Ubuntu: How to show full date and time in Nautilus/Files 3.6+ list view?


The list view of Nautilus 3.6 shows the dates files were modified in a variety of ways: the hour and minute if modified on the current day, and the month and day if modified during the current year, and the year tacked on if modified during a previous year. I would like to see the entire date and time consistently on all the files (e.g.: Sat 20 Apr 2012 01:28:34 PM EDT).

I had this set up before, but I can't figure out how to do so with version 3.6. I did find this question, but the answers no longer apply to Nautilus 3.6: How to change the date format in Nautilus list columns?

How can I do so in Nautilus 3.6+?


You can get back the full date by recompiling nautilus:

sudo apt-get build-dep nautilus  sudo apt-get install quilt  export QUILT_PATCHES=debian/patches  apt-get source nautilus  cd nautilus*  quilt new 999_full_dates.patch  quilt edit libnautilus-private/nautilus-column-utilities.c  

Change line 77 from

"attribute", "date_modified",  


"attribute", "date_modified_full",  

Rebuild and install modified package:

quilt refresh  fakeroot dpkg-buildpackage  cd ..  killall nautilus  sudo dpkg -i nautilus_*.deb  nautilus &  

As always, you have to perform these steps every time there is an update for nautilus in Ubuntu.

Now, a full analysis of the problem:

The actual patch which caused this change is this one: https://git.gnome.org/browse/nautilus/commit/?id=3fd9cba41e56f44ed955b28755ad03135026d021

The function nautilus_file_get_date_as_string gains an extra gboolean parameter "compact" - when true the abbreviated date is returned.

This function is never called directly - it is accessed through the wrapper function nautilus_file_get_string_attribute_q. This function takes attribute parameters like "date_modified". To accommodate the new signature of nautilus_file_get_date_as_string a new attribute is added "date_modified_full". After this change, any code in nautilus which uses the file date string will get the abbreviated date.

Finally, the file properties dialog is updated to use "date_modified_full" attribute.

So in order to have nautilus display the full date in list view, it is only necessary to change on line of code: in libnautilus-private/nautilus-column-utilities.c, line 77 from "date_modified" to "date_modified_full".

A slightly more useful patch could add a new column type which would show the full date, making this an optional feature, and only add 10 lines of code.


For those using trusty & not wishing to compile I've set up a test ppa for a patched nautilus. (using Alistair Buxton's patch

The build currently also includes 2 bug fix patches, 1 from trusty-proposed, 1 from utopic.

Additionally there are 3 minor patches that have been tested by me over quite some time & pose no issues.

  1. open with on folders

  2. real file owner name displayed instead of "Me"

  3. File Manager as name of launcher

The 'date-time' patch I've tested a bit, seen no issues. For those inclined to try - if any issue found contact me thru launchpad email.

The "Modified (full)" column can be added thru nautilus in listview > View > Visible Columns.. or thru nautilus > Edit > Preferences > List Columns


Read ppa page for info & how to easily revert if need be.

Note:If u also have question or solution just comment us below or mail us on toontricks1994@gmail.com
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