Jan 30, 2017

RcloneBrowser (Rclone GUI) Lets You Manage Multiple Cloud Storage Services From A Single Desktop App

RcloneBrowser is a Qt5 Rclone graphical user interface, available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

Rclone Browser

In case you're not familiar with Rclone, this is a command line tool for synchronizing files from or to cloud storage services, which supports Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Dropbox, Microsoft One Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Hubic, Yandex Disk, and Backblaze B2. 

Rclone can synchronize files either directly between these cloud services, or to / from your local filesystem.

For more about Rclone, check out our article: Rclone Synchronizes Files Between Multiple Cloud Storage Services (Command Line)

RcloneBrowser allows browsing and modifying (upload / download / remove, etc.) remote repositories, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, oneDrive and so on, including encrypted ones, using the same configuration file as Rclone, so you don't have to configure remote services twice.

Besides performing various operations on your cloud files, RcloneBrowser can also mount and unmount your remote cloud storage, and it can stream media files with an external player, such as mpv.

Rclone Browser

Note that Rclone (and thus, RcloneBrowser too) performs the synchronization on demand, without any real-time file monitoring and automatic uploading / downloading of changed files.

RcloneBrowser features:
  • allows to browse and modify any Rclone remote, including encrypted ones;
  • allows to upload, download, create new folders, rename or delete files and folders;
  • uses same configuration file as Rclone, no extra configuration required;
  • supports encrypted .rclone.conf configuration file;
  • simultaneously navigate multiple repositories in separate tabs;
  • lists files hierarchically with file name, size and modify date;
  • all Rclone commands are executed asynchronously, no freezing GUI;
  • file hierarchy is lazily cached in memory for faster traversal of folders;
  • can process multiple upload or download jobs in background;
  • drag & drop support for dragging files from local file browser for uploading;
  • streaming media files for playback in players like mpv or similar;
  • mount and unmount folders on macOS and GNU/Linux;
  • optionally minimizes to tray, with notifications when upload/download finishes.
Tip: The RcloneBrowser user interface lets you select a local file or folder when uploading to a cloud storage service, however, it can also copy / move / sync files from one cloud storage to another. To do this, you must enter the exact path to the file from the other remote source, like this:

Rclone Browser

Rclone Browser


Download RcloneBrowser


To make it easier to install, I've uploaded RcloneBrowser to the main WebUpd8 PPA, for Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10.

To add the PPA and install RcloneBrowser in Ubuntu 16.10 or 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install rclone-browser
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb from HERE.

Important: the WebUpd8 package only includes RcloneBrowser, but you'll also need Rclone for this to work. You can download precompiled Rclone binaries @ GitHub. To use it, simply extract the downloaded binary archive, then from RcloneBrowser Preferences select Rclone binary location.

Arch Linux users can install RcloneBrowser via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac, see the Rclone Browser GitHub page.

Those new to Rclone may also want to check out its documentation.


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Jan 27, 2017

`Dash To Panel` Is A Cool Icon Taskbar For GNOME Shell

Dash to Panel is a fairly new GNOME Shell extension that moves the dash into the top bar, to achieve a single panel (combined app launchers and system tray) design similar to that of KDE Plasma or Windows 7+.

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

The extension provides numerous features, including the ability to move the panel to the top or bottom, change the panel size, live window previews, and more.

Since this extension doesn't create a new panel but instead, it modifies the GNOME Shell Top Bar, it's compatible with other extensions that change the Top Bar look or behavior. So for instance, while Dash to Panel doesn't support autohide, you can use the Hide Top Bar extension for this.

Dash to Panel features:
  • move the Application Dash from the Overview into the main panel (top bar);
  • set the panel position to the top or bottom;
  • change the panel size;
  • change the running indicator (dots) position to the top or bottom;
  • set the clock location;
  • the "Show applications" icon can be hidden and its animation can be disabled;
  • displays window previews on hover (optional, enabled by default);
  • option to isolate workspaces (only shows an app icon if it's on the active workspace, unless it's a favorite application);
  • configurable click actions (including shift+click, middle+click and shift+middle+click);
  • customize the panel appearance, like the app icon margin, tray font size, icons padding, etc.
Note that while Dash to Panel integrates the system tray into the panel, that's not the case for the legacy tray. Legacy tray icons continue to be displayed as a drawer in the bottom left corner of the screen (above Dash to Panel, if it's set to be displayed at the bottom).

Here are some screenshots showing Dash to Panel (and its settings) running in Ubuntu 16.10 with GNOME Shell 3.20:

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell

Dash To Panel GNOME Shell


The application menu that's usually displayed on the GNOME Shell Top Bar is no longer displayed when using Dash to Panel. 

To get access to this menu, it's recommended you disable displaying the applications menu in GNOME Tweak Tool (set Top Bar > Show Application Menu to OFF) so the menu is displayed as a button in the top left window corner:


A bug report regarding this was submitted to GitHub, and it looks like a way to integrate the GNOME AppMenu with Dash to Panel might be available in the future.

Another feature that's not available in Dash to Panel is multi-monitor support. This was already implemented, but has not been merged so far.

I should also mention that using this extension on my pretty old laptop (Intel graphics) results in severe lag when accessing the activities/applications. However, this issue does not occur after disabling the "Animate Show Applications" feature from the Dash to Panel settings (Behavior tab). A bug report regarding this has already been submitted.

Install Dash to Panel


Dash to Panel should work with GNOME 3.18+ and it can be installed by using the GNOME Shell Extensions website.

Tip: see how to get Chrome to support installing GNOME Shell Extensions from extensions.gnome.org, HERE.

For more information, source code, bug reports, etc., see the Dash to Panel extension GitHub page.

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Jan 26, 2017

MATE Dock Applet Sees New Release

MATE Dock Applet 0.76 was released today, bringing support for startup notifications when launching application, as well as some new cosmetic options.

MATE Dock Applet

MATE Dock Applet is a MATE Panel applet that displays running application windows as icons, which features option to pin applications to the dock, supports multiple workspaces, allows changing the MATE panel icon to the dominant desktop wallpaper color, and more.

The latest 0.76 version includes a new indicator for running applications - a solid bar that uses the highlight color defined by the GTK3 theme (since only Ubuntu MATE 16.10 uses GTK3, this doesn't apply to older Ubuntu MATE versions). You can see this in the screenshot above.

For GTK2, this indicator defaults to grey, but there's a new option in the applet preferences that allows defining the color of this indicator:

MATE Dock Applet

The new version also allows choosing between a gradient or solid fill for the active icon background. Furthermore, the MATE Dock Applet Preferences window now includes a live preview which displays how the active icon background and indicator will look like:

MATE Dock Applet

And the last noteworthy change in this release is support for startup notification when launching applications. Using the new version, when starting a new application, its icon will pulsate until the application is fully loaded.


Install MATE Dock Applet in Ubuntu or Linux Mint


MATE Dock Applet is available in the official Ubuntu repositories starting with Ubuntu 16.04 (Linux Mint 18.x), however, it's not the latest version.

To install the latest MATE Dock Applet in Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint MATE 17.x, 16.04 / Linux Mint MATE 18.x (for MATE built with GTK2) or Ubuntu 16.10 (for MATE built with GTK3), you can use the WebUpd8 MATE PPA.

Add the PPA and install MATE Dock Applet using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/mate
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mate-dock-applet

To download the source, report bugs, etc. see the MATE Dock Applet GitHub page.


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Metamorphose 2 Bulk Rename Tool Available In PPA For Ubuntu 16.10 [Quick Update]

Metamorphose 2 is an advanced batch file and folder renamer for Linux and Windows. The application features a wide range of renaming options, allows previewing changes before applying them, allows saving the renaming rules for future use, and much more.

Metamorphose2 Ubuntu

A while back I wrote an article about Metamorphose 2 as well as two other GUI batch rename utilities for Linux - check it out HERE.

Metamorphose 2 uses wxWidgets 2.8 by default, and this is not available in Ubuntu 16.10. Ubuntu 16.10 has wxWidgets 3.0, however, the latest Metamorphose 2 0.8.4 beta has some issues when it's ran with it.

There are some wxWidgets 3.0 fixes for Metamorphose 2 in its GitHub repository, so I decided to upload the latest Git code to the main WebUpd8 PPA, for both Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04 (which now uses wxWidgets 3.0, like the Ubuntu 16.10 package).

I tested the latest Metamorphose 2 from Git on two Ubuntu 16.10 virtual machines as well as one Ubuntu 16.04 and one Linux Mint 18 (Cinnamon) VMs, and I didn't encounter any issues preventing the app from starting (the only issue I encountered is the "show image thumbnails" option not working, so avoid using it). However, there are reports on its GitHub page that it fails to start, but most are on Fedora, so it might be a Fedora-specific issue. Even so, keep in mind that it might not work for you.


Install Metamorphose 2 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA


To install Metamorphose 2 in Ubuntu 16.10, 16.04 / Linux Mint 18 by using the main WebUpd8 PPA, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install metamorphose2

If you don't want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb files from HERE.

Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.x users can install an older version, which can be downloaded from HERE (the latest version requires a newer dependency). For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the Metamorphose 2 SourceForge and GitHub pages.

To launch Metamorphose 2 in Ubuntu 16.10 or 16.04 / Linux Mint 18, use its menu / Dash entry or, if you want to launch it from a terminal, make sure to append "-w 3.0" so the application runs with wxWidgets 3.0.


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