emelfm2 - Man Page

a GTK2+ file manager


emelfm2 [OPTION]... [DIR]


emelFM2 is a file manager for UNIX-like operating systems. It uses a simple and efficient interface pioneered by Norton Commander in the 1980's. The main window is divided into three "panes" or "panels". Two of them show information about the contents of selected filesystem directories. That information is presented as text. The third pane shows the output of commands executed within the program.

A built-in command-line, toolbar buttons or assigned keys can be used to initiate commands. A flexible filetyping mechanism provides user-determined actions for desired filetypes.

Command Line Options

-1,--one= DIR

At session-start, show DIR in the first filelist pane.

-2,--two= DIR

At session-start, show DIR in the second filelist pane.


Same as -2 DIR, except pane 2 is focused.

-c,--config= DIR

Set the configuration-data directory to DIR (default: ~/.config/emelfm2).

-a,--share-config= DIR

Also load configuration-data from directory DIR. Session config data are not saved to DIR.

-e,--encoding= TYPE

Set the filesystem character encoding to TYPE.

-f,--fallback-encoding= TYPE

Set the fallback encoding to TYPE (default: ISO-8859-1).


Ignore the encoding/locale problems (use at your own risk!).


Maximise GTK+2 error logging.


Detach the emelFM2 session from its controlling terminal. Will not work when emelFM2 is compiled with debug support.

-r,--run-at-start= COMMAND

Run COMMAND immediately after session start.

-s,--set-option OPTION_NAME=string-value

Set one-line config option. "OPTION_NAME=string-value" is a string in the format used in the config file.

-t,--trash= DIR

Set the trash directory to DIR (default: ~/.local/share/Trash/files).


Flag displayed username.

Help options:


Display build-time parameters.


Display a brief help message.


Display the version and build information.

These only work when emelFM2 is compiled with debug support:

-d,--debug= N

Set the debug level. N = digit from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). Default is 5.


Display time and location information in debug messages. Only works when emelFM2 is compiled with debug support.

Files and Directories


Location for the emelFM2 binary. Default PREFIX is /usr/local, which may be modified at compilation time.


Default location for emelFM2 plugin files, named like e2p*.so.


Default documentation files' location.


Default location of application-specific icon files.


Default location for configuration files, named "config" and "cache".


Default trash directory.

Environment Variables

These are directly used:


Suggestions and Bug Reports

Please send bug reports, comments or feature requests to the mailing list <emelfm2@freelists.org>. You do not need to be a subscriber.
For known bugs refer to http://emelfm2.net/TODO.


The original emelFM was essentially a compilation of some of the features that Michael Clark found most useful in other file managers. The current maintainer of emelFM2 is tooar. For a complete list of contributors please refer to [PREFIX]/share/doc/emelfm2/CREDITS.


emelFM2 is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 and is provided WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY. See that license for more details.

See Also

Website           http://emelfm2.net
User Guide        http://emelfm2.net/UserGuide
Updated emelFM    http://www.havens.de/elm/emelfm.html
Old emelFM        http://www.pitt.edu/~macst92/emelFM/ or


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