In Kubuntu, Dolphin File Manager has a cool feature that includes a terminal in it which can be toggled at any time by pressing F4. It also changes directories based on the user's navigation in the file browser.

Is there a similar feature for nautilus on Ubuntu?

I am not taking about ubuntu-open-terminal. That will just open a terminal at the current location; I'm looking for a terminal which will follow nautilus navigation.

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    Actually, in KDE Dolphin embeds Konsole. This is why if you install Dolphin under Unity (which works quite well but needs some tweaking for the looks), you also need to install konsole in order to have this functionality.
    – Bruni
    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:07
  • @cst1992 , I know , I just added here as a comment for future reference :-)
    – Tachyons
    Apr 4, 2016 at 13:49
  • @Tachyons That's okay then.
    – cst1992
    Apr 4, 2016 at 13:50
  • The version in the accepted answer is now outdated. Please see my answer. Dec 4, 2021 at 9:56

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That is Nautilus Terminal.

Nautilus Terminal is a terminal embedded in Nautilus, the GNOME's file browser. It is always open in the current folder, and follows the navigation (the cd command is automatically executed when you move to an other folder).

Nautilus Terminal has a lot of functionalities:

  1. It always follows your navigation in your folders.
  2. It supports Copy/Paste (CtrlShiftC / CtrlShiftV).
  3. It supports drag & drop of files and folders.
  4. It can be hidden/shown when you want (with the F4 key).
  5. It is resize-able.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flozz/flozz
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nautilus-terminal

Then run this command to restart nautilus:

nautilus -q

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Website: http://projects.flogisoft.com/nautilus-terminal/

  • Seriously, never heard of the existence of it. Nice catch! Apr 4, 2016 at 7:21
  • @JacobVlijm Maybe you can come up with something like that. This one was last updated in 2011 (though still works with 14.04)
    – Parto
    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:23
  • My option would not be as clean as this one :). Breaking into existing applications is not one of my skills yet :) Apr 4, 2016 at 7:25
  • Oh, okay. Cool though, nice extension.
    – Parto
    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:34
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    The Nautilus Terminal version in this answer is now outdated and no more developed, I have to update the site.... There is a new version on Github that works with latest Nautilus Version → github.com/flozz/nautilus-terminal
    – FLOZz
    Dec 17, 2018 at 15:01

The version of Nautilus Terminal in Parto's answer is now (as 2021-12-03) outdated.

The new version can be found on GitHub:


  • Changed accepted answer to this one 'cause the old one is outdated.
    – cst1992
    Dec 6, 2021 at 7:34

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