How to get Nautilus-scripts (Terminal here, Root Nautilus, Root Gedit) working on Ubuntu 13.04?

I copied those scripts to .gnome2/nautilus-scripts folder but it dose not seem to work anymore


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Try putting scripts in /home/$USER/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/

This is my scripts folder:

Nautilus Scripts Folder

This is the result:

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    That works but the script only comes up if I right click on a folder or a file and not on empty space in nautilus Apr 23, 2013 at 1:21
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    I am not sure how to get right clicking empty space to open up the Nautilus script menu, but I think that would be another question. The folder used above does (I believe) work on right click of empty space in 12.10. I will confirm that soon, when I can get on a computer with 12.10.
    – daboross
    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:59
  • your method works with nautilus 3.4 perfectly. The problem is only with nautilus 3.6. Anyways, temporary I am using Nemo file manager in which "open in terminal" and "open as root" are build in. Apr 23, 2013 at 13:47
  • Ok! I think if you want more help with this though you should probably make a new question about right clicking in empty space with the new nautilus. As this question is about getting the scripts to work at all. I will try to look for an answer though
    – daboross
    Apr 23, 2013 at 18:24

Nautilus Actions

We may define our own right-click context menu items with nautilus-actions Install nautilus-actions.

  • Run the Nautilus-Actions Configuration Tool either from the Dash, or from a terminal with


With this tool I was able to make a context menu item to open terminal here. I've followed these steps:

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One thing to note... It didn't show up on toolbar, or I didn't know where to look for it. So you don't have to check those two boxes in the second screenshot.

The whole thing works nicely, and I can click on files/folders or empty space to open terminal on current folder. It took a little effort to find out that the correct variable for folder path was "%d/%w".

When I was in /home/logan/games:

  • %d would get /home/logan if clicked on empty space
  • %d would get /home/logan/games if clicked on any file/folder under games folder

But %d/%w seems to work for both empty space and on folder/file.

You may also need to logout and log back in, unless you restart nautilus to reload the context menu.


Just use Nautilus-Action script to implement this.

Install gksu and nautilus-actions from the Software Centre Then open the Nautilus-Action Configuration Tool

In the Nautilus-Action Configuration Tool create a new action In the Action tab, type 'Open Folder As Root' in the Context label In the Command tab, input the values 'gksu' and 'nautilus %d/%w' in Command Path and Parameters respectively. Then Restart nautilus : nautilus -q

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