OS: Ubuntu 19.10.

I use Nautilus as file manager, and I modified ~/.bashrc file to open the terminal in another directory rather than Home. Let's call the target directory $(MYDIR). Now, the problem is that if I press Right Click -> Open in Terminal in Nautilus, it opens the terminal in $(MYDIR), and that's because I think it executes the line of code I wrote in ~/.bashrc.

Is there a way to fix this? I would like to open $(MYDIR) with ctrl-alt-t , but I would also like to open any directory from Nautilus when I do Open in Terminal. Can I have both?

I think I could do it by adding some code in ~/.bashrc wrapping the line cd $(MYDIR) but I don't know how to do it.

Any kind of help would be appreciated. Thank you

  • what is the 0S??
    – PRATAP
    Apr 6, 2020 at 18:27
  • @PRATAP sorry I forgot. edited
    – 0xFR
    Apr 6, 2020 at 18:30
  • i think you can create another terminal app in your local directory and bind ctrl alt T to open that..so your right click menu will not interfer that..
    – PRATAP
    Apr 6, 2020 at 18:30
  • @PRATAP can you explain? i don't know how to do it, i'm pretty new in Ubuntu
    – 0xFR
    Apr 6, 2020 at 18:33
  • 1
    Hi I just did this way.. bash -c 'gnome-terminal --working-directory=$HOME/Music' and binded it to keyboard shortcut.. i.stack.imgur.com/gajGu.jpg
    – PRATAP
    Apr 6, 2020 at 18:46

1 Answer 1


There's no need to edit bashrc, or other system settings, you can just create a shortcut for whatever you need and assign a key combination for it.

Go to Desktop Settings (depends what desktop environment you use) find keyboard shortcuts there you should see a list of already assigned commands in your system and you should see an option to add the custom shortcut.

For example I want my terminal to open with a specific directory, then add this command as a shortcut:

gnome-terminal -w /path/to/folder

And assign the key combination let's say Ctrl+Alt+H and save it, now when you press it, it'll launch terminal with that directory.

Or you can use -e option to launch File Manager GUI

gnome-terminal -e  NameOfFileManager

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