I realize the default of the Nemo's right-click "Open in Terminal" is to launch "gnome-terminal", however, my installation is opening "xfce4-terminal" instead.

A while back when "gnome-terminal" was broken, I installed "xfce4-terminal" as an alternative. I configured the system-wide defaults to call "xfce4-terminal" for the terminal.

After the issue with Gnome-terminal was resolved, I moved the system-wide defaults back to Gnome-terminal. Nautilus starting using Gnome-terminal again, however Nemo continues to only launch "xfce4-terminal".

I uninstalled "xfce4-terminal" then the "Open in a Terminal" feature of Nemo stopped working.

In attempts to resolve this issue I have done the following:

  • ReInstalled Ubuntu 16.04
  • Purged and reinstalled Nemo

Nemo still will only launch "xfce4-terminal". It appears to be a problem with in my home folder's Nemo configuration or some other per user cache.

Creating a new user, and Nemo properly launches "Gnome-Terminal".

Can someone help me with where to check and fix Nemo's functionality in my '/home/username` settings.

Is there some type of editible configuration to check what happens when clicking on the "Open in Terminal" function?


Nemo uses the gsettings configuration. This restored the intended behavior:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec gnome-terminal

On Ubuntu it's different for some reason:

$ gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec gnome-terminal

On Xubuntu 18.10 this helps me (I use sakura as a terminal):

$ gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec sakura

Google brought me here, so I'm reviving this thread in hope of saving at least one person from a few unnecessary headaches.

I'm using Debian and James' suggestion above didn't work for me. So I took a look at Nemo's source code, and in nemo-global-preferences.c I found that the (upstream) config schema is the following:


I'm using Nemo as a substitute to Nautilus and since I'm using Gnome3 instead of Cinnamon, for me this schema didn't even exist. After issuing the following command, the 'Open in Terminal' action opens gnome-shell, in the correct directory.

$ gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec gnome-shell 
  • I don't understand how executing gnome-shell with bring up a preferring terminal emulator. I tested what would happen if the command gnome-shell was executed. It doesn't bring up a terminal. On the particular computer running the test it returned this error message: org.gnome.Shell already exists on bus and --replace not specified. It appears that you misunderstood the question. I run Ubuntu, 16.04 at the time... currently 18.04 functions properly with the same schema. By the way, default setting is x-terminal-emulator, which brings up gnome-terminal. – L. D. James Jan 21 at 23:53
  • With above, replace gnome-shell with whatever terminal application you want to use and it should work. Works on Arch... – Dorian Jul 2 at 22:15

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