“Nautilus-Terminal”: An App for Embedding Terminal into Nautilus File Manager

Command-line is the basic foundation of GNU/Linux OS and even these days, apart from all the awesome user friendly programs and all that the emulation of the original command-line interface, known as the Terminal is one of the most widely used apps among GNU/Linux users.

Concerning Ubuntu, sometimes while installing a downloaded package or compiling one from the source-code, you will need to change to its directory from the Terminal window which and it can be a bit of a problem since software programs usually have numbers and other weird characters and entering them ain’t the most enjoyable task.

There’s a utility called “Nautilus-Terminal” that embeds into the Nautilus file manager and when you open it, it also changes the directory to that folder which is very handy while executing programs that are in different location than the ‘Home’ folder.

Main features…

*. Runs on top of Nautilus (display the command-line window below the toolbar).

*. As said it automatically change the directory (‘cd’).

Useful … but comes with a “cost” (more below)…

*. Show/Hide the window (using both the mouse and the keyboard).

*. Can configure to show the terminal window in certain folders only.

*. Change fonts and colors plus few other setting via the Preferences window.

*. Now supports Nautilus 3.0 (version in Ubuntu 11.10).

You can install Nautilus-Terminal in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below commands.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flozz/flozz

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nautilus-terminal

Now restart Nautilus using the below command.

nautilus -q

To be honest, after installing it and opening folders I did feel a bit of a slow down (slight one though) since now both nautilus and the Terminal has to change their folders (“cd”). In that case, if you stall want to easily open a command-line from any folder in Nautilus without slowing down anything, then you might wanna consider the Nautilus Open Terminal extension.

If it gives you troubles then you can completely remove it using the below command.

sudo apt-get purge nautilus-terminal

Make sure to restart Nautilus file manager for the changes to take affect.

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