How to Install Nautilus Actions in Ubuntu 18.04

Last updated: February 12, 2019

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Nautilus actions is a file manager extension allows to add arbitrary program to be launched through the context menu of selected files.

Ubuntu does no longer ship the Nautilus actions package in universe repositories since it’s been deprecated and renamed to FileManager actions.

For those still need the tool, it has made into PPA repository for Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:daniel-marynicz/filemanager-actions

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then run commands to install the extension:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install filemanager-actions-nautilus-extension

For Linux Mint Cinnamon or MATE desktop, you can install Nemo or Caja extension via command:

sudo apt install filemanager-actions-nemo-extension filemanager-actions-caja-extension

Once installed, search for and launch FileManager Actions to launch the tool.


To remove filemanager actions, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove filemanager-actions

To remove the PPA, go to Software & Updates -> Other Software.


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6 responses to How to Install Nautilus Actions in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. Christofer Minestar February 11, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    I get `sudo apt install filemanager-actions-nautilus-extension
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package filemanager-actions-nautilus-extension` when running.

  2. from portugal thanks for the help.. Luis

  3. Hi everyone,

    It didn’t work for me

    Ubuntu 18.10 just installed.