How to set the default Terminal app in Nemo

Nemo is the default file manager app used in Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Nemo is a fork of the Files app from GNOME, also widely known as "Nautilus". It is an excellent app which fits the requirements of a newbie as well as an advanced user. It is feature-rich, extensible and stable. By default, it refers to the Gnome Terminal app for the "Open in terminal" command. Let's see how to re-assign the command.


The Gnome Terminal app is used in Linux Mint Cinnamon (and I can't wait for the day when they fork it as they did with X-Apps). However, my environment is highly customized. Currently, I am using Cinnamon in Arch Linux and I just don't have Gnome Terminal installed.

My favorite terminal apps are (u)xterm, because it is blazingly fast, and XFCE4 Terminal, because it has a handy toolbar which I use a lot. It may sound trivial but it improves my daily tasks and saves my time.

Suppose I want to use XFCE4 Terminal with the mentioned command in Nemo.

  1. Install the "cinnamon-settings" app if you do not have it installed. Most mainstream Linux distros provide it as a dependency package for Cinnamon, so there is a big chance that you already have it installed.
  2. Press Alt + F2 and type cinnamon-settings in the Run box. cinnamon-settings-run-box
  3. In the Settings window, go to Preferences -> Preferred apps. It looks as follows: preffered-apps preffered-apps-select-terminal
  4. Pick the desired terminal app there and you are done. new-terminal-in-action

Once you select the new app, it will be used as your default terminal app in Nemo. That's it.

4 thoughts on “How to set the default Terminal app in Nemo

  1. Ed

    What’s the theme in your screenshots for the controls and window borders? It looks really good.

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      1. Ed

        OK, thanks!

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  2. Dreaded_Mama

    Thank you. I’m new to linux (loving it btw, windows just pissed me off too much lol) and was trying to figure out how to set the default terminal so I can customize the terminal background and such. This is the answer I was looking for. Thanks a bunches! Mwah!

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