PCmanFM-Qt

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Overview

PCManFM-Qt is the Qt port of PCManFM, the file manager of LXDE. It is the official file manager of lxqt but has few dependencies and can be used as a drop-in file manager on any Window Manager or Desktop Environment.


Creating Custom Actions

Before creating the actions (which are desktop files), first create its directory/folder by copy-pasting the below command in terminal:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions

The last two directories in the above line have now been created recursively. You can as well create them one inside the other by file manager. If you prefer this method and can’t see the first hidden directory (.local) in your Home (~/) press Ctrl+h to make it (and all hidden files and directories) appear.


Below actions are just examples. You can use them and create your own actions based on them.


“Edit as root” custom action

Create and edit the action file (rootedit.desktop) either by using file manager or by issuing these terminal commands one at a time (replace juffed with your text editor if it’s different):

touch ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/rootedit.desktop
juffed ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/rootedit.desktop

Paste the below content in rootedit.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Action
Name=Edit as Root
Icon=dialog-password
Profiles=profile-zero;

[X-Action-Profile profile-zero]
Exec=gksu juffed %f
Name=Default profile

Replace juffed with your text editor if it’s different and replace gksu with kdesu if you use kdesu.


“Set as wallpaper” custom action

Create and edit the action file (wallpaper.desktop) either by using file manager or by issuing these terminal commands one at a time (replace juffed with your text editor if it’s different):

touch ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/wallpaper.desktop
juffed ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/wallpaper.desktop

Paste the below content in wallpaper.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Action
Name[en]=Set As Wallpaper
Icon=user-desktop
Profiles=profile-zero;

[X-Action-Profile profile-zero]
MimeTypes=image/*;
Exec=pcmanfm-qt -w %f
Name[en]=Default profile
SelectionCount==1


“Compress” custom action

If you don't have one of those archive applications listed in pcmanfm-qt's Preferences>Advanced, you can use a commandline archive utility like atool with custom actions. First install atool from the repo:

sudo pacman -S atool

Create and edit the action file (compress.desktop) either by using file manager or by issuing these terminal commands one at a time (replace juffed with your text editor if it’s different):

touch ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/compress.desktop
juffed ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/compress.desktop

Paste the below content in compress.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Action
Name[en]=Compress
Icon=application-x-compressed-tar
Profiles=profile-zero;

[X-Action-Profile profile-zero]
MimeTypes=all/all;
Exec=apack %d/%n.tar.gz %F
Name[en]=Default profile
SelectionCount==1

This will create a YOUR_USERNAME.tar.gz archive from the selected files/folders in the current directory. (You may need to change the icon in the above code if you don't have oxygen icons.)


“Extract” custom action

If you don't have one of those archive applications listed in pcmanfm-qt's Preferences>Advanced, you can use a commandline archive utility like atool with custom actions. First install atool from the repo:

sudo pacman -S atool

Create and edit the action file (extract.desktop) either by using file manager or by issuing these terminal commands one at a time (replace juffed with your text editor if it’s different):

touch ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/extract.desktop
juffed ~/.local/share/file-manager/actions/extract.desktop

Paste the below content in extract.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Action
Name[en]=Extract
Icon=package-x-generic
Profiles=profile-zero;

[X-Action-Profile profile-zero]
MimeTypes=application/x-7z-compressed;application/x-7z-compressed-tar;application/x-ace;application/x-alz;application/x-ar;application/x-arj;application/x-bzip;application/x-bzip-compressed-tar;application/x-bzip1;application/x-bzip1-compressed-tar;application/x-cabinet;application/x-cbr;application/x-cbz;application/x-cd-image;application/x-compress;application/x-compressed-tar;application/x-cpio;application/x-deb;application/x-ear;application/x-ms-dos-executable;application/x-gtar;application/x-gzip;application/x-gzpostscript;application/x-java-archive;application/x-lha;application/x-lhz;application/x-lzip;application/x-lzip-compressed-tar;application/x-lzma;application/x-lzma-compressed-tar;application/x-lzop;application/x-lzop-compressed-tar;application/x-rar;application/x-rar-compressed;application/x-rpm;application/x-rzip;application/x-tar;application/x-tarz;application/x-stuffit;application/x-war;application/x-xz;application/x-xz-compressed-tar;application/x-zip;application/x-zip-compressed;application/x-zoo;application/zip;multipart/x-zip;
Exec=atool --extract-to=%d %f
Name[en]=Default profile
SelectionCount==1

This will uncompress the selected archive into the current directory. (You may need to change the icon in the above code if you don't have oxygen icons.)


See also

You can find more pages about LXQt in the Manjaro Wiki here.