Few Useful Nautilus Extensions for Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 & 11.10

‘Nautilus’ is the file manager in Ubuntu which is developed and maintained by the Gnome desktop developers. However recently, they decided to remove some of the major useful features from Nautilus and as a result, Ubuntu 12.10 still uses an older version of Nautilus, because like most others, they too believe that those functions are in fact useful, and should not be removed.

Anyway, Nautilus, being a Gnome application abides the simplistic approach of the Gnome desktop (though in the early days, Gnome was pretty much like the KDE 3 + series as it used to come with a hell lot of options) and looks simple plus, has a clean look it.

However, if one fiends it to be too simple and needs to add new features to it, then that can be done easily thanks to built in features in Nautilus called ‘Nautilus scripts’ and ‘Nautilus Extensions’. Thought ‘extensions’ are more powerful and integrate nicely into the context menu than ‘scripts’, they are both very useful.

There are many ‘Nautilus extensions’ available. One is called the ‘nautilus-actions-extra’ (very popular), which once installed adds a lots of new features into the right-click content menu of ‘Nautilus’. But because it comes with a lot of extensions, not only it will make the context menu longer and cluttered, it will also install some extensions that you probably not going to be needing.

Therefore, I thought of coming up with a list of some of the useful extensions that are included in the ‘nautilus-actions-extra’ and let you know how to install each one manually, so you can exclude the ones that you don’t really need. So here it goes …


Note: Before going into the individual extensions please make sure to open your Terminal and enter the below commands so that the PPA (software repository) is added into Ubuntu (supports 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10).

Update (12, June 2013): There are no individual packages for Ubuntu 13.04 users as the only option is to install the all the extensions through the ‘nautilus-actions-extra’ package. However, even that package will give an error while trying to install, due to unmet dependencies. Luckily, it is easily fixable. So 13.04 users, please avoid adding the below PPA to your system and follow the instructions laid out under each extension installing instructions.

And then you can use the command included in the individual packages (below) for installing them.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nae-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

If you want more recent (beta) packages, then use the below commands instead (as of writing this post, they both contain the same package versions).

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nae-team/daily

sudo apt-get update

Also, after installing each extension, you will have to restart Nautilus for the changes to apply. For that, after installing an extension, make sure to use the below command as well.

nautilus -q


1. ‘nautilus-open-terminal-here’

Let’s say that you were inside a system folder (deep down in the file system) and wanted to quickly open that location in Terminal.

Then rather than opening the Terminal and doing the whole ‘cd’ thingy :), once this extension is installed, you can just right click on an empty area inside a folder (can also select a folder and open a Terminal in that location too) and choose ‘Open Terminal Here’ instead.


sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal-here

Update for Ubuntu 13.04 users: Please download this package and once the download completes, double click on it for installing.

2. ‘nautilus-open-as-root’

The ‘root’ user is the most powerful user in the GNU/Linux operating system. The ‘sudo’ that was introduced few years ago is not exactly the ‘root’ user (due to how ‘root’ implemented) but is only a user permission system that lets another user execute a programs with administrative or privileges of another user (the real ‘root’ user account is disabled in most newer GNU/Linux distributions).

But the thing is, the first user account that you create while installing Ubuntu will have administrative privileges added to it, therefore, that user should be able to perform almost all administrative tasks in Ubuntu with ‘sudo’ privileges.

So when you use Nautilus as a normal user, if you wanted open a folder through it with ‘sudo’ (administrative’) privileges, then install this extension and you’ll have an entry on your right-click context menu.


sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-as-root

Update for Ubuntu 13.04 users: Download this package and double click on it to install.

Note: Please remember that opening Nautilus with administrative privileges is a very risky thing as you can easily end up deleting important folders and files. So use it with caution!.

3. ‘nautilus-gedit’

If you are someone like a system administrator, then this is another useful extension as it lets you open a script, system configuration files etc through ‘Gedit’ text editor with administrative privileges.

sudo apt-get install nautilus-gedit

Update for Ubuntu 13.04 users: Download this package and install it.

4. ‘nautilus-advanced-menu’

This extension comes with few built in tools that lets you add an emblem to a file/folder (another feature that used be there with Nautilus), upload content to ‘pastebin’, calculate file size (not useful at all), check file type (another useful feature that lets you identify the actual type of file — say that you have a file with the wrong extension and don’t know what program to use to open it), mount an ISO file and few other options.


sudo apt-get install nautilus-advanced-menu

Update for Ubuntu 13.04 users: Download this package and install it.

5. ‘nautilus-wallpaper-changer’

Whenever you find a sexy wallpaper, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of opening the ‘Change Desktop Background’ dialog and adding the picture manually, then install this extension.


Once installed, you can just select an image and right click on it and choose ‘Set as wallpaper’. It also gives you an option to choose various wallpaper settings (zoom, scaled, centered etc) as well.

sudo apt-get install nautilus-wallpaper-changer

Update for Ubuntu 13.04 users: Get this package and install it.

6. ‘nautilus-refresh’

If you are a Windows user who’s addicted to ‘refreshing’ 🙂 and got frustrated in Ubuntu as Nautilus’s right-click context menu does not have that (‘F5’ keyboard shortcut), then install this extension to get that functionality back.


sudo apt-get install nautilus-refresh

Update for Ubuntu 13.04 users: Get this package and install it.

How to remove them?

If you wanted to get rid of them later, then simply use the below command and replace the ‘extension-name’ with the actual name of that extension that you used while installing.

sudo apt-get autoremove extension-name

That’s it, good luck.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

6 thoughts on “Few Useful Nautilus Extensions for Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 & 11.10”

    • First of all, I’m really sorr about the late response. Your comment was in the ‘SPAM’ folder, which happens once every while. Anyhow, I have updated the article with instructions for getting them to work under Ubuntu 13.04. Thanks for letting me know that.


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