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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/

See Autostarting for more info.

Window width

Guake takes all the width of your display by default and there's no such option in "Preferences". To change width you can edit the program itself which is python script.

# nano /usr/bin/guake

Find that string

width = 100

It is width value in percents, change it to whatever you like.

If you want to align new "narrowed" window left or right find string

if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:

and replace CENTER with LEFT or RIGHT.

Dual monitor workaround

The traditional patch to dual monitor is not more available, a workaround is define the start points for the window.

# nano /usr/bin/guake

Find that string

window_rect.y = 0 

is the default point in Y coordinate if you need change for the width of top desktop bar (or the long from the top of the bar to below), if you use it, and add the default x coordinate in the line below, for positioned the window I use

                  window_rect.x = total_width - window_rect.width
        window_rect.y = 24 
        window_rect.x = 1024 
        return window_rect

My firt window is 1024 pixels ,and second 1280 pixels, guake get size of the first window from left to rigth, why must increase the width by a percentage

Find that string

width = 100

Change de value 100 for a more greater, in my case 125 ( 1280 divided by 1024 and multiplicated by 100)

'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..."