[HowTo] Restore desktop icons in Budgie using Nemo instead of Nautilus

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

This guide will demonstrate how to replace Nautilus with Nemo instead of Nautilus to restore desktop icon functionality in Budgie.

  1. To install Nemo, execute:

    pamac install nemo
    
  2. To remove Nautilus, execute:

    pamac remove nautilus nautilus-admin nautilus-empty-file nautilus-sendto libnautilus-extension python-nautilus
    
  3. To set Nemo as the default desktop manager:

    xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
    
  4. Execute:

    dconf 
    
  5. Navigate to org.gnome.desktop.background

  6. Scroll to the bottom of this setting

  7. Set show-desktop-icons to true

  8. Still within dconf, navigate to org.nemo.desktop and optionally set use-desktop-grid to false

    • If use-desktop-grid is set to true, icons on the desktop cannot be reordered- *
    • A trash icon can be set to appear on the desktop through the item directly above use-desktop-grid
    • There are a few Nautilus related options buried in the editor - they can all be safely removed
  9. Open Budgie Desktop Settings

  10. Navigate to Autostart

  11. Click the + in the top right corner.

  12. Select the Add button

  • The title/description can be set to whatever you like, but set the command to nemo-desktop

Now restart and enjoy having a desktop with icons in Manjaro Budgie. :slight_smile:

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