Introduction to Exo

Exo is a support library used in the Xfce desktop. It also has some helper applications that are used throughout Xfce.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

Exo Dependencies


GTK+-3.24.41, libxfce4ui-4.18.5, and libxfce4util-4.18.2



Installation of Exo

Install Exo by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: exo-desktop-item-edit and exo-open
Installed Libraries: libexo-2.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/exo-2 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/exo-2

Short Descriptions


is a command line utility to create or edit icons on the desktop


is a command line frontend to the Xfce Preferred Applications framework. It can either be used to open a list of urls with the default URL handler or launch the preferred application for a certain category


contains additional widgets, a framework for editable toolbars, light-weight session management support and functions to automatically synchronise object properties (based on GObject Binding Properties)