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  • Current version: 1.2.0, released on August 18th 2012
  • Compatibility: Nautilus (versions 2.22 and up), Caja
  • Released under the GNU LGPL
  • Translations available: English, Spanish, Catalan
  • New releases announced on my site

IMAGES PLACEHOLDER Example pop-up menu Example montage of usage

nautilus-follow-symlink is a nautilus extension that adds a menu entry on symbolic links to directories which open the pointed directory (the real path).

It does so both when right clicking on a the folder icon or on the contents of an opened symbolic link.

Starting with version 1.2.0, there's also a variant for nautilus' fork caja (released as caja-follow-symlink).


Additionally the sources include means to produce easily deb, and rpm packages for other OS/architecture combinations.


Generic build instructions

Compile in the standard GNU fashion:

$ tar zxvf nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.0.tar.gz
$ cd nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.0
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr # Note the prefix should be the same as nautilus for the translations to work
                            # (or e.g. $ ./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable prefix libnautilus-extension`)
$ make
# make install

Build DEB package

$ tar zxvf nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.0.tar.gz
$ cd nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.0
$ dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc -b 
  (or debuild -us -uc -b)

Build RPM package

$ rpmbuild -tb nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.0.tar.gz

Versions of GNOME 2.20 and below should use 1.0.2, which is the last release supporting them.
Look in files/ for the appropriate files. Building older versions is a bit harder, refer to the BUILD file included in the tarball.

None so far for the current version.
See also the bug tracker

If you have a contribution (new ideas, fixes, translations…) to make, please contact me.

1.2.0 (August, 18th 2012)

  • Support for GNOME 3
  • Support to compile against Caja instead of Nautilus
  • Bugfix: Correctly escape paths

1.2.0-pre.1 (April, 4th 2011)

  • Preliminary support for GNOME 3

1.1 (April, 30th 2009)

  • Use stock icon instead of hard-wired icon location
  • Provide a configure script by default
  • Various other packaging cleanups/fixes

1.0.99-pre.1 (May, 4th 2008)

  • Support for GNOME 2.2 and above

1.0.2 (May, 12th 2007)

  • Fixed icon location for newer systems

1.0.1 (December, 12th 2006)

  • Bugfix: Show correctly file names with underscores
  • Bugfix: Fix compilation on 64bits arches

1.0 (November, 10th 2006)

  • First public release

© 2006-2012 Toni Corvera <outlyer at>

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