As of right now, if I want to duplicate a folder or file, I right click on it, choose 'copy', click on nautilus itself to change focus from current folder/file, right click somewhere else and choose 'paste'.

Is it possible to duplicate a folder or file directly, like through a 'right click' -> 'duplicate' in nautilus?

  • You want something faster than Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V ? – Registered User Apr 8 '14 at 11:19
  • @AdityaPatil Hahah. Yah. Am a touchpad user and not a keyboard user. That's why. – Parto Apr 8 '14 at 11:21
  • You can make a plugin for nautilus that does just that – ladaghini Apr 8 '14 at 11:27
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    You can also CTRL + drag a file/folder to create a copy. But that would require keyboard input, I guess. – Glutanimate Apr 8 '14 at 11:38
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    @Glutanimate Wow, didn't even know zat. It's awesome. Pressing just one key doesn't make me 'a keyboard guru' :-) – Parto Apr 8 '14 at 11:50

Inbuilt shortcut

You can drag files while holding down CTRL to copy them.

Keyboard independent solution using a Nautilus script

Here's a short Nautilus script that should cover your use case:

#Nautilus script to duplicate selected files/folders

while [ $# -gt 0 ]; do

    echo "$# file(s)/folder(s) left to duplicate."

echo "Done."

Installation instructions

Note: This is a very simple script and will fail if a duplicate file of the same naming scheme already exists in the same directory. It's also not as elegant as the naming Nautilus does by default ( (copy) is inserted after the extension).

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