In Microsoft Windows, when you are open File Explorer at a specific path, you can press Ctrl+N to open another file explorer in the same path. But in Ubuntu when I try Ctrl+N it opens Home Folder. How I can duplicate the same file browser window? (I use Ubuntu 14.04)

  • You can use right click menu by hovering on the tab - Open in a New Window. – Muzaffar Mar 21 '16 at 4:09
  • Perhaps this might help: askubuntu.com/q/507953/57576 – andrew.46 Mar 21 '16 at 8:05
  • thunar file browser provide such option with same shortcut (installed by default for Xubuntu) I expect you are looking for the feature with Ubuntu/Unity/Nautilus, right? – user.dz Nov 27 '16 at 11:49
  • @user.dz I tested thunar and it was that. But I thought I can add that functionality to native file browser. Do you have any Idea in about that? – hasanghaforian Nov 27 '16 at 15:55
  • @JacobVlijm OK! Thank you for your efforts ... – hasanghaforian Nov 27 '16 at 16:16

If you don't mind using right-click on any of the files in the directory instead of a keyboard shortcut, it can be done easily.

How to setup

  1. Create, if it doesn't exist yet, the directory ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts
  2. Copy the script below into an empty file, save it as new_window_here (no extension in ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts, and Make the script executable
  3. Log out and back in. That's it. Now whenever you right-click on (any) file in a directory, choose Scripts > new_window_here, another window pops up in the same directory:

The script

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import subprocess
import os

def replace(path):
    for c in [("%23", "#"), ("%5D", "]"), ("%5E", "^"),
              ("file://", ""), ("%20", " ")]:
        path = path.replace(c[0], c[1])
    return path

def get(command):
        return subprocess.check_output(command).decode("utf-8").strip()
    except subprocess.CalledProcessError:

# get the current path
current = replace(os.getenv("NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI"))
dr = os.path.realpath(current)
# call the window
subprocess.call(["nautilus", "--new-window", dr])

Right-click any file > Scripts > new_window_here

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...to open a new nautilus window in the same directory.

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  • @hasanghaforian great! You're welcome. – Jacob Vlijm Nov 27 '16 at 19:32
  • Another option: (Shortcut+Drag)

    1. Ctrl+T to open new tab in same folder
    2. Drag it out

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  • Still another way: (2 Clicks)

    In the header bar: Right Click on current folder → Open in New Window

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  • Thank you! I did not know we can open tabs in nautilus! – hasanghaforian Nov 28 '16 at 9:14
  • @hasanghaforian, so you are windows user generally? Most programs that opened much provide tabs, most file/web browsers, terminal emulators, remote clients (rdp, vnc ssh...), text editors ... I added another way (two clicks) – user.dz Nov 28 '16 at 9:38

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