How to Add Images as Wallpapers Directly in Nautilus (file manager) in Ubuntu?

Yes I know, Gnome desktop or its applications in general are painfully simpler for most of us :) (I'm serious!) . But at least, I don't know about other applications, but the default file management utility in Gnome, the Nautilus does let you expand its features via plugins (scripts actually) with ease.

Anyhow, if you're a bit new to Ubuntu, then I'm pretty sure by now that you've figure out that unlike with many other desktops, once inside Nautilus file manager, you just can't right click on an image and "set it as a wallpaper". What!, yep :).

First we gotta open it and then via the default image handler and then by clicking on its window we'll be able to do it. But it's a bit of a work and not the most easiest nor the enjoyable thing to do either. 

Luckily, there's a Nautilus extension/script that once installed, lets you easily set any image extension as a wallpaper, it's called "nautilus-wallpaper" (obviously :D).

Just right-click on any image and from the menu, you'll see a new one called "Set as Wallpaper"...
You can install this "nautilus-wallpaper" script in Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04 (perhaps it'll also work in latter versions...) by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install nautilus-wallpaper
But for the changes to apply properly, you either have to re-login into the desktop or simply restart Nautilus by using the below command.
nautilus -q

That's it.


Anonymous said...

Better english (always happy to help):
In paragraph #1 below your ad block

...expand her features via scripts

would read better as

...expand its features via scripts

REASON: In English, most mechanical and computer-related things are of the neuter gender, which insists on the pronoun "it" and its variations.

Just something to keep in mind.


Gayan said...


Thanks mate! my english is a bit crappy.

I just wanted to give Nautilus a bit of a personal "touch" (if you know what I mean). But thank you, friend :).

Btw I updated the post!.

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