Basically, I'd like to use a launcher to open a new tab with a program running in it when I already have a terminal open (obviously). To do this I use

xfce4-terminal --tab --drop-down -x

You'll notice I'm also using the


Which is essential to my ideal set up but am unsure if it matters to my question, but I included it just in case.

Anyway, what is bothering me is that when I have no terminal open at all and I use the above command/click launcher, what essentially amounts to a useless empty tab opens as well as the desired tab with the program running in it. Is there any way to prevent this empty tab?

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A simple script like this can be used to prevent the empty tab:


c=$(ps -e | grep -c xfce4-terminal)

if [ $c -gt 0 ]
        xfce4-terminal --tab --drop-down -x $1
        xfce4-terminal --drop-down -x $1

Assuming the script is named xfce4termtab, the launcher command would be either

xfce4termtab program

or, with an argument

xfce4termtab 'program arg'


  • The script's permissions need to be set to make it executable.
  • If the script isn't located in a directory on your PATH, you'll need to provide the full path to the script in the launcher command.
  • Thank you so much! I ment to check this solved a long time ago but life got in the way and well, I plum forgot. But seriously, this was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thanks again! May 25, 2021 at 7:38

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