Linux: GUI Apps Command Names

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's the most common GUI apps's command names.

terminal

xterm
Ancient, classic, from X11.
uxterm
Wrapper to xterm with Unicode support [see Unicode Search 😄]
gnome-terminal
From Gnome desktop.
xfce4-terminal
From xfce desktop.
lxterm
From lxde. Wrapper to xterm, from lxde desktop.

[see Linux: How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce]

File Manager (Folder Viewer)

nautilus
From gnome
thunar
From xfce
pcmanfm
From lxde

CPU Monitor

Xfce4-taskmanager
From xfce
gnome-system-monitor
From gnome. This one sucks CPU majorly

Software Update

Text Editor

Image Viewer

Linux: Image Viewers

PDF Viewer

File Compression

file-roller
gnome

[see Linux: Compression How-to: tar gzip bzip2 xz 7zip rar zip]

Search

gnome-search-tool

Dictionary

gnome-dictionary
Require internet
xfce4-dict
Require internet

Calculator

gnome-calculator
(alias gcalctool)

Unicode Character Viewer

gucharmap

Task Bar (Launcher, Panel, Dock)

xfce4-panel
xfce
lxpanel
lxde

Music Players

Linux: Music Players

Audio Control Panel

pavucontrol
for PulseAudio.

[see Linux: PulseAudio Control Panel Command Line]

Other

To find more, in terminal, type “gnome-” then Tab to list. Example:

Note: not all GUI apps from Gnome starts with “gnome-”.

Linux Shell Basics

Sys Admin

Bash/Terminal

Linux Desktop