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XDG is an abbreviation for the X Desktop Group, now known as freedesktop.org. freedesktop.org creates and maintains specifications and software related to desktop systems.

For information about:

  • The XDG Base Directory specification, which describes environment variables such as XDG_RUNTIME_DIR and their default values, refer to the XDG/Base Directories page.
  • The xdg-desktop-portal interface, which provides a standard API for things such as file access, opening URIs, and printing, refer to the XDG/xdg-desktop-portal page.
  • Command-line programs for managing and using default applications for particular MIME types, such as text/plain, image/gif and audio/mp3, refer to the XDG/Software page.

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