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bemenu(1) General Commands Manual bemenu(1)

bemenu - Dynamic menu inspired by dmenu(1)

bemenu [-hviw] [-l lines] [-p prompt] [-P prefix] [-I index] [--scrollbar when] [--ifne] [backend-options]

bemenu-run ...

bemenu is a dynamic menu for tty(4) (using ncurses(3)), X11 and/or Wayland, inspired by dmenu(1). It reads a list of newline-separated items from standard input. When the user selects an item and presses Return, their choice is printed to standard output and bemenu terminates. Entering text will narrow the items to those matching the tokens in the input.

bemenu-run is a special-case invocation of bemenu, where the input is a list of executables in the $PATH directories, and the selection gets executed.

-h, --help
Display bemenu help and exit.

-v, --version
Display bemenu version and exit.

-i, --ignorecase
Match items case-insensitively.

-w, --wrap
Wraps cursor selection.

-l NUMBER, --list=NUMBER
Lists items vertically with the given NUMBER of lines.

-p PROMPT, --prompt=PROMPT
Defines the PROMPT text to be displayed.

-P PREFIX, --prefix=PREFIX
Text to show before highlighted item.

-I INDEX, --index=INDEX
Select item at INDEX automatically.

--scrollbar=WHEN
Display a scrollbar. Valid values for WHEN are:
always
Always show the scrollbar.
autohide
Show scrollbar only when necessary.

--ifne
Only displays the menu when there are items.

--fork
Always fork. (bemenu-run) By default terminal backends won't fork.

--no-exec
Do not execute command. (bemenu-run) Instead of running the selected item, send to stdout.

These options are only available on backends specified in the parentheses (Curses, Wayland and/or X11).

-b, --bottom
(Wayland, X11) The menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.

-f, --grab
(Wayland, X11) Show the menu before reading the standard input.

-n, --no-overlap
(Wayland) Adjust geometry to not overlap with panels.

-m INDEX, --monitor=INDEX
(Wayland, X11) Specify INDEX of the monitor where the menu should appear. (Wayland) If index is -1 or all then the menu will appear on all monitors.

-H HEIGHT, --line-height=HEIGHT
(Wayland, X11) Defines the HEIGHT to make each menu line. Use 0 for default height.

--fn NAME [SIZE]
(Wayland, X11) Defines the font to be used.

--tb=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the title background COLOR.

--tf=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the title foreground COLOR.

--fb=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the filter background COLOR.

--ff=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the filter foreground COLOR.

--nb=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the normal background COLOR.

--nf=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the normal foreground COLOR.

--hb=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the highlighted background COLOR.

--hf=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the highlighted foreground COLOR.

--sb=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the selected background COLOR.

--sf=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the selected foreground COLOR.

--scb=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the scrollbar background COLOR.

--scf=COLOR
(Wayland, X11) Defines the scrollbar foreground COLOR.

0 when the user selects an option, 1 when the user aborts the selection.

BEMENU_OPTS
Alternative way to pass any command line argument from the environment.

BEMENU_BACKEND
If set, the appropriate backend will be forced. If empty, one of the GUI backends (Wayland, X11) will be selected automatically.

The accepted values are:

curses
ncurses(3) based terminal backend.
wayland
Wayland backend.
x11
X11 backend.

BEMENU_RENDERER
Force backend by loading a .so file.

BEMENU_RENDERERS
Override the backend search path.
2019-08-07