Nautilus has the ability to assign a keyboard shortcut to open a terminal at the current folder.

Is this possible in Nemo (I have version 2.6.7, running on Linux Mint 17.2)?

  • (As I don't have enough points, I cannot add a comment... :$ So, I have to type a new answer.) I can confirm that the above mentioned method answered by John Lindgren still works on Ubuntu 19.04 with Nemo 3.8.5.
    – Gert Boers
    Apr 22, 2019 at 18:43

2 Answers 2


Yes, it's possible but not obvious how to do it:

  • Create the file ~/.gnome2/accels/nemo:

    $ mkdir -p ~/.gnome2/accels
    $ touch ~/.gnome2/accels/nemo
  • Then add the following line in that file (replace "F4" with whatever shortcut you want to use):

    (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/DirViewActions/OpenInTerminal" "F4")

This worked for me with Nemo 3.6.5 on Ubuntu 18.04.

Source: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=225682#p1197133

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    Thanks! Works in Ubuntu 20.04 (requires a restart of nemo to start working).
    – Kvothe
    Nov 19, 2020 at 17:44
  • This method doesn't work in Nemo 4.8.6
    – vrgovinda
    Mar 5, 2022 at 0:55

In Nemo, a terminal is just part of the package! No funny shortcuts needed! :-)

Nemo with terminal active

Just ensure the plug-in is installed:

sudo apt-get install nemo-terminal

Which will ensure you have a terminal ready at all times.

If you want additional terminals on top of the standard one, just right-click any directory and choose the menu-item Open in Terminal and it'll open an additional terminal. Continue doing this for more terminal windows. ;-)

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    – Fabby
    Jan 4, 2016 at 21:22
  • The built-in terminal is fine for some workflows, but I very often start my work by navigating to a folder in Nemo then launching a couple of terminals to run, e.g. iPython and vim. So I really need a separate terminal window.
    – LondonRob
    Jan 5, 2016 at 15:57
  • @LondonRob: Answer edited. See bold section.
    – Fabby
    Jan 5, 2016 at 20:32
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    Thanks for the update! The right-click method is what I currently use. It's a keyboard shortcut for this very action which I'm after!
    – LondonRob
    Jan 6, 2016 at 1:03
  • Looks like nemo-terminal is not available anymore. Dec 28, 2020 at 11:38

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