a `dmenu`-based application launcher using `.desktop` files
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The dmesktop program is in many ways like dmenu_run, but it draws the list of programs to select from using the XDG Desktop Entry specification instead of just using applications on the $PATH (which includes non-graphical programs you might not need to start via such a menu, like ls or sed).

The dmesktop script requires Python 3.6 or greater, and hasn't been tested on any machine but my own.

Known Alternatives

  • i3-dmenu-desktop is the same basic program, but it assumes that you're using i3 to start the programs in question.
  • rofi is a much more full-featured dmenu-like application switcher/launcher which includes this as a mode, in addition to many other modes