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Title: Thunar  
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Subject: Xfce, PCMan File Manager, GNOME Files, RabbitVCS, Breadcrumb (navigation)
Collection: File Managers That Use Gtk+, Free File Managers, Xfce
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Thunar 1.6.2 screenshot
Developer(s) Xfce and Benedikt Meurer
Stable release 1.6.10[1] / 22 May 2015 (2015-05-22)
Operating system Unix-like
Type File manager
License GPL
Website /start/thunar/

Thunar is a file manager for Linux and other Unix-like systems, written using the GTK+ 2 toolkit, and shipped with Xfce version 4.4 RC1 and later. Thunar is developed by Benedikt Meurer, and was originally intended to replace XFFM, Xfce's previous file manager. It was initially called Filer but was changed to Thunar due to a name clash.[2]

The main goal of the Thunar project is to create a file manager that is fast, clean, and easy to use.[3][4] It is designed to start up faster and be more responsive than some other Linux file managers, such as Thunar is simple and lightweight by design, but its functionality can be extended through plugins.

Thunar is the Old Saxon name of god of thunder in Norse mythology, and uses Mjölnir, Thor's hammer, as its icon.


  • Interface 1
  • API 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Thunar interface was developed prior to the coding of its core. A minimally functional software mock-up was built in Python. Features were added and UI elements were changed iteratively to react to test user input.


Thunar provides an API for third-party developers:

  • The "thunar-vfs" provides a rich cross-platform API for high level file system operations. This is deprecated for the 1.2.0 release in favor of the native gvfs.
  • The "thunarx" provides a library for building extensions to the file manager itself.

Thunar can also be extended by writing scripts to be placed in the context menu for various file types.

Thunar's About screen logo


  1. ^ Thunar git repository tag
  2. ^ Thunar File Manager, April 2015 
  3. ^ Best Linux file manager: 6 reviewed and rated: Thunar, Rox-Filer and PCManFM
  4. ^ Thunar and Rox Filer: Mighty File Managers With a Difference
  5. ^ Thunar Memory Usage

External links

  • Official website
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