Nautilus Terminal, plug-in to have a console always at hand


While in Dolphin it is enough to press the F4 key to open a console within the file manager itself, which changes directory automatically as we navigate, 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.

NautilusTerminal is a complement to Nautilus that allows us to have a embedded console in the GNOME file manager. This embedded terminal is always opened 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 when pressing the F4 key
  • Copy / Paste text
  • Resize it


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

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 Recent Documents List
Source - Official site

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