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Xfce Docs

The manuals on this website are written for the latest stable release of the module. At this moment this means the manuals apply to Xfce 4.8 and 4.10.
The documentation on this website is still a “work in progress”.

Getting Started

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.

Building Xfce
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.

Core Modules

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.

Helper Applications
Manage preferred applications and edit .desktop files.

File Manager (thunar)
The fast and easy to use file manager for the Xfce Desktop.

Panel (xfce4-panel)
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.

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/.

Get Involved

Writing documentation – Become a documentation writer or help translating the manuals.
Bug Reporting – Find issues in the applications and help resolving them.