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This software is a power manager for the Xfce desktop, Xfce power manager manages the power sources on the computer and the devices that can be controlled to reduce their power consumption (such as LCD brightness level, monitor sleep, CPU frequency scaling). In addition, xfce4-power-manager provides a set of freedesktop-compliant DBus interfaces to inform other applications about current power level so that they can adjust their power consumption, and it provides the inhibit interface which allows applications to prevent automatic sleep actions via the power manager; as an example, the operating system’s package manager should make use of this interface while it is performing update operations.


Maintainer: Ali Abdallah aliov@xfce.org

Special thanks for

  • Yves-Alexis Perez corsac@debian.org
  • Mike Massonnet mmassonnet@xfce.org

Screen shots

Power manager preferences


Battery monitoring icon in the system tray


LCD Brightness plugin


This plugin allows you to control your LCD brightness level from the xfce4-panel.


Version 1.0.0

xfce4-power-manager-1.0.102011/02/20 14:35

Version 0.8.5

xfce4-power-manager-0.8.52010/03/02 17:25


You can check out the Xfce GIT Repository like so:

git clone http://git.xfce.org/xfce/xfce4-power-manager

You can view the GIT source tree online as well.


./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc (or ./autogen.sh if you are compiling from svn).
make install (as root)


  • Gtk >= 2.12.0.
  • Libglade > = 2.0.0. (Only for version 0.8.0).
  • Glib >= 2.16.0.
  • DBus >= 0.60.
  • DBus-Glib > 0.70.
  • Xfconf >= 4.6.0.
  • Libxfcegui4>= 4.6.0.
  • Libxfce4utils >= 4.6.0.
  • Libnotify >= 0.4.1.
  • Libxfce4panel >= 4.6.0 (to build the panel plugin).
  • DPMS X extension for monitor control.
  • HALD >= 0.5.6 running.


Please report all bugs on Xfce Bugzilla, using the 'Xfce Goodies' project and 'xfce4-power-manager' component.