I launch Tilix in dropdown mode (aka Quake mode) via a keyboard shortcut mapped to:

tilix --quake

After upgrading to Tilix 1.7.7 I get a regular window and a notification "Quake mode is not supported under Wayland, running as normal window".

Is there any way to still launch dropdown mode under Wayland?


Yes, you can achieve this by binding the shortcut to:

env GDK_BACKEND=x11 tilix --quake


From release 1.7.7:

...the other major change is that support for quake mode in Wayland has been dropped. It's turned out to be have far too many issues to support due to the limitations of Wayland around window positioning. Users who want to use quake mode in Wayland can do so by forcing the usage of the X11 backend with tilix via the environment variable GDK_BACKEND=x11.

And from gnunn1/tilix#1314:

I've had a look at resolving these issues and frankly I just don't think it's possible to have a perfect experience under Wayland without getting into writing Wayland extensions or something else equally exotic

  • This doesn't seem to work for me, i still get that it's not available in wayland. – Frederik Baetens May 6 '18 at 13:02
  • It does work however, when i put the env GDK_BACKEND=x11 tilix --quake command into the drop down terminal from the drop down terminal extension. – Frederik Baetens May 6 '18 at 13:12

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