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Guake README file


Guake is a dropdown terminal made for the GNOME desktop environment. Its style of window is based on an fps games, and one of its goals is be easy to reach.

Guake is written mostly in python and has a little piece in C (global hotkeys stuff). The code is placed in the src directory. Files and images are in the data directory. Translation stuff is in the po directory.

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This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.


  • Python2.7+
  • pygtk2.10 (gtk.StatusIcon)
  • python-vte
  • python-notify
  • python-dbus
  • python-gconf
  • python-xdg
  • python-appindicator (ubuntu)

To build guake, you will need the following packages too:

  • python-dev
  • gtk+-2.0-dev
  • pygtk-dev
  • gconf2-dev (to use some autoconf stuff)

For Python 3, you need this package too:

  • python3-dev


Under Debian/Ubuntu, the following command should install all the build dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep guake

For manual dependency listing (Ubuntu 13.10):

sudo apt-get install build-essential python autoconf
sudo apt-get install gnome-common gtk-doc-tools libglib2.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev libgconf2-dev
sudo apt-get install python-gtk2 python-gtk2-dev python-vte glade python-glade2 python-appindicator
# uncomment for Python 3
# sudo apt-get install python3-dev




Guake can be found in the official repositories and installed by running:

sudo pacman -S guake


We are using an autotools based installation, so if you got the source of guake from a release tarball, please do the following:

$ git clone
$ cd guake
$ ./ && ./configure && make
$ sudo make install

If you receive a message asking you if you have installed guake.schemas properly when launching guake, it means that your default sysconfdir is different from the one chosen by autotools. To fix that, you probably have to append the param `--sysconfdir=/etc' to your `./configure' call, like this:

$ ./configure --sysconfdir=/etc && make

If it is not enought you can install the gconf schemas file by hand by doing the following:

# GCONF_CONFIG_SOURCE="" gconftool-2 --makefile-install-rule data/guake.schemas

For more install details, please read the INSTALL file.

Git hook

Please install this git hook if you want to beautify your patch before submission:

$ cd guake
$ ln -s git-hooks/post-commit .git/hooks/
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