What I want to achieve is to get a "Git GUI here" item in the context menu of Nautilus (file manager). It should this easy job I would do in a terminal:

cd "path/to/current/folder"
git gui # <-- this pops up a GUI for Git in a new window

I'm using Nautilus Actions Configurator application to achieve this as shown below.

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It does show the custom context menu, yet I would have expected it to also work this way, but it doesn't. Upon hitting my button it just opens Git GUI without actually run in the working directory of Nautilus is in.

What am I doing wrong about this current working directory?

  • @gertvdijk when I leave path empty, item doesn't appear at all
    – Tural Ali
    Jan 10, 2013 at 20:27
  • @gertvdijk ok did it. But it opens git gui. Not in current dir.
    – Tural Ali
    Jan 10, 2013 at 20:33
  • @gertvdijk oh. I kinda got it. It opens git in parent folder. NOt in current
    – Tural Ali
    Jan 10, 2013 at 20:34

1 Answer 1


You need to markup your working directory. This is how I would do it:

Path: /usr/bin/git

Parameters: gui

Working directory: %d/%b

This will use the current directory, then the basename of the directory selected.

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