I've Googled around, but can't seem to find any consistent tutorials or documentation that describe how to do this (in my case, on Kubuntu 15.10). I want to add custom scripts to the context menu in Dolphin (a la nautilus-scripts for Nautilus). For some reason, when I follow any instructions I find, I'm only able to make the context menu appear when right-clicking the relevant .desktop file. How can I solve this?


KDE Service Menus

In KDE-speak a "servicemenu" is a special entry that appears in a context menu (or other context-based interface) for a file (or for directory), depending on the type of files that are selected.

Creating (Konqueror) KDE Service Menus: https://techbase.kde.org/Development/Tutorials/Creating_Konqueror_Service_Menus

Service Menus with Dolphin: https://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?25740-Service-Menus-with-Dolphin --> KF5 Service Menus: https://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?25740-Service-Menus-with-Dolphin&p=367207&viewfull=1#post367207

Service Menus Missing: https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=223&t=128621


KDE Frameworks 5 is looking services from:

kf5-config --path services


$ kf5-config --path services

That is:

User servicemenus are:


System servicemenus are at


Desktop files

Servicemenus are defined using .desktop files. Desktop Entry Specification: https://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/

Image: Desktop Entry Specification has the meaning of the keys/codes Image: Sample of the Desktop Entry Specification keys/codes

An example - simple servicemenu with file path:

Making: $HOME/.local/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus/myFirstServiceMenu.desktop

If the directory doesn't exist the user can make it !

[Desktop Entry]

[Desktop Action helloWorld]
Name=Hello with path information
Exec=kdialog --msgbox "Path is %f"

Image: a servicemenu at the right place. Image: a servicemenu at the right place.

Closing all Dolphin windows and starting a new one. When right clicking a file:

Image: sample of the servicemenu action

  • Please add the relevant part of the answer here and provide the links only for reference. – Anwar Jun 16 '17 at 13:57

The following worked for me on Ubuntu 16.04

place the scripts in the directory ~/.local/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus/

run kbuildsycoca5

scripts will be visible in new dolphin instances.


On Ubuntu 16.04 with KDE (Kubuntu) one appropriate directory for *.desktop files is /usr/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus/

(compare the output of dpkg -L ark to find similar file locations concerning the ark submenus)

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