Sunday, 21 May 2017

Polo Beta 6 (Public Beta)

Beta 6 release of Polo File Manager is now available for download. Source code has been published on GitHub and licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.

You can install it from a PPA or by downloading packages from the Releases page. It is available for all distributions including Debian, Arch Linux and their derivatives. See the Installation section below for more details.

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install polo-file-manager

Starting this week, public versions will be released once a month. Regular beta versions will be released every 2 weeks and will be sent out to users on the beta mailing list. You can make a donation via PayPal or Patreon to get added to the beta mailing list.

What's New

GTK Headerbar / Client-side Decorations

A Gtk HeaderBar was added which replaces the toolbar, path bar and window title bar. This is completely optional and can be enabled or disabled from the Settings window.

Toolbar Changes

  • Bookmarks and Devices were added to the toolbar

  • Toolbar items for View Mode, Pane Mode, and Hidden items were combined into a popover which is displayed on clicking the View button.

  • Clicking Select Columns will display the column list for columns to be displayed in the list view. The changes only affect the active pane. To set the default columns for all panes, use the options provided in the Settings window.

Pathbar Changes

The pathbar was updated with 3 new styles for bread crumbs. You can change this from the UI tab in Pathbar section of Settings window.

Setting: Use Buttons

Setting: Use Buttons + Flat Buttons - Buttons without borders

Setting: Use Buttons (disabled) - Compact style with minimal padding at top and bottom

Context Menu Changes

The right-click menu was cleaned-up. Items have been moved into sub-menus to make it easier to find items.


A sub-menu was added for sorting items in all view modes (sorting was not supported for Icon View and Tile View in previous beta).

Document Templates

  • Support was added for document templates in user's Templates folder (usually $HOME/Templates). Templates will be listed in the New submenu and can be used for creating new documents.
  • System-wide templates installed in /usr/share/templates are also supported.

Other Changes

  • [Fixed] Mount ISO option in the right-click menu did nothing when clicked
  • [Fixed] Restoring a session would sometimes break the pane layout. Switching from single to multiple panes would display an empty area in place of the extra pane that should have been displayed.
  • [Fixed] Device relationships were not mapped correctly. Partitions would sometimes be displayed under a disk it did not belong to.
  • [Fixed] Cancel button in File Conflicts window would reshow the window again if clicked
  • [Fixed] Files containing localized characters could not be opened as the file path was not passed correctly to the mimetype handler
  • Optional confirmation prompts were added for trash and delete actions.
  • Collapsed and expanded state of sections in sidebar will be saved while saving session.
  • The hidden items count in statusbar can be clicked to display all hidden files.
  • Various other issues were fixed.


Ubuntu-based Distributions (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc)

Packages are available in the Launchpad PPA for supported Ubuntu releases. Run the following commands in a terminal window:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install polo-file-manager

Installers are available on the Releases page for older Ubuntu releases which have reached end-of-life.

Other Linux Distributions

Installers are available on the Releases page.
Run the following commands in a terminal window:

sudo sh polo-* # 64-bit
sudo sh polo-*  # 32-bit


Users who donate get added to the beta mailing list, and would be the first to receive new features and development releases. Beta builds are released every 2 weeks, and public versions are released once a month.

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