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Guake is a top-down terminal for GNOME (in the style of Yakuake for KDE, Tilda or the terminal used in Quake).


Install guake, available in the official repositories.

Also the development version is available and in the AUR: guake-gitAUR.


Once installed, you can start Guake from the terminal with:

$ guake

After guake has started you can right click on the interface and select Preferences to change the hotkey to drop the terminal automatically, by default it is set to F12.


You may want Guake to load on starting up Desktop Environment. To do this, you need to

# cp /usr/share/applications/guake.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/

'Ctrl' Keybind Problem

As of guake 0.4.2-7, there has been a noted bug affecting multiple users concerning the use of the 'Ctrl' key on the Keyboard Shortcuts to toggle guake visibility in the "Keyboard shortcuts" tab of guake-prefs (i.e. Users that setup 'Ctrl+Shift+z' to open the guake console can open it by pressing 'Shift+z', hence having the Ctrl key-bind irrelevant.

There is a bug in the program that stores the settings in Toggle Guake Visibility that places the Ctrl string as "<Primary>" instead of "<Control>".

The workaround is to use the command-line gconftool-2 from gconf package, get the current string shortcut string from /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide, and replace all instances of "<Primary>" to "<Control>".

To get what the current keyboard shortcut string is:

# gconftool-2 -g /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide

To activate the guake console with Ctrl+Shift+z for example:

# gconftool-2 -t string -s /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide "<Control><Shift>z"

It would be easier to use the graphical gconftool equivalent gconf-editor to browse for and edit the /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide string. Replace "<Primary>" in the string with "<Control>".

Alternatively you can use this script to replace instances of <Primary> with <Control> in the /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide string:

if which gconftool-2 &> /dev/null
  val=$(printf "%s" $(gconftool-2 -g /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide))
  if [ "$newval" = "$val" ]
    then echo "No changes made. Could not find or replace <Primary> in your settings."
    echo "Replacing old string $val with new string:$newval"
    gconftool-2 -t string -s /apps/guake/keybindings/global/show_hide "$newval"
  echo "gconftool-2 not found. Please install gconf. Exiting..."