How do I just restart the nautilus after adding a nautilus script without having to log out.


To restart nautilus...

  • First, type the following in your terminal to quit nautilus:

    nautilus -q or killall nautilus

  • Then, open nautilus via Unity menu (press the Super key) or using the run command (Alt + F2).

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    Is there a way to do this without starting a nautilus window? As in it would be running and display a desktop without bringing it's own window. – Bufke May 10 '12 at 20:15
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    if nautilus crashes, which happens quite easily in 12.04, then your desktop items are gone. This does not help to bring them back permanently. As soon as you close nautilus, the desktop is empty once more. – Anthon Jul 10 '12 at 22:28
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    +1 for killall nautilus it should be first solution – sorrow poetry Apr 22 '18 at 13:05

Open terminal by Ctrl+Alt+T and try this:

$ nautilus -q && nautilus &

get it done without switching from the terminal.


Another option without terminal is by closing "Nautilus" from "System Monitor" .


I had a GTK error at one point and nautilus -q did not work. So instead of asking nicely I went a more ridiculous route to kill nautilus and restart.

$ ps -aux | grep nautilus

This will list all processes that have nautilus in description. You should get something like this.

carlos 2070 0.1 0.9 1608528 77500 ? Sl 08:56 0:40 nautilus -n

carlos 29272 0.0 0.0 16744 1004 pts/1 S+ 16:38 0:00 grep --color=auto nautilus

Look for the one with a 5 digit code next to your username. Once you have that written down you can kill the process.

$ sudo kill 29272

Nautilus should die and restart automatically. Again I just used this because I had a wierd GTK error when I tried running nautilus -q.

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