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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.

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Standards compliance

Required packages

thunar-volman depends on the following packages:

  • Thunar 1.7.0 or above
  • exo 0.10.0 or above
  • glib 2.30.0 or above
  • GTK+ 3.20.0 or above
  • GUDev 145 or above
  • libxfce4ui 4.12.0 or above
  • libxfce4util 4.12.0 or above
  • xfconf 4.12.0 or above

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Debugging Support

thunar-volman currently supports four different levels of debugging support, which can be setup using the configure flag `–enable-debug' (check the output of `configure –help'):

`full'	Use this if you want to debug thunar-volman to locate a bug.
	The build will most probably be noticably slower. This is also
	recommended for people that want to develop thunar-volman stuff.
`yes'		This is the default for SVN snapshot builds. It adds all
		kinds of checks to the code, and is therefore likely to run

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

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.

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Latest Release

Previous Releases

Source Code Repository

Reporting Bugs

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