nemo - Man Page

the Cinnamon File Manager

Examples (TL;DR)


nemo [options] URIs...


This manual page documents briefly the nemo command.

Nemo is the file manager for the Cinnamon desktop.


Nemo follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.


Create the initial window with the given geometry.


Open URIs in tabs.


Open URIs in an existing window.


Only create windows for explicitly specified URIs.


Repair the user thumbnail cache - this can be useful if you're having trouble with file thumbnails.  Must be run as root.


Enable debugging code.  Example usage: 'NEMO_DEBUG=Actions nemo --debug'.  Use NEMO_DEBUG=all for more topics.


Quit Nemo.


Show a summary of options.


Show Nemo's version.

Other standard GNOME options not listed here are also supported.

Note on the Root User

Ordinarily, nemo and nemo-desktop treat being run as the root user as special, with certain restrictions and UI changes. This behavior can be bypassed via a gsettings key. You can use the following command to enable/disable this override:

gsettings set org.nemo.preferences treat-root-as-normal true|false

Bug Reports

Please report bugs and feature requests here:


This manual page was originally written for Nautilus by Takuo KITAME <> and Dafydd Harries <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).


October 2012