I have two work stations, one running Ubuntu 16.04, Nautilus 3.14.3 and one running 16.10, nautilus 3.20.3.

On Ubuntu 16.04, I can click the menu to the top right of nautilus and select "Open in Terminal", which is incredibly useful. Better still, if I'm browsing some sftp / sshfs share, I can even select "Open in remote Terminal". I've really come to rely on those simple but incredibly useful options.


In Ubuntu 16.10, those options are completely missing. I know there is the context menu, which let's me "Open in Terminal" as well, but that's pretty useless if the folder is full of files and a file is selected, I can't un-select it. Also, the "Open in remote Terminal" option does not exist in 16.10 / Nautilus 3.20.3.


I've looked through the settings, but found nothing. I also looked through here, but only found "nautilus-admin", "nautilus-open-terminal" and "gnome-terminal-nautilus", but neither of these packages helped and some don't exist anymore.

So my question is, is this feature standard in Ubuntu 16.04, or has this work station additional packages that provide "Open in Terminal" from the options menu (and not the context menu)?

And how can I add this feature in Ubuntu 16.10 and possibly 17.04 should I choose to upgrade?

3 Answers 3


Edit : just install nautilus-action and gnome-terminal did the trick

sudo apt install nautilus-action gnome-terminal

If you don't want to use gnome-terminal, then you can use the following steps :

I managed to reproduce it via the nautilus-action package.

sudo apt install nautilus-actions

Launch the configuration tool :


First, change the global preferences to display actions at the root of Nautilus menu (instead of nested) : go to Edit/Preferences menu and uncheck the "Create a root 'Nautilus-Actions' menu like below :

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Click on Ok. Now, we add our action : go to menu File/New Action and check "Display item in location context menu", change the "Context label" to "Open in terminal". See below :

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Go to the Command tab and put "x-terminal-window" in the Path.

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Don't forget to save the configuration (menu File/Save) and to restart nautilus (in a terminal : nautilus -q)

After launching a new nautilus window, you should have someting like that in the top right menu :

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  • Hi, thanks for your effort! Installing nautilus-actions didn't help. However, the context menu does have "open in remote terminal" as I just learned, so apparently the option menu entries disappeared and moved to the context menu.
    – RemusKaos
    Jul 2, 2017 at 19:04
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    The binary was renamed from nautilus-actions-config-tool to fma-config-tool.
    – darkdragon
    Dec 12, 2019 at 23:30
  • This doesn't work anymore: > E: Unable to locate package nautilus-action
    – Raleigh L.
    Aug 11, 2022 at 5:16

For Xubuntu

sudo apt install nautilus-actions

Then launch Natulius-Actions Configuration Tool. Do as told in Brahim Hamdouni's answer except for the part where you enter x-terminal-window. You should paste this to PATH:

exo-open --working-directory %f --launch TerminalEmulator

This action will open default terminal emulator you are using. Don't enter anything for parameter. Save then run Natulius to check.


In 2021, in terminal:

apt install nautilus-extension-gnome-terminal

After installing, logout and login back to see rightclick > open interminal in nautilus.

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