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πmenu(eXkc build)

πmenu is a pie menu utility for X. πmenu receives a menu specification in stdin, shows a pie menu for the user to select one of the options, and outputs the option selected to stdout. πmenu can be controlled both via mouse and via keyboard.


πmenu comes with the following features:

  • πmenu reads something in and prints something out, the UNIX way.
  • Submenus (some menu entries can spawn another menu).
  • Separators (menu entries can be separated by a line).
  • Icons (menu entries can be preceded by an icon image).


The files are:

  • ./README: This file.
  • ./Makefile: The makefile.
  • ./config.h: The hardcoded default configuration for πmenu.
  • ./ The setup for the makefile.
  • ./demo.gif: A gif demonstrating how πmenu works.
  • ./pmenu.1: The manual file (man page) for πmenu.
  • ./pmenu.c: The source code of πmenu.
  • ./ A sample script illustrating how to use πmenu.
  • ./icons/: Icons for the sample script


First, edit ./ to match your local setup.

In order to build πmenu you need the Imlib2, Xlib and Xft header files. The default configuration for πmenu is specified in the file config.h, you can edit it, but most configuration can be changed at runtime via X resources. Enter the following command to build πmenu. This command creates the binary file ./pmenu.

# sudo make

By default, πmenu is installed into the /usr/local prefix. Enter the following command to install πmenu (if necessary as root). This command installs the binary file ./pmenu into the ${PREFIX}/bin/ directory, and the manual file ./pmenu.1 into ${MANPREFIX}/man1/ directory.

# sudo make install

Running πmenu

πmenu receives as input a menu specification where each line is a menu entry. Each line can be indented with tabs to represent nested menus. Each line is made out of a label and a command separated by any number of tabs. Lines without labels are menu separators.

See the script ./ for an example of how to use πmenu to draw a simple menu with submenus and separators. The file ./demo.gif shows how the menu generated by that script looks like.

Read the manual for more information on running πmenu.