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Discover Guake Terminal

Guake is a top-down terminal for Gnome, and is highly inspirated by the famous terminal used in Quake .

You can instantaneously show and hide your terminal with a single key stroke, execute a command, and then go back to your previous task without breaking your workflow.

What does Guake look like?

Your Terminal Anywhere On Your Desktop, Just A Shortcut Away!

Imagine you are working in your favorite text editor and want to execute some commands, like execute the unit test of your code, check a man page, or edit some configuration file. You can do it at lightning speed without leaving your keyboard. Just press your predefined "Show Guake" hotkey, execute your command, and repress it to hide the terminal and go back to your work.

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Simple Easy, Elegant

Smooth integration of the terminal into the GNOME environment, with Compiz Transparency and show animation.


Guake supports Multimonitor setup. Open it on the monitor where your mouse is, or in a dedicated screen.

Multiple Tabs

Use Several named tabs, with names automatically set from the running command, or easily customized.

Get instant access to your tabs with custom shortcut.

Quick Open

See a filename in your terminal output? Simply click on it and it will be opened directly in your favorite Text Editor. It can even be scroll at the very specific line and column if your editor support it!

Autoconfigure Guake

Start Guake automatically at login, and define a script that will be executed on Guake launch, in order to configure Guake tabs.

This is temporary solution waiting for the save session feature.

Plenty of Color palettes

More than 130 predefined palettes are provided! You can easily visualize them prior to choosing the color that is best for you.

How can I get Guake?

Guake is packaged by a large number of distributions, among which are Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu and ArchLinux, so please check your repo. Source tarballs are available; see the Release page.

You can also checkout directly the source code from the git repository. Please check it at the Github page

No software is perfect. To file a bug report, use the Issues page of the GitHub project.

General information on how to compile guake can be found in the README.rst file.

Can I contribute?

Want a feature for Guake? Contributions are welcome! Guake is mainly developed in the Python language, and uses the GTK-2 binding. Don't hesitate to submit your Pull Request!

About the Guake Project

Guake was originally written by Gabriel Falc√£o in 2007, and has since become a vibrant open source project with many contributors.