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Desktop Folder

Bring your desktop back to life.

Get it on AppCenter

Build Status License: GPL v3

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Organize your desktop with panels that hold your things.

  • Access files, folders and apps from your desktop
  • Drop files, folders, links and .desktop launchers inside panels
  • Resize, position and color panels
  • Display photos and keep notes on your desktop
  • Reveal the desktop with ⌘-D

Example1 Example2 Example3 Example4 Example5 Example6

How to Install

If you use elementary OS, you can get it directly from the AppCenter.

Get it on AppCenter

Our main target is elementary, but Desktop Folder should also work on Ubuntu and GNOME 3. You should use the latest .deb release. To install the .deb with apt:

sudo apt install ./com.github.spheras.desktopfolder_[version]_amd64.deb

Open it like any other app after installing. Desktop Folder will launch automatically when you next log in.

Current Status on Wayland Support

Wayland (in Ubuntu since 17.10) is not fully supported yet, and we've experienced problems with adding support for it. We are working hard to fix this. You're welcome to try Desktop Folder and help us find or fix issues.


See the Contributing page on the wiki.

Building and Installing

Important!! This version only works correctly with GTK library >=3.22

You'll need the following dependencies to build:

  • libgee-0.8-dev
  • libcairo2-dev
  • libjson-glib-dev
  • libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev
  • libwnck-3-dev
  • libgtksourceview-3.0-dev
  • libjson-glib-dev
  • meson
  • valac
  • intltool

sudo apt install meson valac libgee-0.8-dev libcairo2-dev libjson-glib-dev libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev libwnck-3-dev libgtksourceview-3.0-dev libjson-glib-dev intltool

Run meson build to configure the build environment and then change to the build directory and run ninja to build:

meson build
cd build
meson configure -D prefix=/usr

To install, use ninja install, then execute with com.github.spheras.desktopfolder:

sudo ninja install