Marlin – GTK3 file manager

Marlin is a sleek and fast GTK3 file manager which focuses on speed, simplicity and ease of use.

It is an alternative to the Nautilus file manager.

Marlin is written in Vala and C and is in a very early stage of development.

Features include:

  • Integration with Ubuntu Unity.
  • Tab support.
  • Open in Tab feature.
  • Color tag each file and folder for identification purposes.
  • Nautilus-like location bar.
  • Three file view modes: Icon View, List View and Column View.
  • Networking support (SSH, FTP, Windows share, HTTP and HTTPS).
  • Customizable toolbar, including toolbar icon size.
  • Configurable date format: iso, locale, informal.
  • Single click/double click to open file.
  • Show hidden files.
  • Zoom in/out.
  • Compress files.
  • Preview files with Gloobus-Preview.
  • Extensions: Open Terminal, Dropbox and UbuntuOne.

Developer: ammonkey, Lucas Baudin, Mathijs Henquet, Robert Roth, Vadim Rutkovsky, Rico Tzschichholz
License: GNU GPL v3


Marlin is written in Vala and C. Learn Vala with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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