Add Open As Administrator to Nautilus Context Menu in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Looking for an easy way to open files and folders as an administrator or root in Ubuntu 11.10? If so, then let me introduce you to this nifty tool that lets you do exactly that. New users sometimes find it difficult to open files as root in Ubuntu from nautilus file browser. And if you need help with that, this brief tutorial will show you how to enable this cool tool in Ubuntu and begin opening files and folders as root.




  • Enable open as administrator in nautilus
  • Enjoy!


To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-gksu



After installing that application run copy and paste the line below and press enter.

sudo cp /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-2.0/ /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/



Finally, log out and back in then go and test it.





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