How to open File Manager as Administrator in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to open File Manager (nautilus) as administrator in Ubuntu Linux.

When you log in to Ubuntu Linux, you’re logged in as a normal user who can use root or administrative privileges to perform administrative tasks using the sudo command.

Once you are in as a normal user, it’s not quite easy to open File Manager or nautilus with root privileges. There is a tool called nautilus-admin that used to work, but not anymore.

That tool claims to open files and folders as administrator from the context menu once installed. I tried and it didn’t work as well. It will install, alright, but will not allow me to delete file that are owned by the root user.

It’s sometimes nice to have the ability to edit file and open folders as root or administrator. Below I will show you how to do that.

This post assumes that you are member of the sudoers file or have the ability to run the sudo command.

Without you being able to run the sudo command, the steps below will not work.

To run File Manager as root, press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl — Alt — T to open the terminal console.

Once the terminal is open, run the commands below to launch file manager as administrator.

sudo nautilus

It will prompt you to type your password, and if you have rights to run the command, will open file manager (nautilus) as administrator or root.

You can no browser any folder and delete as long as it’s not being used by a process or another user.

That should do it!


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