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/i386-linux-gnu/thunarx-2, /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/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

After copying the context menu file to the correct location, logout and login or restart to make the context menu display.

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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