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Thunar Custom Actions

If you like the Thunar file manager (default in Xubuntu), you will probably love custom actions. These are user-defined commands that act upon selected files in Thunar. Either on their own, or combined with a simple dialog app such as Zenity, these can be very powerful and useful.

Thunar > Edit > Configure custom actions will take you to the dialog for creating and organising your custom actions. However, because this is GUI-oriented, the easiest way to install someone else's custom action is through a bash command. This is a list of a number of custom actions contributed by the Ubuntu community.

ffmpeg -i %f 2>&1 | grep -e Stream -e Duration -e Input | zenity --width=800 --height=240 --text-info --title %n

Delete/Bypass Recycle Bin

Command:

rm -r

Description: Removes the selected file(s) from the disk, bypassing any local Recycle bin. Useful when in samba shares. Requires confirmation for reasons of safety.
Requires: zenity

CONTENT='<action><icon>stock_delete</icon><name>Remove...</name><command>zenity --question --title=&quot;Remove...&quot; --window-icon=&quot;/usr/share/icons/Tango/16x16/actions/edit-delete.png&quot; --text=&quot;Do you wish to permanently\nremove the selected file(s)?&quot; ; if [ $? = 0 ] ; then rm -r %F ; fi</command><description>Permanently remove the selected file(s)</description><patterns>*</patterns><directories/><audio-files/><image-files/><other-files/><text-files/><video-files/></action>'
cat $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml >> newtmp
sed 's/<\/actions>//' <newtmp >newfile
echo $CONTENT >> newfile
mv $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml.bak
mv newfile $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml
rm newtmp

Command:

ln -s

Description: Creates an absolute symbolic link to the selected file in the same folder, which can then be moved or renamed as desired. man ln for more info.
Requires:

CONTENT='<action><icon>emblem-symbolic-link</icon><name>Create Symlink</name><command>ln -s %f %n.symlink</command><description>Creates a symbolic link to the selected object</description><patterns>*</patterns><directories/><audio-files/><image-files/><other-files/><text-files/><video-files/></action>'
cat $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml >> newtmp
sed 's/<\/actions>//' <newtmp >newfile
echo $CONTENT >> newfile
mv $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml.bak
mv newfile $HOME/.config/Thunar/uca.xml
rm newtmp

Permanently Remove

Command:

Xdialog --title "Remove..." --yesno "Do you wish to permanently remove \n %N?" 10 45 &amp;&amp; rm -r %F

Description: Permanently remove selected files. Appears if selection contains any files.
Requires: Xdialog

<action><icon></icon><name>Permanently remove...</name><command>Xdialog --title &quot;Remove...&quot; --yesno &quot;Do you wish to permanently remove n %N?&quot; 10 45 &amp;&amp; rm -r %F</command><description>Permanently remove selected files</description><patterns>*</patterns><directories/><audio-files/><image-files/><other-files/><text-files/><video-files/></action>  

Join

Command:

cat %F &gt; joined.txt

Description: Join selected text files. Appears if selection contains text files.
Requires:

<action><icon></icon><name>Join</name><command>cat %F &gt; joined.txt</command><description>Join selected text files</description><patterns>*</patterns><text-files/></action>  

View

Command:

feh %F

Description: View selected images in a slideshow. Appears if selection contains image files.
Requires: feh

<action><icon></icon><name>View</name><command>feh %F</command><description>View selected images in a slideshow</description><patterns>*</patterns><image-files/></action>  

Play 15 seconds

Command:

mplayer %f -really-quiet -endpos 15

Description: Play a 15 seconds clip of a media file. Appears if selection contains: audio files, video files
Requires: mplayer

<action><icon></icon><name>Play 15 seconds</name><command>mplayer %f -really-quiet -endpos 15</command><description>Play a 15 seconds clip of a media file</description><patterns>*</patterns><audio-files/><video-files/></action>  

Copy Current Path

Command:

echo -n %f | xclip -selection "clipboard"

Description: Copies $PATH to clipboard.
Requires:

xclip program to be installed on your system

Open Terminal Here

Command:

urxvtc -cd %f

Description: Opens terminal in current directory.
Requires: urxvt client

urxvtc -cd %f

Extract Archive Here

Command:

squeeze -x . %N

Description: Extracts archive to current directory.
Requires: squeeze

squeeze -x . %N

Extract Passworded Archive

Command:

xarchiver -e %N

Description: Extracts passworded archive to current directory.
Requires: xarchiver

xarchiver -e %N

Estimated Space Usage

Command:

du -chs --apparent-size %N | zenity --text-info

Description: Estimates disk space usage.
Requires: zenity

du -chs --apparent-size %N | zenity --text-info

Create Archive Here

Command:

squeeze -n %N

Description: Creates archive in current directory.
Requires: squeeze

squeeze -n %N

Sign Using GnuPG

Command:

terminal -e "gpg -a -u [user] -b %f"

Description: Signs a file with the user's GPG key.
Requires: gpg

terminal -e "gpg -a -u [user] -b %f"

Encrypt Using GnuPG

Command:

terminal -e "gpg -e -r [recipient] %f"

Description: Encrypts a file using GPG.
Requires: gpg

terminal -e "gpg -e -r [recipient] %f"

Decrypt GnuPG File

Command:

terminal -e "gpg -o %n.decrypted -d %f"

Description: Decrypts GnuPG file, appending ".decrypted" to the decrypted filename.
Requires: gpg

terminal -e "gpg -o %n.decrypted -d %f"

Shred and Delete File(s)

Command:

zenity --question;if [$? = 0];then shred -fuz %F;fi

Description: Shreds and deletes file.
Requires: zenity

zenity --question;if [$? = 0];then shred -fuz %F;fi

Add to iPod

Command:

gnupod_addsong.pl %F | Xdialog --title "GNUpod - Add song" --no-cancel --tailbox - 24 64

Description: Adds songs to iPod. Appears if selection contains audio or video files.
Requires: gnupod, Xdialog

<action><icon></icon><name>Add to Ipod</name><command>gnupod_addsong.pl %F | Xdialog --title &quot;GNUpod - Add song&quot; --no-cancel --tailbox - 24 64</command><description>Add songs to Ipod</description><patterns>*.mp3;*.m4a;*.mp4</patterns><audio-files/><video-files/></action> 

Open Folder As Root

Command:

pkexec thunar %f

Description: Opens current folder with root permissions.
Requires:

pkexec thunar %f

Open Text as Root

Command:

pkexec mousepad %f

Description: Opens selected text file with root permissions. Substitute the name of your editor of choice for "gedit".
Requires: text editor

pkexec mousepad %f

Search Including Hidden Files/Folders

Command:

catfish --fileman=thunar --hidden --path=%f

Description: Searches entire filesystem.
Requires: catfish

catfish --fileman=thunar --hidden --path=%f

Mount ISO

Command:

gksudo mount -o loop -t iso9660 %f /mnt'

Description: Mounts .iso files.
Requires:

gksudo mount -o loop -t iso9660 %f /mnt

Convert To AVI

Command:

xfce4-terminal -x ffmpeg -i %f -b 798k -ab 128k %f.avi

Description: Converts video file to .avi.
Requires: ffmpeg

xfce4-terminal -x ffmpeg -i %f -b 798k -ab 128k %f.avi

Add Progress Bar To Copy

Command:

(for I in $(seq 2); do echo $I; sleep 1; done; cp %F "/destination/folder") | zenity --progress --pulsate --auto-close

Description: Adds progress bar to copy/paste.
Requires: zenity

(for I in $(seq 2); do echo $I; sleep 1; done; cp %F "/destination/folder") | zenity --progress --pulsate --auto-close

Change Multiple File Permissions

Command:

Description: Allows user to change file permissions of one or multiple files with small GUI.
Requires: zenity

ans=$(zenity  --height=350 --list  --text "change files permissions" --checklist  --column "pick" --column "options" TRUE "user-read" TRUE "user-write" FALSE "user-exec" FALSE "group-read" FALSE "group-write" FALSE "group-exec" FALSE "all-read" FALSE "all-write" FALSE "all-exec" --separator=":"); if [ "$ans" != "" ]; then searchuserread="user-read"; searchuserwrite="user-write"; searchuserexec="user-exec"; user1="0" ; user2="0" ; user3="0" ; searchgroupread="group-read"; searchgroupwrite="group-write"; searchgroupexec="group-exec"; group1="0" ; group2="0" ; group3="0" ; searchallread="all-read"; searchallwrite="all-write"; searchallexec="all-exec"; all1="0" ; all2="0" ; all3="0" ; case $ans in  *"$searchuserread"*) user1="4" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchuserwrite"*) user2="2" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchuserexec"*) user3="1" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchgroupread"*) group1="4" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchgroupwrite"*) group2="2" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchgroupexec"*) group3="1" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchallread"*) all1="4" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchallwrite"*) all2="2" ;; esac ; case $ans in  *"$searchallexec"*) all3="1" ;; esac ; u=$(($user1 + $user2 + $user3)) ; g=$(($group1 + $group2 + $group3)) ; a=$(($all1 + $all2 + $all3)) ; result="$u$g$a" ; chmod $result %F || { zenity --error --text="an error occurred!\ncheck if you are allowed\nto change permissions\nof the selected files"; } ; fi

Move Files From Subfolders To Parent Folder

Command:

find . -mindepth 2 -type f -exec mv "{}" . \;

Description: Moves files from subfolders to parent (current) folder.
Requires:

find . -mindepth 2 -type f -exec mv "{}" . \;

Delete All Empty Folders

Command:

find . -type d -empty -delete

Description: Deletes all empty folders in current directory.
Requires:

find . -type d -empty -delete

Encrypt/Decrypt using BCrypt

Command:

Description: Uses bcrypt to encrypt/decrypt files.
Requires: zenity, bcrypt

zenity --info  --title="Impending Bcrypt Operation" --window-icon="/usr/share/pixmaps/keybox.png" --text="There is a bcrypt operation impending.  Watch inside the File Manager window to verify that said operation is successful." ; : ; while [ "$?" = "0" ] ; do xterm -e bcrypt %F ; sleep 2 ; zenity --question --title="Success?" --window-icon="/usr/share/pixmaps/keybox.png" --text="Was the bcrypt operation successful?" ; if [ "$?" = "0" ] ; then exit ; fi ; zenity --question --title="Try again?" --window-icon="/usr/share/pixmaps/keybox.png" --text="Would you like to try again?" ; if [ "$?" != "0" ] ; then exit ; fi ; done

Grab Metadata From Media File

Command:

ffmpeg -i %f  2>&1 | grep -e Stream -e Duration -e Input | zenity --width=800 --height=240 --text-info --title %n

Description: Grabs info from a media (audio/video) file using ffmpeg.
Requires: ffmpeg, zenity

ffmpeg -i %f  2>&1 | grep -e Stream -e Duration -e Input | zenity --width=800 --height=240 --text-info --title %n

Edit Filesystem Metadata

Command:

eiciel %f

Description: Edit file or folder extended attributes and access control lists
Requires: eiciel

<action>
        <icon>document-properties</icon>
        <name>Extended attributes</name>
        <command>eiciel %f</command>
        <description>Edit extended attributes and permissions</description>
        <patterns>*</patterns>
        <directories/>
        <audio-files/>
        <image-files/>
        <other-files/>
        <text-files/>
        <video-files/>
</action>

Open anything as Superuser

Command:

gksudo exo-open %f

Description: Launch any file or folder with superuser privileges

<action>
        <icon>category-show-all</icon>
        <name>Open as superuser</name>
        <command>gksudo exo-open %f</command>
        <description>Open file/folder with full privileges</description>
        <patterns>*</patterns>
        <startup-notify/>
        <directories/>
        <audio-files/>
        <image-files/>
        <other-files/>
        <text-files/>
        <video-files/>
</action>


Another good source of custom actions can be found in the Thunar wiki.


Originally posted The Ubuntu Forums (ubuntuforums.org)

ThunarCustomActions (last edited 2016-07-16 22:38:21 by slickymaster)