The desktop environment in Redox, referred to as Orbital, is provided by a set of programs that run in userspace:


The following are command-line utilities that provide GUI services


The orbital display and window manager sets up the orbital: scheme, manages the display, and handles requests for window creation, redraws, and event polling


The launcher multi-purpose program that scans the applications in the /apps/ directory and provides the following services:

Called Without Arguments

A taskbar that displays icons for each application

Called With Arguments

An application chooser that opens a file in a matching program

  • If one application is found that matches, it will be opened automatically
  • If more than one application is found, a chooser will be shown


The following are GUI utilities that can be found in the /apps/ directory.


A calculator that provides similar functionality to the calc program


A simple editor that is similar to notepad

File Browser

A file browser that displays icons, names, sizes, and details for files. It uses the launcher command to open files when they are clicked

Image Viewer

A simple image viewer


A 3d renderer that can be used for benchmarking the Orbital desktop.


A vi-like editor that provides syntax highlighting

Terminal Emulator

An ANSI terminal emulator that launches sh by default.