Is there a way I have an integrated terminal within a file manager in Ubuntu (like the way terminal opens up with VSCode) so that when I trigger this inbuilt terminal from any folder, it shows the prompt in the same window.

For example: VSCode integrated terminal looks like this:

VSCode integrated terminal

Now this is achieved by right-clicking and selecting the 'open in Terminal' option, which opens a new window.


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This is the standard behavior of dolphin, the stock KDE file manager (which is by itself a sufficient reason to use KDE). However, to use dolphin under Gnome, I think you will also need to install Konsole and it feels a little out of place on Gnome.

An alternative seems to be Nautilusterminal 3. Though, I have not tested this myself, as I am a KDE user. You can install it by:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flozz/nautilus-terminal
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nautilus-terminal

Since, as of writing this, no Ubuntu 19.10 version is included in the ppa, you can use pip:

sudo apt install python-pip python-nautilus python-psutil
python2 -m pip install --user nautilus_terminal

The project is hosted here. A deb package can be found here.


File manager nnn has options to open a shell or just the command prompt in the current directory.


In Thunar you can click FileOpen Terminal Here or the same by right-clicking any empty space in a folder.


You should see an option to to open a terminal in the Nautilus menu. If not, use 'synaptic' and enter 'nautilus' into the synaptic search bar. Scan the list for the plugins you wish to install.

  • Synaptic didn't find that option. Maybe that package was added by a PPA.
    – karel
    Nov 1, 2019 at 6:32
  • the latest synaptic should show a menu box item when you right click an open space in the directory. have you the latest revision?
    – rob grune
    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:02
  • I have the same version of Synaptic in 18.04 as the default version to be released in 20.04, which I assume to be the latest version, but there is still no package to open a terminal in the Nautilus menu in the list of the plugins to install.
    – karel
    Nov 2, 2019 at 5:54

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