Nautilus Terminal, extension to have a console always at hand

While in Dolphin just press the F4 key to open a console in the file manager itself, Which changes directory automatically as we browse, Nautilus does not have a similar tool; at least not by default. Luckily there is Nautilus Terminal, a small tool that allows us to enjoy this interesting feature.

Nautilus Terminal is a plugin for Nautilus that allows us to have one embedded console in the GNOME file manager. This embedded terminal always opens in the current directory, following the user’s navigation by executing the command


automatically. Nautilus Terminal also offers the possibility of:

  • Drag and drop directories and files
  • Show and hide the console by pressing the F4 key
  • Copy / Paste text
  • Resize


Installing the Nautilus Terminal plug-in on Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04 is very easy thanks to the repository maintained by Fabien Loison, creator of the tool. To add this repository we open a console and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flozz/flozz

Followed by:

sudo apt-get update

And finally:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-terminal

All that remains is to restart Nautilus, with the command

nautilus -q

for example; once we start the file manager again we can use Nautilus Terminal by pressing F4.

More information – Nautilus: Disabling the list of recent documents
font – official site

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