Linux: GUI Apps Command Names

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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


Note, the {gnome, xfce, lxde} etc means they came from those desktop systems. [see Linux: How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce]

File Manager (Folder Viewer)

CPU Monitor

See also:

Software Update

[see Linux: How to Install/Remove Packages]

Text Editor

Image Viewer

Linux: Image Viewers

PDF Viewer

File Compression

file-roller β†’ gnome

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





gnome-calculator β†’ (alias gcalctool)

Unicode Character Viewer


Task Bar (Launcher, Panel, Dock)

Music Players

Linux: Music Players

Audio Control Panel

pavucontrol β†’ for PulseAudio.

[see Linux: PulseAudio Control Panel Command Line]


To find more, in terminal, type β€œgnome-” then Tab to list. Example:

Note: not all GUI apps from Gnome starts with β€œgnome-”.

Linux Shell Basics

  1. Get System Info
  2. Shell Basics
  3. grep, cat, awk, uniq
  4. sort
  5. find, xargs
  6. diff Files/Dir
  7. dir size: du
  8. dir tree
  9. tar gzip bzip2 xz 7zip rar zip
  10. wget, curl, GET, HEAD
  11. rsync
  12. Install Packages

Sys Admin

  1. Job Control
  2. ps
  3. top
  4. htop
  5. RAM stat
  6. Users and Groups
  7. File Permission
  8. Opened Files: lsof
  9. shutdown, sleep


  1. Bash Keys, Terminal Keys, Man Page Keys
  2. Bash Prompt Setup
  3. Bash Color Prompt
  4. .bashrc, .profile, .bash_profile
  5. Virtual Console
  6. Terminal Control Sequence Keys
  7. Reset Terminal
  8. tmux
  9. man page
  10. Bash Manual in Chapters
  11. BASH Shell Misc Tips
  12. Log Terminal Session

Linux Desktop

  1. Most Useful GUI Apps
  2. Set Default App
  3. Shell Commands for GUI Apps
  4. Image Viewers
  5. Music Players
  6. Move File to Trash by Command
  7. X11 Selection and Clipboard
  8. How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce
  9. LXDE Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. LXDE/Openbox, Change Keyboard Shortcuts
  11. LXDE Set Key Repeat Rate
  12. LXDE/OpenBox, Disable Mouse Scroll Wheel Hide Window
  13. Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts
  14. Xfce Good Themes
  15. xmonad Keybinding
  16. How to Restart X11
  17. Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks
  18. Standard Fonts
  19. How to Install Font

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