How to Install PCMan File Manager in Ubuntu Linux?

PCMan is the default file management tool (manager) that comes with the LXDE desktop. Since the LXDE desktop environment is designed to use as little resources as possible + it's well known for its speed, so as the PCMan.

So if you feel like the Nautilus is a bit slow or just would like to have another alternative (just in case :D), then PCMan can be a handy little application. Both Nautilus (Gnome's tool) and Thunar (Xfce file manager) are both a lot similar in characteristics, but if you're a bit new to LXDE, then think of PCMan as the simplest version of both Nautilus and Thunar.

Main features...

*. According to the developer himself, it's designed as a replacement for Thunar (if you're looking to do that), so the general GUI and the look-n-feel as you can see is very much like it.

*. Drag-n-drop support.

*. Side pane view which shows favorite folders and mounted drives (including network drives, etc).

*. Copy/move/delete/rename, etc files (okay, I feel stupid after saying that :D).

*. 4 Different types of views (thumbnails, detailed, folders and compact).

*. Open a Terminal in a give location (also as the root user).

*. Bookmark support.

*. Tabbed view support.

*. A preference window that lets you configure things such as - Confirm file deleting, delete files without moving to Trash, disable thumbnail generation for a give file size, change icon size, mount volumes automatically, etc.

These are just a few to name. Although as said it's trying to be a Thunar replacement, please be aware of the fact that it does not have the ability to generate video thumbnails at the moment (well, it's been there for a while now :/).

Anyhow, you can install PCMan file manager in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install pcmanfm
So other than the video thingie :), if you're looking for a file management tool that loads fast, low on your PC system resources ... then PCMan is a pretty handy application nonetheless.

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