How to install Nautilus Coverflow on Ubuntu

If you know what Gloobus is, you won't want to miss Coverflow. One of the best new features Apple introduced with its MacOS X Leopard was Quicklook, a document previewer built into your file manager that allows us to see the content of any file (video, audio, text, image, etc.) in an instant. Globe brings exactly that functionality to Linux, specifically as an extension to Gnome's file browser, Nautilus.

Its operation is exactly the same: we select the file in Nautilus, we press the space key and instantly an auxiliary window opens with the contents of the file.

Spectacularly fast, especially if we combine it with the Coverflow visualization that you see in the video, as if they were album covers. For now it supports the most popular formats (PDF, TXT, JPG, PSD, MP3, MPG, etc), but since it is intended as an extensible system, it would be relatively simple to extend its compatibility.

It is not in the main repositories yet, but in Your Website You can ask Ubuntu and others to include it as standard.

Install Clutter View in Nautilus

First, you have to install the "clutter" dependencies. Download the .deb packages listed below and install them.

For Karmic 32bit
libclutter-1.0-0_1.0.10-0ubuntu1~ricotz1_i386.deb
libclutter-1.0-dev_1.0.10-0ubuntu1~ricotz1_i386.deb
libclutter-gtk-0.10-0_0.10.2-1~ppa9.10+1_i386.deb
libclutter-gtk-0.10-dev_0.10.2-1~ppa9.10+1_i386.deb

For Karmic 64bit
libclutter-1.0-0_1.0.10-0ubuntu1~ricotz1_amd64.deb
libclutter-1.0-dev_1.0.10-0ubuntu1~ricotz1_amd64.deb
libclutter-gtk-0.10-0_0.10.2-1~ppa9.10+1_amd64.deb
libclutter-gtk-0.10-dev_0.10.2-1~ppa9.10+1_amd64.deb

Nautilus

Once that is done, we download the latest version of Nautilus-Elementary:

  • cd
  • bzr branch lp: nautilus-elementary
  • cd nautilus-elementary
  • sudo aptitude build-dep nautilus
  • ./autogen.sh –prefix = / usr
  • make && sudo make install

Then, we restart nautilus (killall nautilus).

And that's it!

Open a folder and enable the Coverflow effect via View> Clutter View. If you click on the Coverflow you can slide the different elements that make up the folder using the mouse wheel or the arrows (left and right) on the keyboard.

It's still alpha

Don't forget that, despite being very visually appealing, it is still an alpha version. That said, if you have a lot of problems you should try the GIT version of Clutter.

  • git clone git: //git.clutter-project.org/clutter
  • cd clutter
  • ./autogen.sh –prefix = / usr
  • make
  • sudo make install

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  1.   Christian Soto Valencia said

    links no longer work

  2.   Let's use Linux said

    It's possible…. This is all outdated since the latest version of Nautilus Elementary, which already includes something very similar (by pressing F7).
    Cheers! Paul.