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What are X-Apps and Why You Should Use Them on Your Linux Desktop

What are X-Apps and why you should use them

If you are looking for some simple and useful applications that can work well on any GTK-based desktop environment, you might want to try X-Apps. In this article, we will explain what X-Apps are, what are their benefits, how to install them on Ubuntu 20.04, and how to use them.

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X-Apps are a bunch of GTK3 DE-agnostic applications that are not so tightly tied to a particular distribution or DE as their ancestors might be. The project was started in 2016 by Linux Mint, with the idea of replacing applications that no longer integrate properly outside of a particular environment (such as some GNOME applications) and providing a consistent set of core applications for different desktop environments, so that each change, each new feature, and each improvement made in one of them will benefit all of them.

What are X-Apps?

X-Apps are based on existing applications that have been forked and modified to suit the needs of various desktop environments. They include:

  • Pix - image management application based on gThumb

  • Xed - text editor based on Pluma

  • Xplayer - media player based on Totem

  • Xviewer - image viewer based on Eye of GNOME

  • Xreader - document reader based on Atril

What are the benefits of X-Apps?

Some of the advantages of using X-Apps are:

  • They are simple and easy to use, without unnecessary features or complexity

  • They are compatible with any GTK-based desktop environment, such as Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, GNOME, etc.

  • They have a consistent look and feel across different environments, thanks to the use of GTK3 and common themes and icons

  • They are actively maintained and updated by the Linux Mint team and the community

  • They have some unique features that make them stand out from their original counterparts, such as custom plugins, settings, and preferences

How to install X-Apps on Ubuntu 20.04

If you want to try X-Apps on your Ubuntu 20.04 system, you can follow these steps:

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Add the PPA repository

Open a terminal window and run the following command to add the PPA repository that contains the X-Apps packages:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/xapps

Type your user password when prompted and press Enter to continue.

Update the package cache

Next, run the following command to update the package cache and make sure you have the latest versions of the packages available:

sudo apt update

Install the X-Apps packages

Now, you can install either or all of the X-Apps packages by running this command:

sudo apt install pix xed xplayer xviewer xreader

You can remove any package from the command if you don't want to install it. For example, if you only want to install Pix and Xed, you can run:

sudo apt install pix xed

Uninstall X-Apps if needed

If you want to remove X-Apps from your system, you can do so by running this command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove pix xed xplayer xviewer xreader

This will also remove any dependencies that are no longer needed.

How to use X-Apps on Ubuntu 20.04

Once you have installed the X-Apps packages, you can find them in your application menu and launch them as any other application. Here are some brief introductions to each of the X-Apps and their features:

Pix - image management application

Pix is a powerful and versatile image management application that can help you organize, edit, and share your photos. You can use Pix to:

  • Browse your photos by folders, tags, or dates

  • View your photos in full-screen or slideshow mode

  • Edit your photos with basic or advanced tools, such as crop, rotate, resize, color adjustment, filters, red-eye removal, etc.

  • Create and manage albums and collections

  • Import photos from cameras or scanners

  • Export photos to various formats or online services, such as Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, etc.

  • Batch rename, convert, or resize multiple photos at once

  • Add comments, ratings, or metadata to your photos

  • Search for photos by name, tag, date, or other criteria

  • Install plugins to extend the functionality of Pix

Xed - text editor

Xed is a simple and lightweight text editor that can handle plain text or code files. You can use Xed to:

  • Create and edit text or code files in various languages

  • Use syntax highlighting, auto-indentation, code folding, bracket matching, etc.

  • Search and replace text with regular expressions support

  • Use multiple tabs to work on different files

  • Use the sidebar to browse files or bookmarks

  • Use the bottom panel to access the terminal, the file browser, or the plugin manager

  • Customize the appearance and behavior of Xed with preferences and plugins

Xplayer - media player

Xplayer is a simple and user-friendly media player that can play audio and video files of various formats. You can use Xplayer to:

  • Play local or remote files or streams

  • Use playlists to manage your media files

  • Adjust the volume, brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.

  • Use subtitles and audio tracks for your media files

  • Use keyboard shortcuts or mouse gestures to control the playback

  • Use plugins to enhance the functionality of Xplayer

Xviewer - image viewer

Xviewer is a fast and simple image viewer that can display images of various formats. You can use Xviewer to:

  • Open and view images in a window or full-screen mode

  • Zoom in or out, rotate, flip, or crop images

  • Use the toolbar, the menu, or the status bar to access different options

  • Use the sidebar to browse images in the same folder or in a collection

  • Use the thumbnail bar to navigate between images

  • Set an image as your desktop background or print it

  • Slideshow your images with different effects and transitions

  • Install plugins to extend the functionality of Xviewer

Xreader - document reader

Xreader is a versatile and feature-rich document reader that can handle PDF, DjVu, TIFF, DVI, XPS, ODF, CBZ, and EPUB files. You can use Xreader to:

  • Open and view documents in a window or full-screen mode

  • Zoom in or out, rotate, or fit documents to the window or the width

  • Use the toolbar, the menu, or the status bar to access different options

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