How to resize, convert images from right-click menu in Ubuntu

Let's integrate most common image editing tools in Nautilus File Manager so that you can right-click on a image and resize the pictures.

Does your nature of job deal with graphics and photos most of the times? I personally have to do lot of graphics work for this website as well as editing those family trip photos. One of most common image editing tasks is resizing those tremendously huge pictures straight out of camera. I recommend using “Nautilus Image Tools” which gets integrated in the right-click context menu on the image file, making it handy to resize, enhance, watermark, convert, and apply special effects too! It can’t get quicker than this!

Adding Nautilus Image Tools to Right Click Context Menu on a Image

Nautilus is the file manager of Ubuntu, meaning it is similar to “File Explorer” in Windows. Nautilus Image Tools is a free and open source software (FOSS). The below guide is tested on Ubuntu 17.10, but should work in much older versions too. Here is how you install it.

Step 1) Launch Terminal by pressing Ctrl, Alt, and T keys simultaneously.

Step 2) Enter the following command to add the PPA source.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/nautilus-extensions

Step 3) Update your computer:

sudo apt update

Step 4) Install Nautilus Image Tools:

sudo apt nautilus-image-tools

Step 5) Finally, restart Nautilus using the following command:

nautilus -q

You are done with installation. Launch “File Manager” and try right-clicking on a image file. You should a new item “Image Tools”. Upon expanding it you will see several image editing options in it including Black and White, Blur, Border, Contour, Convert, Enhance, Flip, Greyscale, Negative, Resize, Rotate, Shadow, Vintage, and Watermark.

Right-Click Image Editing Options in Nautilus
Right-Click Image Editing Options in Nautilus

Resize Images: Make sure “Keep Aspect Ratio” is checked to avoid stretching of image when you change its dimensions.

Resize Image Tool in Nautilus Image Tools
Resize Image Tool in Nautilus Image Tools

Convert between Image Formats:

Convert Tool in Nautilus Image Tools
Convert Tool in Nautilus Image Tools

Watermarking Images:

Watermark Tool in Nautilus Image Tools
Watermark Tool in Nautilus Image Tools

Did you find it useful? For me, it’s overwhelming number of options in that little right-click menu!

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

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