Nautilus Has Finally Added Batch File Renaming, Native Compression To Its Features


When GNOME 3.22 is released  late next month there will be tons of new features to enjoy on Nautilus 3.22 which will be shipped with it.

GNOME’s very own Carlos Soriano provides introductory guides to the many changes Nautilus has received. These changes include a new set of ‘zoom’ buttons (the slider has gone), an improved “hamburger” menu, and improvements in renaming multiple files and folder creation.

Renaming Multiple Files


One of the biggest features formerly missing in previous Nautilus versions is the ability to batch rename files without the use of an external tool.

Carlos claims that the design and usability of File’s approach makes it “the best batch renaming tool we could have”.

How does the bulk rename feature work? It adds context to potential renaming via the use of file metadata – like track number or file creation date; users can create or use a template and of course, there is always the handy ‘find and replace’ option.


This is the same logic that is applied to the new ‘create folder from selected files’ option.


Carlos explains that “when selecting multiple files and creating a folder with them, we will search for a common prefix and use that as default name”.


This feature added to one we wrote about earlier: Nautilus 3.22 adds native, integrated file compression and decompression means that there will no longer be any need to use secondary apps to carry out these tasks.

The new release brings users a slick progress bar, support for the “undo” command, and an efficient archive creation wizard.


If would like to stick with the decompression utility tool that you are already using then you can continue to using it because  there is an option in the Nautilus’ preferences that allows you to disable the automatic ‘extract on open’ behavior.

Are You Happy With These Changes?

Ubuntu 16.10 will ship with Nautilus 3.20 when it is due for release in October.

For now, the GNOME 3 Staging PPA are yet to provide Ubuntu users with a method to get the latest Nautilus release ahead of Ubuntu 17.04 so stick around for more cool news and updates.

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