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uxdgmenu is an automated XDG Menu system for alternative Linux window managers. It supports currently Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome, Blackbox, WindowMaker, FVWM2, IceWM, Ion3, PekWM, TWM, support can be added to any other through plugins.

uxdgmenu monitors for newly installed/removed applications, and maintains a submenu, listing and categorizing them like the Gnome/Xfce/Lxde menu. It can also monitor your gtk bookmarks and recent files, and comes with a standalone GTK app-launcher and a GUI for configuration.

Check the wiki


Debian packages are provided. You can also build from source, but please note that as of now (post version 0.7), the master branch will be in an unstable state until the 1.0 release. If you want a stable release, please build from the 0.7 source tarball.

Install dependencies:

sudo aptitude install libglib2.0-dev libglib2.0-0 libinotifytools0 libinotifytools0-dev python-xdg

You should also (but are not forced to) install the following packages:

  • python-gtk2: for the GUIs (dialogs, configuration, menu widget...)
  • python-gmenu: makes menu generation 10 times faster...
  • python-dbus: for monitoring, mounting & unmounting devices. You might also need to install the's ConsoleKit + PolicyKit stack in order to get mount/unmount permissions as a user.

Clone the git repository if you haven't already

git clone git://
cd uxdgmenu

Build and install

make && sudo make install prefix=/usr


Check the wiki

uxdgmenu has been inspired by:

  • Fedora's xdg-menu
  • Shane Lazar's mint-fm2
  • Byron Clark's udiskie
  • corenominal's crunchbang linux pipemenus for openbox
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