Howto: use audio-convert in Thunar

February 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Posted in programs, scripts, tips and tricks, xubuntu | 7 Comments
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One of the best scripts for GNOME’s file manager Nautilus is audio-convert. audio-convert is a program that lets you convert mp3s to oggs, wavs, and vice versa. For me, it’s one of the main reasons I use Nautilus. Now, though, I can also use it with Thunar too. Here’s how:

1) If you haven’t already, install audio-convert. To do so, open up a terminal (Xfce Menu > Accessories > Terminal) and run the following:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-script-audio-convert

2) Next, open up the Thunar file manager and go to Edit > Configure custom actions…. Click the Add (plus) sign and put in the following:

a) Under the Basic tab:

Name: audio-convert
Command: /usr/share/nautilus-scripts/ConvertAudioFile %f

b) Under the Appearance Conditions tab:

Put a checkmark next to Audio files. Click Ok and exit out of the actions manager.

Now you can right click any audio file and go to audio-convert. audio-convert will do the work from there. Enjoy!


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  1. Custom actions are definitely one of Thunar’s most useful features 🙂

  2. Excellent, very handy.

    But how do I get it to support FLAC? And on another topic, why is it so damn hard to play SHN files??


  3. @wolfric: to support FLAC, run sudo apt-get install flac. Easy, huh? 😉

  4. Also: have you tried this for SHN?

  5. I had tried that shn page before and failed. But it worked this time, and I can play shn in mplayer 🙂

    I had the flac package already installed. Removing and then installing again has fixed it.


  6. Is it this script: ?

  7. […] un script para NAUTILUS por lo que para poder utilizarlo he seguido las instrucciones ofrecidas por Xubuntu Blog. Para evitaros esfuerzos innecesarios he optado por traducir, interpretar e ilustrar lo que allí […]

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