I would like to have this option in my menu on right click.

At the moment it looks like this:

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And I know that I can hit Ctrl+H to show the hidden files but I want to learn so if I want to add some other options later I can use this answer.


Yes‚ you can do it with this steps:

nano ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/hide_or_show

And then paste this lines to it:

OLDSTATE=$(gsettings get org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden)
if [ "$OLDSTATE" == "false" ] ; then
gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden true
gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden false

And then make this file executable:

chmod +x  ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/hide_or_show

And then restart nautilus:

nautilus -q

And after this you can right-click on any files and then from scripts choose hide_or_show.

But if you want to hide_or_show display every where like empty space (not only when a files is selected):

1.Install nautilus-actions:

sudo apt install nautilus-actions

2.Then click on Define a new action.

3.From action tab, in the Context-label field, type hide_or_show (or any other names that you want)

4.Then check the Display item in location context menu.

5.From Command tab, in the Path, type /home/YOURUSERNAME/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/hide_or_show

6.Then save the changes by Ctrl+s and then restart nautilus:

nautilus -q

So with this steps hide_or_show is always visible in context menu > nautilus Actions action.

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  • I am not sure if we understand each other. I wanted to have an option in right click menu to show all hidden files like in pcmanfm file explorer. – lewis4u Jun 5 '17 at 18:08
  • @lewis4u Thanks for your reply; No this instruction do the same thing as you want . Please try it ;) – Ali Razmdideh Jun 5 '17 at 22:42
  • Yes, it works...but it's not as i wanted to...to be seamless like the option "Open in Terminal" in standard right click menu. You must click on some file to be able to change show_hide, it would be nice when it could work by clicking in empty space like in pcmanfm – lewis4u Jun 6 '17 at 14:17
  • @lewis4u yes ; but the in second method you can click on empty space . Did you tested the second one ? In the second method when you check the "Display item in location context menu" you can click on empty space. – Ali Razmdideh Jun 6 '17 at 16:54
  • @lewis4u Please try "nautilus-action" way. – Ali Razmdideh Jun 6 '17 at 17:03

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