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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 release 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Stable release
0.8.5 / June 6, 2016; 13 months ago (2016-06-06)
Written in Python (PyGTK)
Operating system Linux
Type terminal emulator
License GPLv2+[3]
Website (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.[4]

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.

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.

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.


  • Python Python ≥ 2.7
  • PyGTK ≥ 2.10 (gtk.StatusIcon)
  • python-vte
  • python-notify
  • python-dbus
  • python-gconf
  • python-xdg
  • python-appindicator (ubuntu)

Guake uses virtual console and not the newer Kmscon, and PyGTK over PyGObject.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gabriel Falcão
  2. ^ Guake terminal, By RedTuxer, 2008-08-05, Tux Vermelho
  3. ^
  4. ^ Guake Review – The Last Drop-Down Terminal You'll Ever Use, (Guake 0.5.0), by Silviu Stahie, 2014-10-29, Softpedia