencies Available In PPA For Ubuntu 17.04 And 16.04

Nemo 3.4 (3.4.7 at the time I’m writing this article) without Cinnamon dependencies and with Unity patches is now available in the WebUpd8 Nemo 3 PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04.
While it comes with some Unity patches, this Nemo version should work with other desktop environments as well, like GNOME (Shell), etc.

Nemo 3.4 file manager

Nemo was forked from the old Nautilus 3.4 (before it lost quite a few features) and is the default file manager of the Cinnamon desktop environment. It includes features that are no longer available in Nautilus, such as dual panes, configurable toolbar and much, much more.

Among the changes in Nemo 3.4 are:

  • separate processes for Nemo and the desktop handling;
  • a new desktop icon mode is available: desktop grid. This new mode allows changing the icon size (smaller, normal, larger) as well as the icon orientation (horizontal or vertical), sort by name, date, type or size, auto-arrange or manual layout, and align to grid;
  • simpler date formats for the last modified column in list view;
  • wildcard support in file searches;
  • Firefox-like support for middle-click and Ctrl key in Nemo navigation buttons to open new tabs;
  • you can now change the desktop font (font face and size). To do this, use Dconf Editor (under org > nemo > desktop > font);
  • other improvements and bug fixes.

Nemo 3.4 file manager

Note that the new desktop grid mode is set as default. If you want to use the old desktop layout, use Dconf Editor to enable it (go to org > nemo > desktop > use-desktop-grid and set it to false).
You can configure the spacing for the new desktop grid layout. You can do this using Dconf Editor, under org > nemo > desktop > horizontal-grid-adjust (or vertical-grid-adjust).
I also have to mention that if you set the layout to horizontal while using the new desktop grid, this will also affect the old desktop layout if you go back to it. I’m not sure if this is intended or it’s a bug. Also, while using the old desktop layout with a horizontal icon orientation, there’s a bug – when moving a file when moving a file or folder from one desktop to another, the file/folder continues to show up on the original desktop until that desktop is refreshed (e.g. using Ctrl + r).

Install Nemo 3.4 without Cinnamon dependencies and with Unity patches in Ubuntu 17.04 or 16.04

For how to install the latest Nemo 3.4 in Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04 (and derivatives), see THIS article (it was initially posted for Nemo 3.2, but the PPA now provides Nemo 3.4).

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Polo Is An Interesting New GTK3 File Manager (Beta)

Developed by Tony George, who’s also behind other fairly popular applications such as Selene Media Converter, TimeShift backup tool, and more, Polo is only available for users who donate for now. The stable release will be available for all users, however, those who donate will get a few extra features.


Polo File Manager


Polo is a new file manager that aims at providing features that are missing from popular file managers. The application is currently in beta, and it lacks some feature, but it already looks very promising.

For example, the developer wants to include built-in support for multiple cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and others, using rclone as a backend.


Another feature that’s missing in many graphical file managers is being able to browse archives as if they were folders. This is another feature that Polo should get before its first stable release. There should also be a built-in GUI for creating archives, similar to the one used by 7zip in Windows.
These two features are currently not available in Polo.
The current Polo beta 3 already includes quite a few interesting features though. The file manager supports tabs, along with multiple panes. You can use 2 panes, either vertical or horizontal, and even 4 panes:


Polo File Manager


There are context menu items to easily copy files or folders from one pane to another, as well as a middle toolbar that provides these, along with other options.
Another cool feature available in the Polo Beta 3 version I tested is session support. Polo remembers the last session and it reloads it the next time it runs. It restores not only open tabs and the pane layout, but also open directories.
The Polo toolbar and pathbar are highly configurable, allowing you to enable or disable various buttons:


Polo File Manager


You can also configure the toolbar to display large icons, show only labels, labels beside icons, and use a dark background.


Polo File Manager
Polo file properties – audio info


Polo File Manager
Polo bookmarks

Other Polo features worth mentioning:

  • multiple views: list, icons, tiles and media;
  • easily open folders as root (with pkexec support);
  • extended details when replacing existing files;
  • statusbar that displays the number of files, folders (including hidden), along with available disk space and a disk space indicator, and the filesystem type;
  • bookmarks support (web browser-like: a star is displayed at the right of the pathbar);
  • media view: when Polo detects you’re browsing a folder containing photos or videos, it switches to a 256×256 size icon view to make it easier to browse through items;
  • media info in the file properties dialog, which displays EXIF tags (such as exposure, iso, camera model and much more) and audio info (artist, album, track name, along with audio format, bit rate, etc.), PDF metadata, etc.
  • tabs can be renamed;
  • keyboard shortcuts;
  • toolbar button and context menu to open current folder in a terminal.


Work in progress


Besides built-in cloud service and archive support, the developer also wants to add support for Nemo extensions in the future.
The audio preview feature that was available in Nautilus 2, which allowed hovering over audio files to preview them, might be implemented as well.
One feature that won’t be implemented is desktop handling (drawing the wallpaper / desktop icons).
I should also mention that in its current state, Polo is not suitable for daily use.

While in my test, I only encountered two major bugs (very slow copying folders with a large number of files and the app crashes when entering a folder with a large number of images), there are a few major features that are missing, like support for drag’n’drop and trash, along with many missing bits and pieces (like type-ahead). And, of course, there are some bugs as well. But that’s to be expected since Polo is beta software.

The next beta version is expected to be released on April 15 (initially it was April 8, but it was delayed).


Getting Polo file manager


Like I mentioned in the beginning of the article, Polo is currently only available for users who donate. The stable version will be available for all, with some extra features for donors.
Check out the Polo tag on Tony George’s website for how to donate, along with more information about Polo, including completed and pending feature status.

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Nemo 3.2.0 With Unity Patches And Without Cinnamon Dependencies Available In New PPA For Ubuntu 16.04 And 16.10

Nemo 3.2.0 with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10. To make it easy to go back to Nemo 2.8.0 for Ubuntu 16.04 users in case something doesn’t work properly (because there were quite a few under the hood changes in Nemo), I decided to upload the latest Nemo 3.2.0 to a new PPA.


Nemo 3.2.0 Unity

For those not familiar with Nemo, this is the default Cinnamon file manager, forked from the old Nautilus 3.4. Nemo features include:
  • dual pane (can be enabled from the View menu or using the F3 key)
  • unified, configurable toolbar (you can show or hide the up, next, home, open in terminal, new folder, search button and more);
  • built-in actions, scripts and extensions manager;
  • treeview sidebar option;
  • re-worked statusbar with zoom controls, free space info, as well as options to toggle displaying the places sidebar, treeview or completely hide the sidebar;
  • the main toolbar, menubar, and statusbar can be hidden;
  • built-in “Open as root” and “Open in terminal” context menu items;
  • “Set as Wallpaper” context menu for images;
  • sidebar: indicators under each drive, displaying the free/used space;
  • improved the Open With dialog;
  • option to resize individual desktop icons;
  • much more.


Nemo 3.2.0 with two panes and plugin manager

Nemo has received quite a few improvements since version 2.8.x (which is available in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA), such as:

  • option to choose on which monitor to show the desktop folder (icons). This can be changed via Dconf Editor (org > nemo > desktop > desktop-layout), and can be set to show desktop icons on primary monitor, on remaining monitors, or on all monitors (default is primary only).
  • fixed wrong desktop size with GTK 3.20;
  • re-enabled desktop type-to-select feature;
  • option to double-click empty area to go to parent directory (can be enabled in the Nemo Preferences, under Behavior);
  • only append .desktop to desktop files when they actually need it. Trusted desktop files (ones that typically get made and placed on the desktop) don’t show their extension, so when you try to rename them, the new name needs .desktop appended to it;
  • many other improvements and bug fixes.

For a complete Nemo changelog, see THIS page.

This PPA provides Nemo without Cinnamon dependencies (well, one is needed for translations: cinnamon-l10n, and is provided by the PPA) and with Unity patches, such as Unity Launcher quicklists and progress bar support, GNOME / Unity Control Center support, patch to draw the desktop background (wallpaper), and various other minor tweaks / fixes for Unity.
While Nemo from this PPA is patched for Unity, it should work with other desktop environments as well, like GNOME (Shell) or Xfce, although I didn’t test it.
Note that for Ubuntu 16.10, I disabled the “Recent” sidebar item, because it doesn’t work. It does work, and is enabled by default, in Ubuntu 16.04.


Install Nemo with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies in Ubuntu 16.10 or 16.04


Important: do not use this PPA if you use Linux Mint or if you use the Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu! Also, if you’ve added any Cinnamon PPAs, you’ll have to purge them before using this Nemo PPA.
To add the Nemo 3 PPA (new PPA; the old WebUpd8 Nemo PPA still has Nemo 2.8.x!) and install Nemo with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo3
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nemo


To install Nemo extensions, you can either search for “nemo” in Synaptic, or install them via command line – you can find the available extensions HERE.


Optional: set Nemo as the default file manager


To set Nemo as the default file manager (including setting Nemo to manage the desktop), use the following commands:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

(the first command above disables Nautilus from handling the desktop, and the second command sets Nemo as the default app to open directories)

Then restart the session (logout/login) and you’re done!

How to revert the changes

To revert the changes, use Nautilus to draw the desktop instead of Nemo:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

And set Nautilus back as the default file manager:

xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

To remove the PPA and all the Nemo packages (including the Nemo extensions), use:

sudo apt remove nemo nemo-*
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-nemo-*.list

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Dual-Panel File Manager `Double Commander` Sees New Release

Double Commander is a file manager that uses two side-by-side panels, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The application ships with two interfaces: GTK2 and Qt4.
Double Commander file manager Ubuntu

Started as a Sexi Commander fork and inspired by Total Commander, Double Commander has evolved over the years and it now includes numerous features, including support for WCX, WFX, WDX, WLX and DSX plugin types, tabs support, multi-rename tool, internal text editor and file viewer, archives support (allows browsing archives as if they were directories), extended search and much more.

Also, the file manager supports both horizontal and vertical dual-panel modes and is highly customizable, allowing users to change the toolbar appearance, internal commands, keyboard shortcuts and pretty much everything you can think of.

Double Commander file manager Ubuntu
New Tree View Panel in Double Commander 0.7.0

Double Commander 0.7.0 was released recently, bringing important new features, like a tree view panel, built-in GVFS support on Linux, enhanced file association dialog and more.

Important new features and changes in Double Commander 0.7.0 include:
  • tree view panel;
  • selective change attributes;
  • search in archives (wcx plugins);
  • flat view in archives (wcx plugins);
  • asymmetric directory synchronization;
  • speed up CRC32/SFV hash calculation time;
  • calculate and verify blake2s, blake2sp hash;
  • many operations can be started initially in queue;
  • enhanced file association dialog;
  • default search template;
  • built-in GVFS support (Linux);
  • copy NTFS permissions (Windows);
  • copy files between virtual file sources;
  • edit file in virtual file sources (archives, ftp etc);
  • capability to choose encoding for each ftp connection;
  • favorite Tabs: capability to save/load group of tabs.

I should also mention that all Double Commander releases have the “beta” status, and there’s no “stable” release so far. That’s most probably because the main developer feels the application is not feature complete yet.

For more information, check out the Double Commander website and its online help.

Download Double Commander

Download Double Commander (source as well as binaries for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows)

There’s also a Double Commander repository available for Ubuntu, Debian, openSUSE, Fedora and CentOS – you can find exact instructions for adding the repository and installing Double Commander here: GTK | Qt.

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Nemo With Unity Patches Available For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

Quick update: Nemo (2.8.7) with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies is now available in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

Nemo File Manager Ubuntu

For those not familiar with Nemo, this is the default Cinnamon file manager and is a Nautilus fork.
Nemo continues to provide many of the features removed from Nautilus, like the extra pane or the toggle location button, but there are some other changes as well, like a customizable toolbar (you can add or remove the up/refresh/search/etc icons), built-in “Open as root”, “Open in terminal” and “Set as wallpaper” context menu items and much more.
Besides making Nemo available for Ubuntu 16.04 in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA, I also updated it to the latest 2.8.7 version for Ubuntu 14.04 and 15.10.
A while back, I updated Nemo to version 2.8.6 however, many users complained about frequent crashes, so I downgraded it to version 2.6.7. The the bug that caused those crashes was fixed, so I decided to update the PPA with this version.

Note: Nemo 2.8.6 is available in the official Ubuntu 16.04 repositories however, it can’t be used to draw the desktop under Unity and it comes with Cinnamon dependencies.

Install Nemo with Unity patches in Ubuntu

For how to install Nemo with Unity patches in Ubuntu, see this article: Install Nemo With Unity Patches (And Without Cinnamon Dependencies) In Ubuntu

If you already have the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA added, simply update the software sources (run “sudo apt-get update”) and then install the updates any way you wish (using Software Updater, command line, Synaptic or whatever). After the update is done, either kill Nemo (using the “killall nemo” command; “nemo -q” doesn’t work with updates in some cases) or log out and log back in.

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Nemo 2.6 Gets A Plugin Manager, More [`Nemo With Unity Patches` PPA Updated]

While Nemo 2.6 wasn’t officially released yet (Cinnamon 2.6 is currently undergoing testing in the Linux Mint Romeo repository), its source has been available for some time on GitHub. 
I’ve been using Nemo 2.6 (2.6.5) for about a week and it works great, so I’ve decided upload it to the WebUpd8 Nemo (with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies) PPA.

Nemo 2.6

There’s no official changelog yet but from what I can tell, Nemo 2.6 includes the following changes (I may have missed some improvements though):
  • added a plugin manager which allows easily enabling and disabling Nemo actions, extensions and scripts;
  • all toolbar buttons now use symbolic icons (except pathbar icons);
  • simplified context menus (with an option to show all available actions);
  • improved thumbnail generation;
  • bookmarks are now sortable;
  • improved Preferences dialog;
  • fixed support for org.freedesktop.FileManager1 dbus interface – this should allow apps that support opening a folder and highlighting a file in that folder to work properly (like Firefox – clicking on the folder icon from Downloads);
  • added a simple transition when toggling the location bar/pathbar;
  • show icons for templates in the “create new document” menu;
  • show location entry when “/” is entered;
  • file operations (such as ‘copy’) now use a queue system (paused until the previous job completes however, you can manually start new jobs).

The official Nemo extensions haven’t been updated to fully support the new Nemo plugin manager, that’s why you’ll see “No information available” for each extension in the plugin manager. However, all v2.4. extensions should work with Nemo 2.6.
Also, the unpatched Nemo 2.6 can detect if the app generates thumbnails while running as root and prompts to fix this issue however, this depends on libcinnamon-desktop4 and since the purpose of the Nemo version I maintain is to be Cinnamon-free, I’ve removed this functionality for the PPA packages.
Even so, this is an issue that shouldn’t happen if you use Nemo properly: running it via pkexec (or via the Nemo contect menu > Run as Root, which uses pkexec) doesn’t cause this issue. As an alternative way of fixing such issues, you can simply run “sudo rm ~/.cache/thumbnails”.

Two more notes regarding the patched Nemo from the WebUpd8 PPA:

  • in the Plugin Manager, you’ll notice two “Change Desktop Background” Nemo actions – that’s because one is for Unity and one for GNOME (Shell) and it’s only used if you enable Nemo to draw the desktop;
  • the “Create a new launcher here…” Nemo action only shows up in the Nemo context menu on the desktop and it requires gnome-panel to be installed or else it won’t work.

Install Nemo 2.6 (with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies) in Ubuntu

To install the latest Nemo 2.6 with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies, see THIS article. 
Important: don’t install this Nemo version in Linux Mint or if you’re using Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu, because it has all it’s Cinnamon-specific features removed.

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How To Hide Files And Folders In Your File Manager Without Renaming Them [Quick Tip]

Usually if you want to hide a file or folder so it doesn’t show up in your file manager, you can rename it by adding a dot (“.”) at the beginning of the filename.
However, there are situations in which you may want to hide a file or folder without renaming it. For instance, some applications insist on creating a folder in the user’s home directory or in the Documents folder (and they can’t be renamed) and so on. But I don’t want these folders cluttered – I want to easily find what I’m looking for.

Nemo hidden folder

For such situations or whatever other reasons, there’s another way of hiding files and folders (prevent them from showing up in the file manager only): you can create a file called “.hidden” (there’s a dot in front of “hidden” so this is a hidden file!) and in this file, enter the name of the files and folders you want to hide, each on a separate line. Then, refresh the folder (press F5 or Ctrl + R) and those files or folders should no longer be visible in your file manager.
This should work (at least, it worked in my test) with the following file managers: Nautilus, Nemo, Caja, Thunar (I’m not sure when this was introduced but I can tell you that it doesn’t work with version 1.2.2 available in Xubuntu 12.04; it does work with versions 1.6.3 and newer) and Pantheon Files (from Freya only), but there might be others to support it.
Note: for Thunar you’ll need to navigate to a separate folder for the changes to be applied, refreshing isn’t enough.
Here’s an example: let’s assume you have a folder called “FOLDER1” and a file call “FILE1” in your home directory and you want to hide both without renaming them. To do this, create a file called “.hidden” in your home directory and in this file, add the following two lines:

Then save the file and press F5 to refresh the home folder – “FOLDER1” and “FILE1” shouldn’t be displayed any more.
Extra tip: HERE‘s a Nautilus extension which allows hiding files and folders using this method via the context menu.

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Nemo With Unity Patches Available For Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn [PPA]

Quick update for Ubuntu users who have upgraded to Ubuntu 14.10 or are planning to do so in the near future: today I updated the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA with packages for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

Nemo file manager Unity

Ubuntu 14.10 already has Nemo 2.2.0 in its repositories however, that package is built for the Cinnamon desktop and it doesn’t work properly in other desktop environments (for instance, it doesn’t draw the desktop).
On the other hand, the Nemo package (version 2.2.4 at the time I’m writing this article) available in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA comes with various patches which make Nemo work properly under Unity (and not only: even though the package is built with Unity in mind, it should also work with Xfce, GNOME Shell, GNOME Flashback, etc.). Also, the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA contains the latest version for all Nemo extensions, backported from Linux Mint.

For more information about Nemo (with Unity patches) from the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA and installation instructions, see the following article: Install Nemo With Unity Patches (And Without Cinnamon Dependencies) In Ubuntu

I’m in the process of updating all the WebUpd8 PPAs for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, so if you’re using Utopic already, expect to receive quite a few updates from the WebUpd8 PPAs today.

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Nautilus / Nemo `Folder Color` Extension Gets Support For Custom Colors

Folder Color is a tool that lets you easily change folders icon color, available for Nautilus and unofficially, for Nemo file manager.
Folder Color Nautilus

The purpose of this tool is not to completely change the color of your icon theme but to allow you to easily spot a certain folder or to mark some folders. For instance, you can change your last holiday pictures folder to green so you can spot it easily, change some important folder icon color to black, organize your music folders by using different colors for various artists, organize your documents folders and so on.

Folder Color was updated to version 0.0.16 today, the new version bringing just one, but important, new feature (along with some bug fixes): you can now choose any color for each folder:

Folder Color Nautilus

The old predefined colors are still available so you can continue to select from the default black, blue, brow, cyan, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow.

The extension uses scalable icons and supports restoring the original icon (simply right click the icon in Nemo / Nautilus and select Folder Color > Default). However, it’s important to mention that the extension only works properly with the default Ubuntu icon theme (Humanity) as well as Humanity Colors.

Note that the new custom folder color should only be used for folders that don’t use a built-in emblem (like the Downloads, Documents, Music, Videos folders) because they will look like regular folders after applying the custom color. This does not occur if you use the predefined colors available with Folder Color – in that case, the Downloads, Videos, Documents, Music, etc. folders will continue to use their custom color.
Since the official Folder Color extension is for Nautilus only and the Nemo Folder Color extension wasn’t updated, I updated it myself with these changes so you can use the latest version of Folder Color with Nemo file manager in Ubuntu easily:
Folder Color Nemo
Nemo Folder Color

Install Folder Color in Ubuntu

To install Folder Color for Nautilus in Ubuntu 14.10, 14.04 or 12.04, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install folder-color

Once installed, restart Nautilus:

nautilus -q

Or, to install Folder Color for Nemo in Ubuntu 14.04, use the following commands (don’t use this PPA in Linux Mint / if you use Cinnamon!):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo-folder-color

Once installed, restart Nemo:

nemo -q

Then, to use Folder Color, right click a folder in Nautilus or Nemo (depends on which extension you’ve installed), select Folder Color and then either select one of the predefined colors or select Custom to apply your custom color.

Important for Nemo (WebUpd8 Nemo PPA) users: the Folder Color Nemo extension might not work if you don’t fix python-nemo as explained under step 4 from HERE.

Thanks to Costales for the tip!

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Nemo Emblems, Folder Color, Image Converter and Filename Repairer Extensions Added To The WebUpd8 Nemo PPA

Quick update for Ubuntu Nemo users: Today I added four new Nemo extensions from the Linux Mint Nemo Extensions GitHub to the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA (Nemo with Unity patches):

  • Nemo Emblems – add file or folder emblems;
  • Nemo Folder Color – allows changing the folder color to some predefined colors such as black, blue, brown, cyan, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red, white or yellow (forked from Nautilus Folder Color);
  • Nemo Image Converter – allows you to quickly resize or rotate images (forked from Nautilus Image Converter);
  • Nemo Filename Repairer – an extension that can be used to repair filenames which use wrong encoding in Nemo.

Below you can see screenshots with these Nemo extensions in action:

Nemo Emblems
Nemo Emblems

Nemo Folder Color
Nemo Folder Color

Nemo Image Converter
Nemo Image Converter

Nemo Filename Repairer

Install Nemo Emblems, Folder Color, Image Converter and Filename Repairer in Ubuntu 14.04

Reminder: the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA should not be used by Linux Mint / Cinnamon users! Nemo from this PPA uses various Unity patches (it should work with Unity, GNOME Shell, Xfce, etc. but not with Cinnamon!) that make it incompatible with Cinnamon.

To install Nemo Emblems, Folder Color, Image Converter and Filename Repairer extensions in Ubuntu 14.04, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo-emblems nemo-filename-repairer nemo-folder-color nemo-image-converter

Once installed, restart Nemo using the following command:

nemo -q

Important: some Nemo extensions might not work if you don’t fix python-nemo as explained under step 4 from HERE.

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