Guake README file
Guake is a dropdown terminal made for the GNOME desktop environment. Guake's style of window is based on an FPS game, and one of its goals is to be easy to reach.
Guake is mostly written in Python and has a little piece in C (https://github.com/engla/keybinder). The source code is placed in the
guake directory. Files and images are in the
data directory. Translation files are in the
- Simple Easy and Elegant
- Smooth integration of terminal into GUI
- Appears when you call and disappears once you are done by pressing a predefined hotkey (F12 by default)
- Compiz transparency support
- Multi tab
- Plenty of color palettes
- Quick Open in your favorite text editor with a click on a file name (with line number support)
- Customizable hotkeys for tab access, reorganization, background transparency, font size,...
- Extremely configurable
- Configure Guake startup by running a bash script when Guake starts
- Multi-monitor support (open on a specified monitor, open on mouse monitor)
- Save terminal content to file
- Open URL to your browser
Source Code available at: https://github.com/Guake/guake/
Official Homepage: http://guake-project.org
Important note: Do NOT use the domain guake.org, it has been registered by someone outside the team. We cannot be held responsible for the content on that web site.
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.
- pygtk2.10 (gtk.StatusIcon)
- notify-osd (ubuntu)
- python-appindicator (ubuntu)
To build guake, you will need the following packages too:
- gconf2-dev (to use some autoconf stuff)
For Python 3, you need this package too:
To edit the glade file, you can use the glade editor. Ensure to use the gtk-2 version:
To have beautiful color logs when you debug Guake, install colorlog, so you'll have great logs in the terminal that launched Guake!
- pip install colorlog
Execute the following command to install guake with all default options:
$ ./dev.sh --install
It will install all dependencies, compiles and install all files to
Use the following command to start guake without installing it (you need to have installed it at least once):$ ./dev.sh
An external, unofficial PPA for latest version of Ubuntu seems to integrate Guake regularly. Check it at the following URL:
Under Debian/Ubuntu, make sure you have source code repositories enabled, then the following command should install all the build dependencies:
sudo apt-get build-dep guake
For compiling from these sources, please install the following packages (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 sudo apt-get install python-gtk2 python-gtk2-dev python-vte glade python-glade2 sudo apt-get install libgconf2-dev python-appindicator sudo apt-get install python-vte python-gconf python-keybinder sudo apt-get install notify-osd sudo apt-get install libutempter0 sudo apt-get install python-notify # uncomment for Python 3 # sudo apt-get install python3-dev # uncomment for glade Gtk-2 editor # sudo apt-get install glade-gtk2
For Fedora 19 and above, Guake is available in the official repositories and can be installed by running:
sudo yum install guake # for Fedora 19 - 21 sudo dnf install guake # for Fedora 23 and above
For compiling from these sources, please install the following packages (Fedora 19):
Guake can be found in the official repositories and installed by running:
sudo pacman -S guake
For compiling from these sources, please install the following packages (for Python 2):
gnome-common python2-gconf python2-xdg
To run Guake with Python 2, use the trick described in Arch Wiki and put this as your
/path/to/guake into a real path where you cloned the repository):
#!/bin/bash script=$(readlink -f -- "$1") case "$script" in (/path/to/guake*) exec python2 "$@" ;; esac exec python3 "$@"
Make it executable with
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/python.
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 https://github.com/Guake/guake.git $ cd guake $ ./autogen.sh && ./configure && make
For Ubuntu user, we have a script that does all these steps for you. Use:
Testing as an unprivileged user
To run Guake as an unprivileged user for testing purposes, after make continue with:
$ gconftool-2 --install-schema-file=data/guake.schemas $ PYTHONPATH=src python src/guake/main.py
Note: Ubuntu users, you can use the following command:
To install Guake to all users, after make continue with:
$ 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
$ ./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
First update all translation files:
$ cd po $ make update-po
Then use your favorite po editor, such as
Once finished, compile your result with:
$ cd po $ make
Please install this git hook if you want to beautify your patch before submission:
$ cd guake $ ln -s git-hooks/post-commit .git/hooks/
Validate your code
We are strict on code styling, with pep8 and pylint running automatically in travis in order to reject badly shaped patches. Please use the following command to validate all python files:
Add your change in the
NEWS file. The
ChangeLog files is not more used.
To start development on a new version:
AC_INIT([guake], [0.x.y], [http://guake-project.org/])
add a new section in the
When read, create a new release on the github site.
Travis automatically check pull requests are compiling and check for code style.
Status of the master branch: https://travis-ci.org/Guake/guake.png?branch=master