Introduction to Xfce4 Keyboard Plugin

If your system has a standard (US) keyboard, you probably do not need to install this plugin.

The Xfce4 Keyboard Plugin package contains a very customizable and useful Xfce4 Panel plugin to setup and use multiple (currently up to 4 due to X11 protocol limitation) keyboard layouts and switch between them, individually by application, individually by window, or globally for the desktop and all applications and windows.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Xfce4 Keyboard Plugin Dependencies


librsvg-2.42.2, libxklavier-5.4, and xfce4-panel-4.12.2

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/xfce4-xkb-plugin

Installation of Xfce4 Keyboard Plugin

Install Xfce4 Keyboard Plugin by running the following commands:

sed -e 's|xfce4/panel-plugins|xfce4/panel/plugins|' \
    -i panel-plugin/{Makefile.in,xkb-plugin.desktop.in.in} &&

./configure --prefix=/usr         \
            --libexecdir=/usr/lib \
            --disable-debug       &&


This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -e ... xkb-plugin.desktop.in.in} and --libexecdir=/usr/lib: The sed and the switch are necessary to place the xkb-plugin in the default Xfce4 panel plugins directory.

--disable-debug: This switch disables debugging support.


Installed Program: xfce4-xkb-plugin
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/xfce4/xkb

Short Descriptions


is the Xfce keyboard layout plugin.

Last updated on 2018-02-21 21:51:10 -0800