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:
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
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 make install
where the install step must be done with superuser privileges.
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.
- [Bug 13267] thunar-volman: Unknown block device type "disk". (2020/02/06 02:17)
- [Bug 15466] Remove # vi:set encoding=UTF-8: from .desktop files (2019/06/24 23:28)
- [Bug 7772] Thunar-volman unsupported usb device. (2018/12/28 00:40)
- [Bug 14913] "comment=x-gvfs-show" leads to mounting as root (2018/11/27 21:58)
- [Bug 14912] no Russian translation (2018/11/27 18:43)
- [Bug 11204] relicense tvm-burn-cd.svg (2018/09/27 03:10)
- [Bug 13297] [PATCH] thunar-volman: Add support for Blu-ray media (2018/09/26 03:15)
- [Bug 14075] Thunar-volman mounts non-removable devices (2018/09/22 23:23)
- [Bug 14447] XFCE hangs during RAID resync (2018/06/11 15:02)
- [Bug 14442] thunar-volman misdetects usb serial as removable (2018/06/10 21:46)
- [Bug 12112] Camera detected twice (2018/03/12 19:50)
- [Bug 14100] cannot compile Thunar-volman-0.9.0 against xfce-4.12 (2017/12/24 01:46)
- [Bug 13819] Mixed data CDs are mounted as two different devices (2017/08/24 14:37)
- [Bug 12454] Thunar re-mounts ejected USB3 device (2017/01/22 15:38)
- [Bug 9193] Automount doesn't work. (2015/07/07 15:18)