We have XFCE 4.10 on our workstations. I don't really like the built-in menu so I'd like to install the Whisker Menu. I don't have any root privileges, though.

I tried building the plugin and installing it with prefix ~/.local, but the applet is not detected by the XFCE applet manager.

Is there any way to use the Whisker Menu without root privileges?


Unfortunately xfce4-panel doesn't look for available panel plugins anywhere inside user home directory. And it doesn't have any settings/environment variables to control that either.

So the only natural way left for you is to recompile xfce4-panel yourself and run your modified version.

To make it easy for you I'll give you detailed instructions.

  1. Download from http://archive.xfce.org/xfce/ xfce4-panel sources (e.g. xfce4-panel-4.10.0.tar.bz2)
  2. Unpack archive and run (and hope that you have all required dependencies):

    ./configure --prefix="$HOME"/.local \
    make install

    Whisker menu doesn't require --enable-gtk3, but some other plugins might want it.

  3. Make sure that whisker files are in place (if not, you can just copy them) : ~/.local/lib/xfce4/panel/plugins/libwhiskermenu.so and ~/.local/share/xfce4/panel/plugins/whiskermenu.desktop.

  4. Restart xfce4-panel:

    xfce4-panel --quit

If xfce4-panel can't find your other plugins, copy them to ~/.local too.

P.S. I also suggest you to ask your system administrators who have root rights to just install whisker menu on the system instead.

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