It appears that 13.04 restored the emblem capability in "nautilus-emblems". Unfortunately the installation instructions in /usr/share/doc/nautilus-emblems/README.md aren't very clear:

As root user copy the .py file in /usr/share/nautilus-python/extensions/.

You need to kill nautilus: nautilus -q and restart it again: nautilus.

Copy to where? has anyone got this working?

  • I don't have a "nautilus-emblems" folder on my machine...
    – Seth
    May 19 '13 at 19:47
  • @Seth - you have to install the package: sudo apt-get install nautilus-emblem. It still doesn't give you an executable though, just a python script.
    – nbubis
    May 19 '13 at 19:50

Those instructions are for manual installation, so you can ignore them since you're installing from a package instead.

Installing the package should be the only thing you need to do. However, there's currently an unrelated bug that's preventing nautilus-emblems from being loaded.


The bug has been fixed in what will become Ubuntu 13.10. If you wait until October and then upgrade Ubuntu, nautilus-emblems should work.

There's been no indication yet of plans to release a fix for Ubuntu 13.04.

Temporary workaround

If you're feeling adventurous, you can try building the unreleased package for Ubuntu 13.04:

  1. Install build-essential, debian-keyring, and the build dependencies for python-nautilus.
  2. Save the three source package downloads to a temporary location and run:

    dpkg-source -x nautilus-python_1.1-3ubuntu3.dsc
    cd nautilus-python-1.1
    dpkg-buildpackage -b
  3. Install python-nautilus_1.1-3ubuntu3_amd64.deb.

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