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Emacs library for Gnome GSettings
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This Emacs package provides helpers for GSettings, the configuration system used by the Gnome desktop.

It can be used to read (and set) desktop configuration settings in Emacs, which can be useful in init.el to set Emacs settings based on the desktop configuration.

For parsing of configuration values, this package uses the gvariant.el library.


Install gsettings.el from Melpa, e.g.

M-x package-install RET gsettings RET

Or, using use-package:

(use-package gsettings)



(use-package gsettings
  (when (gsettings-available?)
    (blink-cursor-mode (if (gsettings-get "org.gnome.desktop.interface" "cursor-blink") 1 -1))))

After loading the library with (require 'gsettings) (not needed when using use-package), you can use the following functions:

  • gsettings-available? ()
  • gsettings-get (schema key)
  • gsettings-get-default (schema key default)
  • gsettings-list-schemas ()
  • gsettings-schema-exists? (schema)
  • gsettings-list-keys (schema)
  • gsettings-reset (schema key)
  • gsettings-set-from-gvariant-string (schema key value)

Most functions require the gsettings tool to be installed. You can use the gsettings-available? helper as a guard.


(This is the OSI approved 3-Clause BSD License.)

Copyright 2019 wouter bolsterlee

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

  3. Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

This software is provided by the copyright holders and contributors "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the copyright holder or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

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