DMENU(1) General Commands Manual DMENU(1)


dmenu – dynamic menu


dmenu [-bfiv] [-l lines] [-m monitor] [-p prompt] [-fn font] [-nb color] [-nf color] [-sb color] [-sf color]

[-w windowid]

dmenu_run …


dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, which reads a list of newline-separated items from stdin. When the user

selects an item and presses Return, their choice is printed to stdout and dmenu terminates. Entering text

will narrow the items to those matching the tokens in the input.

dmenu_run is a script used by dwm(1) which lists programs in the user’s $PATH and runs the result in their



-b dmenu appears at the bottom of the screen.

-f dmenu grabs the keyboard before reading stdin. This is faster, but will lock up X until stdin reaches

-i dmenu matches menu items case insensitively.

-l lines
dmenu lists items vertically, with the given number of lines.

-m monitor
dmenu is displayed on the monitor number supplied. Monitor numbers are starting from 0.

-p prompt
defines the prompt to be displayed to the left of the input field.

-fn font
defines the font or font set used.

-nb color
defines the normal background color. #RGB, #RRGGBB, and X color names are supported.

-nf color
defines the normal foreground color.

-sb color
defines the selected background color.

-sf color
defines the selected foreground color.

-v prints version information to stdout, then exits.

-w windowid
embed into windowid.


dmenu is completely controlled by the keyboard. Items are selected using the arrow keys, page up, page down,

home, and end.

Tab Copy the selected item to the input field.

Return Confirm selection. Prints the selected item to stdout and exits, returning success.

Confirm selection. Prints the selected item to stdout and continues.

Confirm input. Prints the input text to stdout and exits, returning success.

Escape Exit without selecting an item, returning failure.

C-a Home

C-b Left

C-c Escape

C-d Delete

C-e End

C-f Right

C-g Escape

C-h Backspace

C-i Tab

C-j Return

C-J Shift-Return

C-k Delete line right

C-m Return

C-M Shift-Return

C-n Down

C-p Up

C-u Delete line left

C-w Delete word left

C-y Paste from primary X selection

C-Y Paste from X clipboard

M-g Home

M-G End

M-h Up

M-j Page down

M-k Page up

M-l Down


dwm(1), stest(1)

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