How to change default "sort by" to "type" in nautilus

On Nemo (a recent fork of nautilus), I have the following in the menu :

  1. Edit > Preferences
  2. then on the Views tab
    • I got a section called Default View
    • with a line Arrange items, there is a select where I can choose the default sort order


Determine the current default value of Nautilus sort order using gsettings

gsettings get org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-sort-order

Then change/set it to 'type'

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-sort-order 'type'

The change happens instantly

update February 2017:

nautilus now has a configuration option to sort directories first (I think since 3.14 or so) so I recommend using that instead of changing the default sort order. It is literally the first item in GUI preferences.

initial post from May 2014

I see the same problems on Fedora 18 (using the same versions).

The first attempt using dconf directly via the command line does not work for me:

$ dconf write /org/gnome/nautilus/preferences/default-sort-order type
error: 0-4:unknown keyword

Now gsettings to the rescue:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-sort-order type

I'm not sure why dconf does not accept 'type' as a valid value even though dconf-editor explicitely lists it in the help text but gsettings works for me just fine.