Smart and intuitive application finder, complete with theme and customization support for the XFCE desktop.
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Smart and intuitive application finder, complete with theme and customization support.


Key Features

  • Blazingly fast realtime application finding
  • Inline application argument launching using tab
    • Begin by typing an application name, hit TAB_KEY to lock it in, begin typing arguments to that application (ie. "mail" TAB_KEY "" ENTER_KEY).
  • Customizable UI and theme using CSS
  • Intuitive Web/Desktop Integration
    • Just type what you're looking for, the application will determine whether or not an application should be launched or if the context requires an online web search.
  • Direct command invocation
    • Utilize terminal commands directly by typing the executable name (ie. "gedit" ENTER_KEY).
  • Supports tab autocomplete for local application and filenames
  • Supports CONTROL_KEY + ENTER_KEY for domain name completion (ie. google =>, =>, =>

Customizable Settings

Application settings can be controlled using xfconf-query.

Available settings:

  • /file-extension - defaults to ".desktop", controls the filenames to use for parsing.
  • /web-search - defaults to "", controls the url format to use when applying a web search, %s is replaced by the query to be used.
  • /theme = defaults to "default", controls the CSS file to use for the application (Default location is: ~/.config/xfce4/finder/default.css).
  • /application-directories - defaults to /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications, specifies the directories in which to look for application files with matching /file-extension.

List all available settings:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -l

List a setting:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -p /web-search

Change a setting:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -p /web-search -s

Set array values:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -p /application-directories -s /usr/share/applications -s /usr/local/share/applications

The above sets the application-directories array property which is used by xfce4-finder to location application files to /usr/share/applications and /usr/local/share/applications. You may need to update this setting if your applications directory is not included by default.


This application is available under the Arch Linux AUR repository as a PKGBUILD. To install using yaourt, use the following command:

yaourt xfce4-finder


To build the application you will need to have the following dependencies installed.

On Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S glib2 gtkmm garcon xfconf libxfce4util libxfce4ui automake autoconf xfce4-dev-tools

Building the application:

cd xfce4-finder/
make install


Open xfce4-keyboard-settings and bind a key combination to use for the xfce4-finder such as META_KEY + SPACE_KEY or ALT_KEY + SPACE_KEY and invoke /usr/bin/xfce4-finder.

Once the application is displayed, begin typing. Execute commands with either the ENTER_KEY or by mouse clicking a selection in the autocomplete list.

Command Arguments

xfce4-finder 1.0

  xfce4-finder [OPTION...]

Help Options:
  -h, --help	        Show help options
  -v, --verbose         Show verbose text


Feel free add feature requests or report issues: Features/Issues.


  • The application won't run resulting the error: Error: Could not open directory /home/USER/.local/share/applications

    • Update the application-directories setting using the Set array values example listed under Customizable Settings.


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xfce4-finder is released under the MIT License.