With regards to this question, the solution provide to get backspace for going back in nautilus does not function any longer. I would like to know if there is a functioning workaround for nautilus 3.18.4?

With "going back in nautilus" I me to go up the path, i. e. from ~/.config/nautilus to ~/config.


(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ShellActions/Back" "BackSpace")


(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ShellActions/Up" "BackSpace")

in ~/.config/nautilus/accels and a subsequent killall nautilus does the trick.


As can be found in this and this thread, Nautilus (since 3.15.4) no longer uses GtkAction, but GAction. A fact not known to me. Is there a way know how to edit GAction, without patching it as proposed here?



1) Install Nautilus Python

(apt-get install python-nautilus)

2) Download Backspace-Back.py from Nautilus-backspace and put it here:


(you might have to create this directory first)

3) Restart Nautilus (killall nautilus)


Nautilus Shortcuts

You can use Alt-Left and Alt-Right to move through your location history.

Alt-Left has the same functionality as Backspace.

Similarly, Alt-Up and Alt-Down move your location up and down the directory branch visible on the address bar.

Example: enter image description here

In the example above Alt-Up would move you to /etc/.

Likewise, Alt-Down would move you to /etc/apache2/mods-available/.

  • Thank very much for your fast and long answer, A.B. There is no way to get only Backspace working? I ask since I find the proposed solution rather unhandy to use. – Til Hund Jan 18 '16 at 15:41
  • See my edit. – Til Hund Jan 18 '16 at 19:40

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