When I open nautilus and right-click in a folder, there is an option "Open Terminal Here". Before updating to Debian 9, I had a Keyboard Shortcut set in the file ~/.config/nautilus/accels, where I uncommented the line

(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ExtensionsMenuGroup/TerminalNautilus:OpenFolderLocal" "F12")

After updating, it doesn't work. The menu item is still there on right-click in nautilus but the accel doesn't work anymore. Does anyone have a solution to this?

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I'm an Ubuntu 18.04 user (with GNOME 3.28.3) and this have worked wonderfully for me. Hope it does for you too :)

Since version 3.15.4 Nautilus doesn't load the accel file anymore (Source).

Fortunatelly there's a better aproach in order to get what you want. Long explanation/useful resources can be found here and also here. In short:

  1. Create a script called Terminal (yes, without a extension) inside the folder ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts with the following content:

    # !/bin/sh
  2. Make it executable, then close any Nautilus instance:

    chmod +x Terminal
    nautilus -q
  3. Create (or edit) the ~/.config/nautilus/scripts-accels file adding these lines:

    F4 Terminal
    ; Commented lines must have a space after the semicolon
    ; Examples of other key combinations:
    ; <Control>F12 Terminal
    ; <Alt>F12 Terminal
    ; <Shift>F12 Terminal
  4. Test it! Open Nautilus, right click, and choose Scripts > Terminal. Or, use the keyboard shortcut that you've just configured :)

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    +1:Thank you, works for Ubuntu 18.10 GNOME Shell 3.30.1 too.
    – wasmup
    Commented Mar 3, 2019 at 14:22
  • Works on Ubuntu 20.20. I could not use <Alt>O as I wanted, but F12 worked nicely. Commented Aug 25, 2020 at 1:03

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