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Before starting contribution, usually it makes sense to get in contact with some xfce-developers:

  • via IRC: Join #xfce and #xfce4-dev on Freenode
  • via some Xfce mailing list - first check if the list is still active !

It as well helps to check the current roadmap in the Xfce development Wiki in order to get an overview of the currently ongoing development.


There are different ways in which you can contribute to xfce:

  • Translation - Translate Xfce applications into different languages.
  • Documentation - add or translate application manuals on this website.
  • Bugs - report or fix Xfce bugs, provide new features
  • Bountysource - Put some money on bugs you want to have fixed
    • team_team_id_849_style_raised_.jpg - as well possible to put a general donation

Once you did some contributions, you may want to grab extra permissions to e.g. release your modifications:

API documentation

Library references can be found in the releases: garcon, exo, libxfce4ui, libxfce4util, thunar, xfconf. They are often also installed by distributions in /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/.

Additionally, Xfce uses the GTK+/Glib family of libraries which can be found at the following:

Tutorials for getting started with GTK+ are available at:

If you're looking at writing a panel plugin, you may want to look at the xfce4-sample-plugin for an easy start.