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xfce4-verve-plugin - Verve

The Verve panel plugin is a comfortable command line plugin for the Xfce panel


. The Verve plugin supports several nice features, such as:

  • Opens URLs, e-mail addresses, directories, and programs
  • Command history
  • Auto-completion (including command history)
  • Focus grabbing via D-BUS (so you can bind a shortcut to it)
  • Custom input field width

New features in version 1.1.0:

  • Ability to use the verve plugin to run smart bookmarks instead of commands
  • Support for tilde and variable expansion in directory paths
  • Support for running “normal” commands through your default shell (to expand variables and aliases)
  • Ability to direct command beginning with ! or \ to DuckDuckGo
  • Optional label (screenshot below)


Once added to the panel, you can use the following keys to control Verve:

  • TAB to iterate through auto-completion entries
  • UP and DOWN arrows to iterate through the command history
  • CTRL+ENTER to run a command in a terminal emulator
  • ESC to clear your input

If you want to launch URLs or eMail addresses using Verve, just paste them into the input field and press ENTER.

Focus Grabbing

Verve installs a script named verve-focus which can be used to bind a keyboard shorcut for Verve to grab the focus. To do so, you first need to open the Xfce settings manager:


Once the dialog has appeared, chose Keyboard. In the next dialog, select the Shortcuts tab and add a shortcut for verve-focus.

After this, Verve should grab the focus and start blinking whenever you press this shortcut. To stop the blinking, just type something (like a command or something else) or click on it with the mouse.

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Verve in normal state


Verve blinking after grabbing the focus




Version 1.1.0 config dialog

Required Packages

Optional Packages

  • wordexp (for tilde and variable expansion in directory paths)

For detailed information on the minimum required versions, check the configure.ac.in file.

verve-focus is no longer supported in the GTK 3 version of xfce4-verve-plugin, due to changes in libraries related to dbus. (Let me know if you can contribute a patch to bring it back!)

Latest Release

2.0 (2018/04/15)

  • xfce4-verve-plugin 2.0.3 released (2023/07/15 20:28)


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