i3−dmenu−desktop − run .desktop files with dmenu i3−dmenu−desktop [−−dmenu='dmenu −i'] [−−entry−type=name] i3−dmenu−desktop is a script which extracts the (localized) name from application .desktop files, offers the user a choice via dmenu(1) and then starts the chosen application via i3 (for startup notification support). The advantage of using .desktop files instead of dmenu_run(1) is that dmenu_run offers all binaries in your $PATH, including non‐ interactive utilities like "sed". Also, .desktop files contain a proper name, information about whether the application runs in a terminal and whether it supports startup notifications. The .desktop files are searched in $XDG_DATA_HOME/applications (by default $HOME/.local/share/applications) and in the "applications" subdirectory of each entry of $XDG_DATA_DIRS (by default /usr/local/share/:/usr/share/). Files with the same name in $XDG_DATA_HOME/applications take precedence over files in $XDG_DATA_DIRS, so that you can overwrite parts of the system‐wide .desktop files by copying them to your local directory and making changes. i3−dmenu−desktop displays the "Name" value in the localized version depending on LC_MESSAGES as specified in the Desktop Entry Specification. You can pass a filename or URL (%f/%F and %u/%U field codes in the .desktop file respectively) by appending it to the name of the application. E.g., if you want to launch "GNU Emacs 24" with the patch /tmp/foobar.txt, you would type "emacs", press TAB, type " /tmp/foobar.txt" and press ENTER. .desktop files with Terminal=true are started using i3−sensible−terminal(1). .desktop files with NoDisplay=true or Hidden=true are skipped. UTF−8 is supported, of course, but dmenu does not support displaying all glyphs. E.g., xfce4−terminal.desktop’s Name[fi]=PÃ¤Ã¤te will be displayed just fine, but not its Name[ru]=Ð¢ÐµÑÐ¼Ð¸Ð½Ð°Ð». −−dmenu=command Execute command instead of ’dmenu −i’. This option can ‐2‐ be used to pass custom parameters to dmenu, or to make i3−dmenu−desktop start a custom (patched?) version of dmenu. −−entry−type=type Display the (localized) "Name" (type = name), the command (type = command) or the (*.desktop) filename (type = filename) in dmenu. This option can be specified multiple times. Examples are "GNU Image Manipulation Program" (type = name), "gimp" (type = command), and "libreoffice‐writer" (type = filename). Version 1.5 Michael Stapelberg, "<michael at i3wm.org>" Copyright 2012 Michael Stapelberg. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the BSD license.