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How to Add Mac OS X’s ‘Quick Look’ Feature to Ubuntu

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Sometimes Nautilus’ icon thumbnails and metadata just aren’t good enough. Sometimes you want to take a closer look at a file, photo or folder to make sure it’s the one you want.

And that’s where GNOME Sushi can help.

Quick Look for Linux

GNOME Sushi adds a macOS style ‘Quick Look‘ feature to GNOME’s famous file manager. Just select a file and tap the spacebar to see a larger (and sometimes interactive) preview.

Instant previews of image, music and video files are possible thanks to the GStreamer framework. Sushi can also supports file previews of most plaintext documents, including scripts with syntax highlighting, PDFs and HTML files.

GNOME Sushi video preview

It’s a quick and effective way to take quick peeks at PDFs, photos and other documents without having to open them fully.

Sadly Sushi doesn’t update the preview if you move off and select other files (which the macOS version does do).

It also lacks any additional ‘actions’. For example, it’d be great if, having Sushi’d the right selfie from the 342 I’ve taken, I could tap a button to open it in the default image viewer, or shunt it to GIMP, et al.

Install GNOME Sushi on Ubuntu

Although a modest feature (there are no bells or whistle) Sushi’s seamless preview prowess is such that after a few days use you’ll wonder how you managed without!

GNOME Sushi is not installed by default on Ubuntu, but you can install it very quickly using the command line:

sudo apt-get install gnome-sushi

Alternatively, install it using Ubuntu Software:

Click to install GNOME Sushi