pcmanfm - Man Page

A lightweight Gtk+ based file manager for X Window.


pcmanfm [ options ] [ directories ]


PCMan File Manager (PCManFM) is an extremely fast, lightweight, yet feature-rich file manager with tabbed browsing. It is the default file manager for the lightweight desktop environment, LXDE.
 * Extremely fast and lightweight
 * Can be started in one second on normal machine
 * Tabbed browsing (similar to Firefox)
 * Drag & Drop handling with XDS (X direct save) support
 * Files can be dragged between tabs
 * Load large directories in reasonable time
 * File association support (with default application setup)
 * Basic thumbnail support with optional EXIF support
 * Bookmarks support
 * Handles non-UTF-8 encoded filenames correctly
 * Provide icon view and detailed list view
 * Standard compliant (follows FreeDesktop.org specifications)
 * Clean and user-friendly interface (GTK+ 2.0)
 * Full desktop management
 * Can set individual wallpapers for each workspace
 * Removable media mounts support
 * Seamless access to remote file systems such as sftp, smb, and ftp
 * Trash can support


Global options

-d,  --daemon-mode

run PCManFM as a daemon (ignored if another PCManFM is already running)

-p profile, --profile=profile

load another configuration profile instead of "default"


for Nautilus compatibility

Per-instance options


launch desktop manager (ignores -d)


turn off desktop manager if it's running


open desktop preference dialog


manage desktop only on current X screen (only if --desktop is used)

-n, --new-win

open directories in new window


set X role for window (only if -n is used)


Set mode of desktop wallpaper, mode is:
color (fill with solid color),
stretch (stretch to fill entire monitor),
fit (stretch to fit monitor size),
center (place on center of monitor),
tile (tile to fill entire monitor),
crop (stretch and crop to fill monitor), or
screen (stretch to fill entire screen)

-w file, --set-wallpaper=file

set desktop wallpaper from image file

--show-pref n

open preferences dialog on page n

-f, --find-files

open a file search dialog window


directories to open

Desktop Management

The PCMan File Manager can manage your desktop. That includes drawing some background on it and showing icons of Desktop folder. To activate the desktop management the pcmanfm should be executed with option --desktop. Other option that affects this mode is --one-screen. Change running desktop manager parameters you can by executing pcmanfm with option --desktop-pref which opens window with preferences or using command line parameters for options --set-wallpaper or --wallpaper-mode. Execution pcmanfm --desktop-off terminates desktop management.

While pcmanfm manages desktop it displays icons on desktop. Behavior of icons resembles folder view in main window of pcmanfm but icons on desktop can "remember" their position. If you have two or more monitors then desktop background and set of icons will be shown on each of them. Icons positions will be remembered individually for each of monitors.



The current desktop environment. This variable affects items which will be shown in menu://applications/ folder.


The prefix for XDG menu definition XML file. This variable affects layout of items shown in menu://applications/ folder.



The default configuration profile directory


The main configuration file


The desktop items layout for screen 0 (primary screen)


PCManFM is named after its author's nickname on the internet, PCMan. It was written by Hong Jen Yee <pcman.tw@gmail.com>.

This manual page was written by Tetralet <tetralet@debian.or.tw> for the Debian GNU/Linux system. Updated by Andriy Grytsenko <andrej@rep.kiev.ua>

Referenced By

libfm-pref-apps(1), xde-menu(1).

April 2018 pcmanfm 1.3.2 User Manuals