My current desktop with my Deepflux theme.   Shown with Thunar, Mousepad, Menu, Conkys, Audacious, and Canto.
My current desktop with my Deepflux theme. Shown with Thunar, Mousepad, Menu, Conky's, Audacious, and Canto.

The following pages are ‘ how-to’s’ I wrote after searching for particular fluxbox topics, and when unable to find what I was looking for, wrote my own.  I use sidux, a Debian derivitive which uses the unstable repositories and is quite . .  . stable.   I would think anything ‘Debian’ will do just fine with these guides.

All items I write about have been tested on a clean install of sidux, (debian unstable), to make sure they are both user independent, and will work using my own directions. That being said, please realize that I do not write code for a living. What I am posting are my own discoveries.

My user name is sleek, but any info I post is username independant because I am using ‘~’ in place of ‘/home/sleek’ when I write paths to programs or files.
The term ‘~’ in this case, is an alias for ‘/home/username’. This allows the shortening of ‘/home/sleek/.fluxbox’, to just ~/.fluxbox. Pretty cool, yes? This can be used to shorten any path in your /home folder. Because of this, you should be able to copy and paste any file info that I share.

The folder: ~/.fluxbox is the central point for all configuration files for Fluxbox, and if set up correctly, can be placed on any machine to allow instant use of your own personal Fluxbox desktop, and be saved for future use as well.

If you are new to Linux you should know that everything is infinitely customizable. A hash ‘ # ‘ mark placed at the beginning of a line, will comment out a line in any file, and a single hash mark can/will keep Conkys from loading, movies from being played, menu items from being displayed, etc . . . Very useful in Fluxbox.

Quotes around paths and other words are only to let you know that it is isolated. Within any codebox you see, you should be able to copy and paste directly with no problems.

There are many more features within and around Fluxbox. Most are covered here, but some are not . . . yet. If you do all of these tutorials, you will know them well.

I like using a base install when setting up Fluxbox.  This allows me to not have to worry about display managers, base programs, etc . . . Your current install should work just fine.  I like using xfce applications within fluxbox.  Using a distro with an xfce base cuts down on any problems I might have and allows me to focus on Fluxbox.  I prefer Debian for it’s package management, and sidux for my distro.  I’ve found none better, or better supported.

When I first started using Fluxbox, It was nice to know I had a solid desktop environment for backup. It still is.
Enjoy the guides. Some are more advanced than others, but all should work with the given directions.  Please tell me if this is not the case.

Best regards,  sleekmason



  1. , as they say :)
    I am using Fluxbox in Linux Mint 17.3 “Maté”, and in Debian jessie in the (brand new) year 2017. I like Fluxbox, because its simplicity makes it looks nice (and because it is superfast on a modern computer). I know zilch about editing Fluxbox settings, so this blog may (still) come in handy, since most available themes do not have the best looks.
    I also like Openbox, but that is…different :)

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