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* [http://www.suckless.org/wiki/tools/xlib dmenu] - The official dmenu website
* [http://www.suckless.org/programs/dmenu.html] - The official dmenu website

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dmenu is a fast and lightweight dynamic menu launcher for X. It can be compared to 'Quicksilver' on OS X, or 'Launchy' on Windows. With a quick keystroke, the dmenu menu appears, enabling you to type the name of a program you wish to start.


Installing dmenu is simple:

pacman -S dmenu

Once it is installed, you will need to create a shell script to run it. The following script presents some common defaults:

$(dmenu_path | \
dmenu -fn '-*-terminus-*-r-normal-*-*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*' \
-nb '#000000' -nf '#FFFFFF' -sb '#0066ff')

Save the script somewhere (~/bin is a good choice) and make it executable.


Now, you will need to attach that shell script to a keystroke combination. This can be done either via your window manager or desktop environment configuration, or with a program like xbindkeys. See the Hotkeys article for more information.

Additional Resources

  • [1] - The official dmenu website