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Nautilus-Actions 3.1 README


Nautilus-actions is an extension for Nautilus file manager which allows the user to add arbitrary program to be launched through the Nautilus file manager popup menu of selected files.

Nautilus-Actions components.

Nautilus-Actions has three sort of components:

  • A user interface, nautilus-actions-config-tool (NACT), which let you manage your actions. With NACT, you are able to create, modify and delete actions, to define menus and submenus, to order and reorder items.
    Import/export functions are also managed via NACT.
  • Nautilus extensions as dynamically loadable plugins. These extensions are automatically loaded by Nautilus when it starts.
    For now, two extensions are provided:
    • is the plugin which takes care of displaying actions in Nautilus context menus;
    • is a plugin which tracks the current Nautilus selection, and sends it in response to a DBus request.
  • Command-line utilities:
    • installed in PREFIX/bin:
      • nautilus-actions-new lets you create new actions from the command-line;
      • nautilus-actions-run lets you execute a predefined action, taking into account the current Nautilus selection via a DBus call to the libnautilus-actions-tracker plugin;
    • installed in PKGLIBEXECDIR:
      • na-print-schemas prints the full GConf schemas on stdout;
      • na-delete-xmltree deletes a tree from a XML file;
      • migrates menus, actions and user preferences from GConf to files.

Nautilus-Actions plugins.

I/O Providers.

Nautilus-Actions itself uses plugins to load menus and actions from the storage space. These plugins are installed in PKGLIBDIR, usually something as /usr/lib/nautilus-actions/.

Starting with 3.0.2, the preferred default I/O provider is 'na-desktop', which means that newly created actions and menus will be stored on disk as .desktop files, in accordance with DES-EMA specification.


Nautilus-Actions also relies on plugins to import actions and menus, and to export them, in several formats.
For now, Nautilus-Actions is able to import/export its items as:

  • GConf schemas,
  • GConf dump,
  • XML,
  • .desktop files.

Nautilus-Actions documentation.

Documentation is provided in several formats:

  • developer documentation is provided as xml and html files, as generated by gtk-doc;
  • NACT user's manuals and general documentation is provided as xml, pdf and html files, as generated by gnome-doc-utils, docbook-utils or dblatex tools.