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


Verve in normal state


Verve blinking after grabbing the focus




Version 1.1.0 config dialog


Stable version

Subversion / Git


  • GTK 2
  • GLib
  • Xfce packages:
    • libexo
    • libxfce4ui
    • libxfce4util
    • xfce4-panel
  • libpcre

Optional packages:

  • dbus (for the verve-focus command)
  • version 1.1.0+: wordexp (for tilde and variable expansion in directory paths)

Reporting Bugs

Bugs should be reported to the Xfce bug tracking system (product Xfce Panel Plugins, component verve).