How to Add ‘File Compare’ to Ubuntu Nautilus Context Menu

July 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

This simple tutorial shows you how to add ‘File Compare’ option on Nautilus’ context menu in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

file compare in nautilus

There are a few tools in Ubuntu allow to compare files or folders, such as Meld Diff Viewer, Kdiff3. Nautilus-compare is a simple plugin that integrates them with Nautilus file browser.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open temrinal. When it opens, run below command to install this plugin:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-compare

Once installed, open “Nautilus Compare Extension Preferences” from Unity Dash and choose your diff veiwer:

nautilus file compare extension

Finally, restart Nautilus by below command to apply changes:

nautilus -q

For Ubuntu 13.04, due to bugs you need to run below command to get it work:

for 32-bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

for 64-bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

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