gsettings − GSettings configuration tool


gsettings get SCHEMA [:PATH] KEY

gsettings monitor SCHEMA [:PATH] [KEY]

gsettings writable SCHEMA [:PATH] KEY

gsettings range SCHEMA [:PATH] KEY

gsettings set SCHEMA [:PATH] KEY VALUE

gsettings reset SCHEMA [:PATH] KEY

gsettings reset−recursively SCHEMA [:PATH]

gsettings list−schemas

gsettings list−relocatable−schemas

gsettings list−keys SCHEMA [:PATH]

gsettings list−children SCHEMA [:PATH]

gsettings list−recursively [SCHEMA [:PATH]]

gsettings help [COMMAND]


gsettings offers a simple commandline interface to GSettings. It lets you get, set or monitor an individual key for changes.

The SCHEMA and KEY arguments are required for most commands to specify the schema id and the name of the key to operate on. The schema id may optionally have a :PATH suffix. Specifying the path is only needed if the schema does not have a fixed path.

When setting a key, you also need specify a VALUE The format for the value is that of a serialized GVariant, so e.g. a string must include explicit quotes: "'foo'". This format is also used when printing out values.

Note that gsettings needs a D−Bus session bus connection to write changes to the dconf database.



Gets the value of KEY. The value is printed out as a serialised GVariant.


Monitors KEY for changes and prints the changed values. If no KEY is specified, all keys in the schema are monitored. Monitoring will continue until the process is terminated.


Finds out whether KEY is writable.


Queries the range of valid values for KEY.


Sets the value of KEY to VALUE. The value is specified as a serialised GVariant.


Resets KEY to its default value.


Reset all keys under the given SCHEMA.


Lists the installed, non−relocatable schemas. See list−relocatable−schemas if you are interested in relocatable schemas.


Lists the installed, relocatable schemas. See list−schemas if you are interested in non−relocatable schemas.


Lists the keys in SCHEMA.


Lists the children of SCHEMA.


Lists keys and values, recursively. If no SCHEMA is given, list keys in all schemas.


Prints help and exits.


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