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xfce4-session - Session Manager


Xfce4-session is a session manager for Xfce. Its task is to save the state of your desktop (opened applications and their location) and restore it during a next startup. You can create several different sessions and choose one of them on startup.


  • Preferences – Configure the behaviour of the session manager
  • Logout Dialog – The logout dialog and more information about power management handling
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Tips and tricks related to xfce4-session
  • Advanced – Advanced information about environment variables and kiosk mode
  • Known Issues – Read this if xfce4-session causes trouble

Latest Release

  • xfce4-session 4.17.0 released (2022/09/14 18:53)
    xfce4-session 4.17.0 is now available for download from
    What is xfce4-session?
    The Xfce session manager controls the loading of applications when Xfce
    is started. It also handles logging out, shutting down, and rebooting.
    Release notes for 4.17.0
    Please note that this is a development release.
    - settings: Revert type hint change
    - Check getgrgid(3) return value to avoid crash
    - build: Fix intltool lock file problem during make distcheck
    - Remove pre-defined lockers
    - Refresh list of screensavers (#17)
    - Do not mind output of screensaver, if successful
    - Run custom command in a separate shell
    - Avoid extra pause by redirecting stdin
    - Update COPYING
    - Increase switch user timeout (!25)
    - xflock4: Apply initial delay before running a screensaver/locker
    - xflock4: Update copyrights
    - xflock4: make the script executable
    - Add labels to inline toolbar buttons
    - Use correct icon for Close button
    - Translation Updates:
      Albanian, Arabic, Armenian (Armenia), Asturian, Azerbaijani, Basque,
      Belarusian, Belarusian (Tarask), Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese
      (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech,
      Danish, Dutch, Eastern Armenian, English (Australia), English
      (Canada), English (United Kingdom), Estonian, Finnish, French,
      Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic,
      Indonesian, Interlingue, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean,
      Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan
      (post 1500), Persian (Iran), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil),
      Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish,
      Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uyghur, Vietnamese

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