Guake User Documentation

computer with guake terminal

Welcome to the official Guake User Documentation.

Guake is a dropdown terminal made for the GNOME desktop environment. Guake’s style of window is based on a famous FPS game, and one of its goals is to be easy to reach and developer friendly.

Main Features

  • Lightweight

  • Simple Easy and Elegant

  • Smooth integration of terminal into GUI

  • Appears when you call and disappears once you are done by pressing a predefined hotkey (F12 by


  • Compiz transparency support

  • Multi tab

  • Plenty of color palettes

  • Quick Open in your favorite text editor with a click on a file name (with line number support)

  • Customizable hotkeys for tab access, reorganization, background transparency, font size,…

  • Extremely configurable

  • Configure Guake startup by running a bash script when Guake starts

  • Multi-monitor support (open on a specified monitor, open on mouse monitor)

  • Save terminal content to file

  • Open URL to your browser