Starting with Xfce
This document gives an overview of the Xfce Desktop Environment and explains how to perform several common tasks. It is meant to be a starting point for anyone who wants to use Xfce and it includes pointers to other sources of information.
It is always recommended to use the packages provided by your distribution, however if you have special needs or you want a detailed description on compiling Xfce yourself, you can find it in this article.
The sitemap of this wiki gives a good overview of the pages available.
Frequently Asked Question
Tips and tricks that apply to all Xfce (and GTK+) applications.
How to contribute
Detailed information for new contributors can be found in this section. A more general introduction can be found at the Get Involved page on the main website. This section is also the starting point for developers on how to use Git and where to find API documentation.
Application Finder (xfce4-appfinder)
Application to quickly run applications and commands.
Desktop Manager (xfdesktop)
Sets the background color or image with optional application menu or icons for minimized applications or launchers, devices and folders.
Manage preferred applications and edit .desktop files.
File Manager (thunar)
The fast and easy to use file manager for the Xfce Desktop.
Program launchers, window buttons, applications menu, workspace switcher and more.
Power Manager (xfce4-power-manager)
Manages the power sources on the computer and the devices that can be controlled to reduce their power consumption.
Session Manager (xfce4-session)
Save the state of your desktop and restore it on the next startup.
Settings Manager (xfce4-settings)
The settings daemon and the settings dialogs. This includes the accessibility, appearance, display, keyboard and mouse settings.
Window Manager (xfwm4)
Handles the placement of windows on the screen.
Configuration Storage System (xfconf)
D-Bus-based configuration storage system.
Terminal Emulator (xfce4-terminal)
Terminal emulator for the Xfce desktop.
Image Viewer (ristretto)
Image viewer for the Xfce desktop.
Screenshot application (xfce4-screenshooter)
Take screenshots of your Xfce desktop.
Media player (parole)
Media player for the Xfce desktop.
Notification service (xfce4-notifyd)
Notification service for the Xfce desktop.
PulseAudio Plugin (xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin)
Adjust audio volume and control media players on the Xfce desktop.