Ubuntu: Files App Download Bookmark


Files app in Ubuntu 16.04 has a Download bookmark with a download icon beside it. The bookmark points to $HOME/Downloads.

I wanted to change where it pointed to, but discovered that it's not a bookmark listed under the Menu item, Bookmarks. Instead, it seems to be one of the "special" bookmarks, like Recent, and Desktop.

How can I change where the Downloads "bookmark" points to?


I'm sure there is a proper, clean way to do this by changing the default location of the Downloads directory. The proper, clean way to do this is given by Mook765 below. I suggest you use that.

A simple approach would be to just make $HOME/Downloads into a symlink pointing to wherever you want to keep it. For example, if you want it to point to $HOME/foo, you could do:

mv ~/Downloads ~/foo  ## rename the existing dir  ln -s ~/foo ~/Downloads ## create the link  

Now, when you click on the Downloads bookmark, it will actually be going to $HOME/foo.


You can define the default user-directories in the file /home/<username>/.config/user-dirs.dirs.

# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update  # If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're  # interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run  # Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped  # homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an  # absolute path. No other format is supported.  #   XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"  XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"  XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"  XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"  XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"  XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"  XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"  XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"

Just browse to the file in your file manager, open it with a double-click, and change the line you are interested in. Save the file. The changes will take effect after your next login.

Make sure that the destination-folder you specify exists!

You can also use the terminal-command

xdg-user-dirs-update --set DOWNLOAD $HOME/yyy   or  xdg-user-dirs-update --set DOWNLOAD /yyy

to achieve this.

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