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Navigating Remote Servers

The Nautilus file manager provides an integrated access point to your files, applications, FTP sites, Windows shares, WebDav servers and SSH servers.

To Access a remote server

You can use the file manager to access a remote server, be it an FTP site, a Windows share, a WebDav server or an SSH server.

To access a remote server, choose File->Connect to Server. You may also access this dialog from the menubar by choosing Places->Connect to Server.

In the Connect to Server dialog, you may click on the Browse network button to close this dialog and view services available on your network in a nautilus window.

To connect to a remote server, start by choosing the service type, then enter the server address.

If required by your server, you may provide the following optional information :

Dialog Element



Port to connect to on the server. This should only be used if it is necessary to change the default port, you would normally leave this blank.


Folder to open upon connecting to server.

User Name

The user name of the account used to connect to the server. This should be supplied with the connexion information if needed. The user name information is not appropriate for a public FTP connexion.

Name to use for connection

The designation of the connexion as it will appear in the file manager.


Name of desired windows share. This is only applicable to Windows shares.

Domain name

Windows domain. This is only applicable to Windows shares.

If the server information is provided in the form of a URI, or you require a specialized connection, choose Custom Location as the service type.

Once you have filled in the information, click on the Connect button. When the connection succeeds, the contents of the site are displayed and you may drag and drop files to and from the remote server.

To Access Network Places

If your system is configured to access places on a network, you can use the file manager to access the network places.

To access network places, open the file manager and choose Places->Network Servers. A window opens that displays the network places that you can access. Double-click on the network that you want to access.

To access UNIX shares, double-click on the Unix Network (NFS) object. A list of the UNIX shares available to you is displayed in the file manager window.

To access Windows shares, double-click on the Windows Network (SMB) object. A list of the Windows shares available to you is displayed in the file manager window.

Accessing Special URI Locations

Nautilus has certain special URI locations that enable you to access particular functions from the file manager. For example, to access fonts, you can access the fonts:/// URI in a file manager window.

These are intended for advanced users: in most cases, an easier method of accessing the function or location exists.

Table 6.8, “Special URI Locations” lists the special URI locations that you can use with the file manager.

Table 6.8. Special URI Locations

URI Location



Displays all the fonts that are available in your system. To preview a font, double-click on the font. You can also use this location to add fonts to the GNOME Desktop.


This is a special location where you can copy files and folders that you want to write to a CD. From here you can write the contents of the location to a CD easily. See also the section called “Writing CDs or DVDs”.


Displays network locations to which you can connect, if your system is configured to access locations on a network. To access a network location, double-click on the network location. You can also use this URI to add network locations to your system. See also the section called “To Access Network Places”.


Displays all the themes that are available in the GNOME Desktop. To apply a theme to the GNOME Desktop, double-click on the theme. You can also use this location to add themes to the GNOME Desktop.

Alternatively, set a theme with the Theme preference tool.

Writing CDs or DVDs
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