How To: Fix Kali Files GUI Disappearing After Update

One of the first things I do when booting up my testing machines and VM’s is run an update script that checks and upgrades any packages on Kali to ensure that I am always running the latest builds, it appears as of the other day doing so broke a core feature of Kali and removed the Files application, which by default is Nautilus. As much as I’m sure there will be a fix pushed out soon, here are the instructions on how to re-install nautilus:

  1. Open up your terminal of choose
  2. Download the deb files as follows:
    1. wget http://ftp.br.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gnome-desktop3/libgnome-desktop-3-18_3.34.1-1_amd64.deb
    2. wget http://ftp.br.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gnome-desktop3/gnome-desktop3-data_3.34.1-1_all.deb
  3. Now install both files using the following commands:
    1. dpkg -i gnome-desktop3-data_3.34.1-1_all.deb
    2. dpkg -i libgnome-desktop-3-18_3.34.1-1_amd64.deb
  4. Now install nautilus using the following command:
    1. apt install nautilus