Getting 4Pane
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Getting 4Pane

There are three ways to acquire 4Pane:
  • Download and install a binary package. See below.

  • If there isn't a package available for your distro, or you prefer not to use it, you can download the source tarball from SourceForge, then follow the instructions in Installing.

  • You can get the very latest changes and fixes from git. To 'download' 4Pane into a dir called ~/filemanagers/:
    Install git if it's not already present.
    Open a terminal, cd to ~/filemanagers/, and do:
    git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/fourpane/git4pane 4Pane
    A new dir called ~/filemanagers/4Pane will have been created. Now follow the instructions in Installing.

Getting a Binary Package

Important information about the 4Pane signing key

The original 4Pane signing key, created in 2008, was DSA, and some distros now treat such keys as untrusted.

All current packages are signed with a new, more secure, key. So if you downloaded a 4Pane key before October 2016, you now need to download the new one.
The updated 4Pane.asc file will work both for old and new packages.

There are binary packages available for recent versions of most of the main distros.


Recent versions of the main rpm-using distros have official 4Pane packages. However not all releases have the latest 4Pane version; I provide rpms for those.

First tell rpm about the 4Pane public key. Get superuser privileges with su or sudo, then do:
rpm --import http://www.4pane.co.uk/4Pane.asc

Or you can do the same thing in two steps: first download the key file with wget, then install it.
wget http://www.4pane.co.uk/4Pane.asc
rpm --import ./4Pane.asc

Then download the appropriate rpm by clicking on its link, and follow the instructions in Installing:
i386 x86_64 Source rpms
openSUSE 42.2   42.3   srpm
Fedora 25   26   25   26   srpm
OpenMandriva 3.0   3.02   3.03      3.0   3.02   3.03   4.0 srpm
Mageia 5   6      5   6   7 srpm

The Mageia 5 packages also work on PCLinuxOS.

Alternatively, if you've already installed the wxWidgets rpm, you should be able to download and install in one step. e.g. for openSUSE 42.3:
rpm -Uvh http://www.4pane.co.uk/5.0/rpm/SuSE/x86_64/4Pane-5.0-1.suse42.3.x86_64.rpm

If you are using an older version of these distros, there may be a 4.0 build available: see the previous releases page.


NB: Ubuntu 17.10 (artful) and 18.04 (bionic) have official 4pane packages, so you can ignore these instructions; just install through apt in the usual way.

If you use a debian-based distro, there are the following repositories:

Available Versions Repository
Debian jessie stretch http://www.4pane.co.uk/debian/
Ubuntu trusty xenial zesty http://www.4pane.co.uk/ubuntu/

The ubuntu packages will also work on kubuntu/xubuntu/lubuntu etc and on standard mint. The jessie packages should work on mint debian

These repositories also provide debuginfo debs, should you need them; and they still contain some 0.5.1/0.6.0/0.7.0/0.8.0/1.0/2.0/3.0/4.0 builds for no-longer-supported versions of the distros. Alternatively this link lets you access the 0.5.1/0.6.0/0.7.0/0.8.0/1.0/2.0/3.0/4.0 pages.

You will need to tell apt about the 4Pane public key by doing, as superuser:
apt-key adv --fetch-keys http://www.4pane.co.uk/4Pane.asc
Note that this now points to an updated key that works for all 4Pane repos. You don't need to remove any old key first, you can add the new one on top of it.

You can either use synaptic or equivalent, or add the appropriate url to /etc/apt/sources.list by hand (see here for details).

If you don't want to use a repository directly, you can instead download a .deb file by clicking the appropriate link below, then install it with dpkg as described in Installing.

i386 x86_64
Debian jessie    stretch    jessie    stretch   
Ubuntu trusty   xenial   zesty      trusty   xenial   zesty  

Again, should you be using an older version of these distros, there may be a 4.0 or earlier package available: this link lets you access their pages.



There are slackware tgz packages as follows:
14.2 Source package
Package    i386   x86_64 src
Digital Signature asc     asc asc

Download the package with wget or a browser, then install it as usual with pkginstall (don't forget to install wxWidgets first).

To build from the source package, extract it (tar -xf) and follow the instructions in its README file.

You need to have the wxWidgets (wxGTK) runtime libraries on your system. There are suitable packages at http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds, wxGTK-2.8.12-i486-1alien.tgz and wxGTK-2.8.12-x86_64-1alien.tgz.

Gentoo and Sabayon

There is an overlay and ebuild that should work for both gentoo and sabayon. NB the overlay now requires git, so unless it's already installed you will need to emerge dev-vcs/git.

If you use layman, do the following in a terminal, as root:
layman -f -o http://4pane.co.uk/gentoo/overlay.xml -a 4Pane
emerge 4pane

If you don't use layman, make a suitably-named directory in for the ebuild, and download it:
cd /usr/portage/local && mkdir 4Pane && cd 4Pane
wget http://4pane.co.uk/gentoo/overlay.tar.gz
tar -xzf ./overlay.tar.gz
You need to tell portage about this, as described in http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Installing_3rd_Party_Ebuilds#Local_Portage_Overlay. Here you will do this by adding a line PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/portage/local/4Pane" to /etc/make.conf, using your favourite text editor. If there is already a PORTDIR_OVERLAY= line there, to avoid clobbering other overlays you should instead append the line: PORTDIR_OVERLAY="${PORTDIR_OVERLAY} /usr/portage/local/4Pane"
Then do emerge 4pane


I'm delighted to say that 4Pane is now available from the official PCLinuxOS repos, so I'm no longer providing packages. However, if you can't wait for an update, the mageia 5 rpms work (at least on PCLinuxOS 2017.04).

Debug rpms

You don't really need these, but there are also debuginfo rpms available:
i386 debug       x86_64 debug
openSUSE 42.2   42.3  
Fedora 25   26   25   26  
OpenMandriva 3.0    3.02    3.0     3.02     4.0
Mageia 5    6    5     6     7