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This page is about the Openbox configuration tool, ObConf 2.0.


Installing and distributing Openbox themes

ObConf now easily installs new themes which use the .obt Openbox theme archive format for distribution. Just open any .obt theme archive in your file browser, or use the interface provided inside ObConf.

You can also use ObConf to create .obt Openbox theme archives for distributing your own themes.


Theme options
Appearance options
Behavior options
Desktop options
Dock options


ObConf is available for download here.

The current changelog is found here.

Installing ObConf

ObConf should be installed to the /usr prefix to have file associations function correctly.

When ObConf is installed, upgraded or uninstalled, you need to run these commands to update the .obt file associations for GNOME:

update-mime-database /usr/share/mime
update-desktop-database /usr/share/applications

These programs are a part of the shared-mime-info and desktop-file-utils packages. They should be installed if GNOME is installed.


Compiling ObConf requires the following packages:

  • GTK+ 2.x library and headers (development package)
  • Glade 2.x library and headers (development package)
  • Openbox 3.4 or above (the libraries development package if it is separate)

Building ObConf

If you have installed Openbox into the /usr/local prefix, you will need to tell the ObConf configure script where to find the Openbox libraries:

  PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ./configure --prefix=/usr
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