I use nautilus as my default file manager. Is there any way that I can customize it so that right click anywhere in the window gives an option to open the current directory in terminal. I have seen same feature in dolphin, wish I could do the same in nautilus too.


Install nautilus-open-terminal. In a terminal type:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

Once it installs, type nautilus -q && nautilus & to quit and reopen nautilus, and check the right click option.

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    there is no need to log out and log back in. just go to terminal and write $ sudo killall -9 nautilus and once again writing $ nautilus works fine. – shivshnkr May 10 '13 at 15:39
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    or simply nautilus -q && nautilus& – Glutanimate May 10 '13 at 19:46
  • Verified on 16.04 – gatorback Dec 3 '17 at 16:19
  • I can't find this package in the 17.10 repos, however in default Nautilus if I go one level up in the directory hierarchy, I can right-click the folder and there is "open in terminal" option. – jena Mar 6 '18 at 18:56
  • According to top answer in the linked duplicate question, there is another package in the new Ubuntu versions - nautilus-actions. – jena Mar 6 '18 at 19:00

I did the following:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal
nautilus -q

Then just click the file manager window, and then try right clicking anywhere and the option "Open in Terminal" is right there!


To open a terminal from Nautilus, you must install the package nautilus-open-terminal (sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal from the command line). In the context menu is the option to open a terminal in the current directory.

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