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brisk-menu is a modern and efficient menu designed to improve the MATE Desktop Environment with modern, first-class options.

The purpose of this project is to provide a usable menu as seen in other desktops without the bloat and performance issues.

brisk-menu is distro-agnostic and the reporting of portability issues is encouraged.


brisk-menu is a collaborative project between Solus and Ubuntu MATE

ubuntu_mate_logo solus_logo


  • Keyboard centric (mice welcome too, of course)
  • Hotkey support (defaults to Super, configurable in gsettings)
  • Stupid-fast
  • Efficient, useful searching with prioritised listings
  • Modular backend design split from the frontend, allowing new backends in future (hint: the frontend is not tied to .desktop files)
  • Context menus for .desktop actions (incognito mode, etc.)
  • Pin shortcuts to the Favourites backend and directly to the desktop using the context menu (unpin too!)
  • Configurable label (hide/text)
  • Automatically adapt to vertical panels
  • Automatically reload
  • Filter via categories
  • Session/screensaver controls
  • Drag & drop support for launchers
  • Sidebar launcher support
  • GTK3 + CSS styling options
  • Fully correct X11 WM integration (grab policy and window types)
  • Not Python.


These planned features will be implemented in the future:

  • Settings UI to control further visual aspects (labels/icons/options)
  • Improved styling for the window edge + search entry.

More will be added.


Building Brisk Menu


  • GTK 3.18 or greater
  • GTK 3.18 build of Mate 1.16 or greater
  • Modern meson (0.40.x+) and ninja (Ubuntu users should use xenial-backports)

Build Process:

    meson --buildtype plain build --prefix=/usr
    ninja -C build -j$(($(getconf _NPROCESSORS_ONLN)+1))
    sudo ninja -C build install

Development on Solus:

    meson build --buildtype debugoptimized --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --libdir=/usr/lib64 --libexecdir=/usr/lib64/brisk-menu
    ninja -C build -j$(($(getconf _NPROCESSORS_ONLN)+1))
    sudo ninja -C build install


Copyright © 2016-2019 Brisk Menu Developers

brisk-menu is available under the terms of the GPL-2.0 license.

The brisk_system-log-out-symbolic.svg icon is a copy of application-exit-symbolic.svg to use within Brisk.

This icon is copyright © Sam Hewitt, from the Paper Icons theme, available under the terms of the CC-BY-SA-4.0 license.

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