A comparison of the most popular file managers for Linux.

Note: The look of every file manager may be different in your system (because of missing icons, programs build with Qt or GTK toolkits, themes,…)

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Thunar

Default file manager for XFCE. It works well in low-spec computers and it has an elegant design.

Thunar file manager

Nautilus

The GNOME file manager may be one of the most polished, but it also consumes more RAM.

Nautilus file manager

Dolphin

KDE file manager. In my system looks bad because it has not loaded the icons, but inside KDE it will look better.

Dolphin file manager

PCManFM

LXQt default file manager. Lightweight and simple for low-spec devices.

PCManFM file manager