Using the File Browser

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File Browser application, available in Jolla Store, helps you to investigate the contents of the memory and to move files and folders around. This app is especially useful in case of moving data between the device's  "Mass storage" and a memory card (SD card).


1 Introduction

2 Shortcuts to main areas in the memory

3 Copying files and folders
3.1 Example of copying files from Home to SD card



1 Introduction

The permanent memory of a Sailfish OS device, or storage space, that is available for the user, is called "Home" in FileBrowser. It appears as "Mass storage" under Sailfish device on computers. In Linux notation, the Mass storage is located in folder $HOME.

After launching File Browser it presents the contents of the Home directory, or actually the contents of the storage area of the default user "Nemo"  (see the picture below) inside Home. The name of default user is, however, "Defaultuser" on devices to which Sailfish OS version 3.4.0 or later has been flashed. From this folder, it is possible to move anywhere in the whole file system. Tap a folder name to see inside it. Flick right to move upwards in the folder hierarchy.

Furthermore, it is possible to view the memory card which appears as "SD Card" under the Sailfish device on Windows computers. In Linux notation, the memory card resides in folder /media/sdcard/<uuid>, where "<uuid>" is a unique card-specific identification code, in folder /media/sdcard/<name>, where "<name>" is a nickname given for the card when formatting it . You can see the code or the nickname of your card by tapping the shortcut "SD Card" - see chapter "Shortcuts to main entities in the memory" below.



This initial view of File Browser has a pull-down menu having the app settings, among other things. In the settings, one can choose whether to also show the  hidden files and folders (e.g. .config), and if the folders shall be shown at the top of the list.




2 Shortcuts to main entities in the memory

All file/folder views have the name of the current folder near the top right corner of the display. By tapping that name the app presents shortcuts to four crucial locations in the file system:

  • Home: explained in "Introduction" above - the storage area of the user
  • Android Storage: Android apps keep their data in here. A subfolder of Home.
  • Root: top of the folder hierarchy
  • Memory card: removable SD card. See our help article on memory cards.

These shortcuts make it faster to copy data between Home and the memory card, for instance.




3 Copying files and folders

File Browser is a typical app of its kind: one can create and delete folders, copy/cut/paste files, rename, view detailed information of the files, change permissions and open files.

Files and folders have a pop-up menu with the most frequently used commands. Files and folders have also a details view which appears by tapping the file/folder name. This view has more commands in the pull-down menu.

File browser supports the selection of multiple files/folders, too. This is done by tapping the icons in front of the file/folder names. A toolbar appears at the bottom of the display. It has the following tools:

  • Select all/none
  • Cut
  • Copy
  • Delete
  • Show details


3.1 Example of copying files from Home to SD card

1) Select files in Home to copy (you could also select folders).

2) Tap "Copy" at the toolbar.

3) Take the shortcut to the SD card

4) Paste the files (in this example we paste the files in the root folder).

We recommend keeping at least 2-3 GB of free space in Home. This may require that you cut and paste files (video clips, in particular) from Home to the memory card every now and then, in the same way as in this example.




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