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Thunar Volume Manager (thunar-volman)

The Thunar Volume Manager is an extension for the Thunar file manager, which enables automatic management of removable drives and media. For example, if thunar-volman is installed and configured properly, and you plug in your digital camera, it will automatically launch your preferred photo application and import the new pictures from the camera into your photo collection.


The advantage of Thunar Volume Manager over other solutions (like gnome-volume-manager or ivman) is that it does not require an additional daemon to be running in the users desktop session, which means it is a very lightweight solution. In addition, the Thunar Volume Manager smoothly integrates into the Thunar file manager and the Xfce desktop.

It was designed to look and behave similar to gnome-volume-manager to get consistent removable drive and media management in Xfce and GNOME. This is to help GNOME refugees and people using both Xfce and GNOME.



You will need at least the following software packages in order to install and use the Thunar Volume Manager:

Stable releases

Source tarballs of the latest stable release 0.9.5 (and earlier releases) are available from the Xfce Archive download page.

Getting the source from GIT

The Thunar Volume Manager - is available from the Xfce Git repository, which means that you will need to install a Subversion client in order to be able to check out from the GIT repository (you can use the web interface for browsing the repository).

You can download the latest version of thunar-volman using the following command:


This will create a new directory thunar-volman in the current path, which contains the latest version from the repository.

Building and installing

If you downloaded a release tarball, you can simply run

./configure --prefix=/usr/local

now. The prefix must be the same prefix where Thunar is installed. You can find out the prefix using the following command:

pkg-config --variable prefix thunarx-1

Else you may need to run:

sh autogen.sh --prefix=/usr/local

instead, because the automatically generated files are not included in the repository.

If the configure script complains about missing thunarx-1 package and you are using a binary package for Thunar, be sure to install the appropriate -devel package (i.e. for Debian/Ubuntu it is libthunar-vfs-1-dev). Next, you continue with

make install

where the install step must be done with superuser privileges.

Reporting Bugs

If you encounter a bug in thunar-volman, please submit a bug report to the Xfce Bugzilla. Please note that to do this you will need to have / create an account on Bugzilla.

Before reporting a new bug, please try your best to check if it has already been reported (see the latest reports below). Click here for a full list of bug reports.

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