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xfdesktop - Xfce Desktop Manager

Xfdesktop is a desktop manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. It handles the following tasks:

  • background image / color
  • root menu, window list
  • minimized app icons
  • file icons on the desktop (using Thunar libs)

It can bring up an applications menu and a list of all running applications when you click on the desktop with the right or middle mouse button respectively. Settings are available via the Settings Manager.


Minimum Requirements

  • intltool 0.31
  • GTK+ 3.22.0
  • libxfce4util 4.13
  • libxfce4ui 4.13
  • libwnck 3.14
  • libexo 0.11
  • xfconf 4.12.1
  • garcon 0.6.0 (optional; required for apps menu)
  • thunar 1.7.0 (optional; required for file icons)
  • tumbler 1.6 (optional; enables thumbnail previews for file icons)
  • cairo 1.12

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Debugging Support

xfdesktop currently supports three different levels of debugging support, which can be setup using the configure flag `–enable-debug` (check the output of `configure –help`):

Argument Description
`yes` This is the default for Git snapshot builds. It adds all kinds of checks to the code, and is therefore likely to run slower. Use this for development of xfdesktop and locating bugs in xfdesktop.
`minimum` This is the default for release builds. This is the recommended behaviour.
`no` Disables all sanity checks. Don't use this unless you know exactly what you do.

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Latest Release

  • xfdesktop 4.17.2 released (2022/12/01 09:46)
    xfdesktop 4.17.2 is now available for download from
    What is xfdesktop?
    Xfce's desktop manager.
    Release notes for 4.17.2
    [Please note that this is a development release.]
    Development release on the master branch. Here is the changelog:
    - Improve behavior when changing folders in settings dialog
    - Revert "settings: select first image when directory changes"
    - Improve icon area invalidation
    - Clean up desktop icon pixbuf loading a little bit
    - bump copyright year to 2022
    - Make file transfer d-bus operations async
    - Translation Updates:
      Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian (Armenia), Asturian, Azerbaijani,
      Basque, Belarusian, Belarusian (Tarask), 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, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, 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, Ukrainian, Uyghur, Uzbek

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