Manual Linux Context Menu Install Instructions

If the Linux Context Menu does not appear in the right-click menu on a file or folder, please first refer to our troubleshooting guide.

As a general approach, check your Distro's expected Shell Extension location to verify the bcompare-ext-*.so was successfully installed.  These are distribution dependent.  For example:

  /usr/lib/thunarx-2/
  /usr/lib/kde4/, /usr/share/kde4/services
  /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/
  /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/caja/extensions-2.0

If it is not present, you can manually copy it from /usr/lib/beyondcompare/ext/ and remove the "i386" or "amd64" section from the filename.

Replace $ARCH with "amd64" if 64bit, and with "i386" if using 32bit extensions.
Replace $EXT_LIB with the appropriate path above.

  • For Nautilus:
    bcompare-ext-nautilus.$ARCH.so =>
    $EXT_LIB/bcompare-ext-nautilus.so
  • For Thunar:
    bcompare-ext-thunarx.$ARCH.so =>
    $EXT_LIB/bcompare-ext-thunarx.so
  • For KDE 4.6.1 and newer:
    bcompare-ext-konq.$ARCH.so => $EXT_LIB/bcompare-ext-konq.so
    bcompare_ext_konq.desktop => /usr/share/kde4/services/bcompare_ext_konq.desktop
  • If running a version older than KDE 4.6.1:
    bcompare-ext-kde.$ARCH.so => $EXT_LIB/bcompare-ext-kde.so
    bcompare_ext_kde.desktop => /usr/share/kde4/services/bcompare_ext_kde.desktop
  • For Caja:
    bcompare-ext-caja.$ARCH.so =>
    $EXT_LIB/bcompare-ext-caja.so

If the above method works for you, please contact us with details and we will try to incorporate it in a future update.

If you continue to have any problems, please contact us.

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