I heard about nautilus-gksu and would like to install it. Unfortunately, when I try, I get this:

glemi@XPS:~$ sudo apt-get install nautilus-gksu
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package nautilus-gksu

How and where can I get this package?

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nautilus-gksu don't work anymore for a long time since version 12.04 of Ubuntu.

In replace for this use "Nautilus Admin" extension where is available in the official Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-admin

What it do?

Runs Nautilus As Root for any folder and for files open as root with gedit

How to use?

Inside Nautilus, Right-click on any Nautilus file/folder and then Open as Administrator/Edit as Administrator


Apparently nautilus-gksu has not been in the Ubuntu repositories since 12.04.

I got the below from: http://www.upubuntu.com/2012/09/open-files-and-folders-as-root-from.html

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nautilus-gksu

Then restart nautilus with this command:

nautilus -q

I didn't try this myself, and don't know if there's a better repository to add than upubuntu; it's also supposed to be available from the Linux Mint repositories from my quick Google search. If you Google for alternates, I would recommend limiting the results to the last year, to avoid obsolete references.

  • Excellent answer - thank you very much Borax Bob! I used the upubuntu repository and it worked right away. I wonder why they would remove such a useful package from the standard repository.
    – Glemi
    Jul 6, 2013 at 14:30
  • I would up-vote your answer if I had the required reputation.
    – Glemi
    Jul 6, 2013 at 14:31
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    I received "E: unable to locate package nautilus-gksu" on the third step.
    – Gaʀʀʏ
    Apr 21, 2014 at 20:37
  • It seems it is no more located in that repository. Could you please update your answer or comment where one can get 'gksu' from? Thank you.
    – GSazheniuk
    Nov 20, 2015 at 18:22

In Ubuntu 18.04 you cannot use nautilus-gksu anymore.

Alternative way to use a gksu command is to alias it as follows:

function __gksufn() {
  "$1" admin://"$2"

export alias gksu=__gksufn

In this way you can open files as gksu gedit /path/to/your/file.txt

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    Thanks for this. Maybe an obvious question, but is the alias you wrote supposed to go in ~/.bashrc? After writing it and saving I tried gksu nautilus in the terminal and it was unrecognized. I tried making a .bash_aliases file, which is accessed by .bashrc, and putting it in there but it still didn't work. Jul 30, 2018 at 23:31
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    @EbenCowley Is important to notice that the __gksufn() function must exists in the same environment of the alias, so I advice you to put the script into the .bash_rc at the end of the file. Just pay attention to export part, it's important to know that the export will make alias available in the current environment. Jul 31, 2018 at 7:17

Check your internet connection. If you are behind a proxy server, configure APT from /etc/apt/apt.conf to use the proxy.

Then, run sudo apt-get update to update the sources.

This should fix your problem.

  • Thank you for the suggestion Manishearth - I believe my Internet connection works just fine (otherwise I couldn't have posted this question here, right?). There is no proxy that I know of that I'm behind (if there were I wouldn't know how to configure it). I ran sudo apt-get update though but it didn't help. By the way, I can install other packages without problem so I doubt it has anything to do with the Internet connection or how apt is configured.
    – Glemi
    Jun 29, 2013 at 15:08
  • @Glemi Did apt-get update work or did it return an error too? If not, then I don't know what the issue is. Jun 29, 2013 at 15:14
  • It seems to work like a charm - no errors. Does installing nautilus-gksu work on your computer?
    – Glemi
    Jun 29, 2013 at 15:56
  • @Glemi yes, it does Jun 29, 2013 at 16:02

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