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
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    @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. – tu-Reinstate Monica-dor duh May 8 '13 at 2:10
  • the feature is also found in cinnamon – phuclv Nov 4 '16 at 3:01
  • The solution in some of the answers is to install a package. There is no longer a need to install a package because this feature seems to be already present in 16.04. – H2ONaCl Dec 7 '16 at 22:59

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You have to install the nautilus-open-terminal package from the universe repositories for Ubuntu versions up to Ubuntu 15.04:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

If you want to install it with apturl, use this URL: apt://nautilus-open-terminal


nautilus -q  

In order to restart Nautilus


In Ubuntu 15.10, the functionality is already included in nautilus!

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    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. :-( – tu-Reinstate Monica-dor duh May 8 '13 at 2:09
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    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
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    Works for 14.04 too. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 1 '14 at 7:26
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    In 16.04 there is no nautilus-open-terminal package. Use nautilus-actions instead. – nachtigall Sep 10 '16 at 4:32

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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  • 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
  • Is the universe repository enabled per default? I did not have add it manually. – king_julien Jun 23 '14 at 5:41
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    it isn't enabled by default. You have to add it manually. – Avinash Raj Jun 23 '14 at 5:48
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    +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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    sorry ,how it is different from accepted answer? – Ravan Oct 6 '15 at 1:41
  • IIRC a lot of different solutions were posted, some speaking of different ubuntu versions requiring different methods -- so I posted my experience on my version at the time. – bazz Oct 7 '15 at 3:28
  • I appreciate you-don't mind-this post came on review,that is the only reason I posted the comment – Ravan Oct 7 '15 at 3:32

Just use:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-extension-gnome-terminal 

and Logout/Login or reboot.

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You'll need to install nautilus-admin (make sure to install the additional files) to have the right click option and others as well, since nautilus-open-terminal is no longer maintained.

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If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 or newer:

sudo apt install nautilus-admin 
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  • This is not an addon to open a terminal in the current directory, but to open a nautilus window with root permissions or edit a file with root permissions. The accepted answer is still valid for 18.04. You may want to delete your answer. – vanadium Apr 2 '19 at 14:14
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    @vanadium The accepted answer does not work for me. This one does as it also add 'open in terminal' when right clicking on folder. – doom Sep 10 '19 at 9:25
  • It might work for you as a workaround, but does not provide a correct answer on the question how to add an open in terminal right-click item. What this answer does is open a dangerous terminal with root permissions. Therefore, I do not consider this a good answer for general use. – vanadium Sep 10 '19 at 10:19
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    Actually, the right-click menu action now is provided by the package nautilus-extension-gnome-terminal, which in Ubuntu is installed by default – vanadium Sep 10 '19 at 10:24

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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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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  1. Find the .bashrc file in Home.
  2. Open it with any text editor.
  3. Add a line at the end: cd $PWD
  4. Save it.
  5. Close all instances of Nautilus
  6. Now, when you open Nautilus you will get to see the "Open in terminal" option in the right-click menu and it loads the current directory path when clicked.
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  • This doesn't work. – Jay Marm Feb 2 at 21:12

For recent versions of Ubuntu (eg. 18)... create/save this script in:


Note: you need to also chg the permission of this new file to allow execution

It will add a Scripts right click context menu item (with the name given e.g. 'open-in-terminal.sh') for any file or directory you click in nautilus.

# When a directory is selected, go there. Otherwise go to current
# directory. If more than one directory is selected, show error.
    if [ $# -eq 1 ]; then
        # Go to file's directory if it's a file
        if [ ! -d "$destination" ]; then
            destination="`dirname "$destination"`"
        zenity --error --title="ERROR! Open terminal here" \
            --text="Plz only select one directory."
        exit 1
    destination="`echo "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI" | sed 's/^file:\/\///'`"

# It's only possible to go to local directories
if [ -n "`echo "$destination" | grep '^[a-zA-Z0-9]\+:'`" ]; then
    zenity --error --title="ERROR! Open terminal here" \
        --text="Sorry, only local directories can be used."
    exit 1

gnome-terminal --working-directory="$destination"

Based on this source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NautilusScriptsHowto/SampleScripts#Open_terminal_here

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This link provides the best working solution for adding the feature "Open terminal here" as context command menu for a folder.


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