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I am working on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

I want to add "Open terminal here" to Nautilus context or right-click menu but it tries to download 32bit version from Internet.

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I really don't understand the question. Could you reformulate and explain it differently? –  Hanynowsky Oct 28 '12 at 2:34
@Hanynowsky its a feature found in Xubuntu/xfce. –  Suhaib Oct 28 '12 at 3:42
It's actually a feature that plugs into nautilus, so ordinary Ubuntu works, as well as many others that use nautilus. –  tudor May 8 '13 at 2:10

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You have to install the Install nautilus-open-terminalnautilus-open-terminal package from the universe repositories:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal


nautilus -q  

In order to restart Nautilus


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thanks,sir it works –  Sagar Nikam Nov 3 '12 at 7:53
I notice that in 13.04 raring ringtail it has disappeared from the "Files" menu and is now only available in the right-click menu. :-( –  tudor May 8 '13 at 2:09
Any idea on how to make it use the normal terminal settings? The terminal it opened didn't have the normal colors and settings. –  snapfractalpop Dec 3 '13 at 18:06
@snapfractalpop Do you verify that the terminal it opens is the one you expected? There is not one terminal program only on an Ubuntu install (at least gnome-terminal and xterm). –  air-dex Dec 4 '13 at 1:57
Works for 14.04 too. –  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 1 '14 at 7:26

nautilus-open-terminal and nautilus-actions packages are available in Universe repository of Ubuntu 14.04. So run the below commands to enable universe repository and also to install above mentioned packages.

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal
sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions

Finally run nautilus -q command to quit nautilus.Now you can be able to see Open in terminal option on right-clicking.

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Gotcha, figured I was missing something like this. Thanks! –  Benjamin Oakes Apr 20 '14 at 1:58
If it helps then accept my answer. –  Avinash Raj Apr 20 '14 at 1:59
Hadn't had a chance to try it on 14.04 yet. But I just did and it worked. :) Thanks again! –  Benjamin Oakes Apr 21 '14 at 1:39
it isn't enabled by default. You have to add it manually. –  Avinash Raj Jun 23 '14 at 5:48
+1 for "sudo add-apt-repository universe" which I was looking for :) –  Kozuch Aug 12 '14 at 13:45

Here is my script to open terminal in the current directory,

I built my own after the open-terminal plugin stopped working for me

# A nautilus script to open gnome-terminal in the current directory
# place in ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts
#                                       Remove file:// from CURRENT_URI
gnome-terminal --working-directory=`echo "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI" | cut -c 8-`

PS: Here is some bonus info

Assigning a shortcut to the script

  • Add executable script to ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts
  • Wait some time - nautilus regenerates accels file
  • Edit file ~/.gnome2/accels/nautilus

  • Find line similar to this one:

; (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ScriptsGroup/script_file:\\s\\s\\shome\\sgautam\\s.gnome2\\snautilus-scripts\\sopen-terminal" "")

  • Remove comment (semicolon) and specify shortcut like this:

(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ScriptsGroup/script_file:\\s\\s\\shome\\sgautam\\s.gnome2\\snautilus-scripts\\sopen-terminal" "<Primary><Shift>t")

  • Save file.
  • Logout - login.
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Will it work on nautilus-GTK3 ? –  Tachyons Feb 3 '13 at 14:22
Not sure, I am using it on plain ubuntu 12.04 x64, give it a shot . –  Gautam Feb 3 '13 at 14:42
In 14.04, Gnome 13.12, the script works, but the shortcut assignment method does not. –  Rasmus Jun 17 '14 at 11:08

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop edition today 07-18-2014, and all I had to do to get the command line option in Nautilus was the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal
nautilus -q
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super script!!!

work for me in gnome shell 3.18 but I had to use different path:



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Do a

sudo apt-get update

and try again.


cd /tmp

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/n/nautilus-open-terminal/nautilus-open-terminal_0.20-1_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i nautilus*deb

sudo apt-get install -f

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I used @Gautam's solution until I found it will not work (I mean a script itself) if path contains non-ascii characters because it's URL encoded.

Here is my little fix which is working at least for me. So, the script should look like this:


According to gnome-terminal docs, when you execute this:

cd path/to/dir

gnome-terminal will use path/to/dir as working directory, which explains why that script works.

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