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Xfce Panel Profiles


Xfce Panel Profiles (xfce4-panel-profiles, formerly known as xfpanel-switch) is a simple application to manage Xfce panel layouts.

With the modular Xfce Panel, a multitude of panel layouts can be created. This tool makes it possible to backup, restore, import, and export these panel layouts.


Panel profiles main window shows a two columns table: on the left there is the configuration's name, at the right the last modification time. The first entry is always the current configuration, all other entries are custom user profiles or provided by the operating system by default.

Panel Profiles window

To perform any actions, you need to first select the configuration that you want to consider. Then you can select a button on the bottom bar. The available tasks, from the left to right are:

Apply a configuration
You can apply the selected configuration, if you click Apply button. It will be instantly applied to the panel.
The old current configuration will be lost if you apply a different configuration. Make a backup before doing this!

Save a configuration
You can make a backup of the selected configuration, if you click Save button. It will open a dialog, you can insert a name for the copied configuration.

Custom saved configurations are stored usually in ~/.local/share/xfce4-panel-profiles.

Remove a configuration
You can remove the selected configuration, if is possible, if you click Remove button.

Removed configurations cannot be restored!

Export a configuration
You can export the selected configuration if you click Export button. It will open a file chooser dialog to allow you to insert the file name and position.
Import a configuration
You can import a previously exported configuration if you click Import button. It will open a file chooser dialog to allow you to select the configuration you want to import.

Command line usage

Panel profiles provides two command line options that allow you to load and activate a panel profile or save the current configuration.

xfce4-panel-profiles <load|save> <file>

If you launch xfce4-panel-profiles without any available options, it launches the graphical user interface.


Save current configuration to current-config.tar.bz2:

xfce4-panel-profiles save current-config.tar.bz2

Load and apply previously saved configuration:

xfce4-panel-profiles load current-config.tar.bz2
Panel profiles saves the current configuration in the current working directory, so it may overwrite an existent file!

Latest Release

1.0.10 (2020/01/15)

Source code repository

Reporting Bugs

If you are experiencing a bug in xfce4-panel-profiles, your way of helping things getting fixed is to report a bug about it in Xfce GitLab. Please note that to do this you will need to have / create an account.

Before reporting a new bug, please try your best to check if it has already been reported (see the latest reports below). Click here for a full list of bug reports.

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If your bug has not been reported before, please submit a new bug report.

When writing your bug report, try to be as descriptive as possible, but avoid verbosity; Mozilla has a nice guide on how to write a bug report.

For more information, see Bug Reporting and Fixing.

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