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Guake 0.8.0 on GNOME 3
Guake 0.8.0 on GNOME 3
Original author(s)Gabriel Falcão[1][2]
Lincoln de Sousa
Developer(s)Gaetan Semet, Max Ulidtko, Pierre-Yves Chibon, Aleksandar Krsteski
Initial release2008; 11 years ago (2008)
Stable release
3.6.3 / May 13, 2019; 5 months ago (2019-05-13)[3]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython 3 (PyGTK)
Operating systemLinux
Typeterminal emulator
LicenseGPLv2+[4] (source code)

Guake is a drop-down terminal for GNOME Desktop Environment. Like similar terminals, it is invoked with a single key, and hidden by pressing the same key again.[5]

Its design was inspired from consoles in computer games such as that of Quake which slide down from the top of the screen when a key is pressed, and slide back up when the key is pressed again.


Running Guake is faster than launching a new terminal with a keyboard shortcut because the program is already loaded into memory, and so can be useful to people who frequently find themselves opening and closing terminals for odd tasks.

Guake follows the same line of Yakuake and Tilda, but it is an attempt to meld the best of them into a single GTK-based application. Guake has been written from scratch.

Version 3[edit]

Version 3.0.0 was ported from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3. This version also dropped support for Python 2. Old releases and code depending on GTK2 can be found in the 0.8.x branch. The developers of Guake will not maintain this branch actively.

Guake depends on the VTE library[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gabriel Falcão
  2. ^ Guake terminal, By RedTuxer, 2008-08-05, Tux Vermelho
  3. ^ "Releases · Guake/guake". Github. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Guake Review – The Last Drop-Down Terminal You'll Ever Use, (Guake 0.5.0), by Silviu Stahie, 2014-10-29, Softpedia
  6. ^ "GNOME Wiki: VTE Terminal Widget Library".