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Xfce is a free software desktop environment which aims to be fast and lightweight, yet at the same time being attractive and easy to use. Its configuration is entirely mouse-driven and the configuration files are hidden from the desktop user. It is based on the GTK+ 2.x toolkit (like GNOME).

Xfce is mainly used for its ability to run a modern desktop environment on relatively modest hardware.

The Xfce project contains several separated projects for each part of the desktop. The core components include a window manager, session manager, panel, printing helper, desktop manager, and a settings manager.

Included in the Xfce project are also various desktop applications such as a text editor (called Mousepad), a terminal emulator, a modern file manager (called Thunar), a frontend CD/DVD burning application (Xfburn), a simple calendar application, a media player based on the xine engine, an image viewer (called Ristretto), an archive manager (Xarchiver), and more.

 Xfce 4.10.0

Free to download



Olivier Fourdan (Project Leader), and many other core developers


System Requirements

Support Sites:
Xfce DiaryXfce Goodies Project, Xfce Developers' Blog

Selected Reviews:
Ryan Orser's Blog,, Linux Planet,,,

Features include:

  • Lightweight desktop environment
  • Basic and lightweight applications
  • Goodies for maximum features
    • Xfwm integrates its own compositing manager
    • Orage - calendar that integrates well into the Xfce desktop
    • Thunar - a file manager designed for speed and a low memory footprint, which resembles Nautilus. It has advanced features such as a bulk file renaming capability
    • Text editor
    • Settings manager to customize your desktop environment
    • Session manager - save the current session, autostart applications, shutdown, reboot, suspend or hibernate your computer
  • Real multiscreen and Xinerama
  • Kiosk mode to restrict the configuration
  • Configuration is entirely mouse-driven
  • Translated in more than 40 languages
  • Freedesktop specifications compliance
    • Extended Window Manager hints
    • Desktop Menus
    • Icon themes
    • XDG Base directory
    • XSETTINGS protocol
    • Drag-and-Drop protocol
Xfce in action

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