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Using Pipe menus

See the menu documentation for how to use pipe menus in your Openbox menus.


Openbox Configuration

Background Management

Desktop Environment Integration

  • XDG bookmarks menu; defaults to Nautilus but should be usable with Thunar and maybe others?
  • Create new files from templates (in ~/Templates).
  • recent.rb Shows your recent documents. - Tim Riley
  • Pipes the rox-filer bookmarks from ~/.config/rox..../bookmarks.xml into the Openbox menu. Running one in the menu opens the bookmark with rox-filer.

XDG Application Menus

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    Python XDG menu from Fedora This is a very complete XDG menu solution, works flawlessly, and is one of the few, if not the only one which supports custom user menus, meaning you can edit your menus with alacarte or any XDG menu editor.
  • openbox-menu This generates menus for Openbox from the applications installed on the system and keeps them always up to date.
  • Openbox:Pipemenus:obam Openbox Application Menu reads .desktop files from multiple directories to construct a flat menu. This is especially useful if your system doesn't have working XDG or Debian menus.

See User:Baavgai's page for additional scripts.

Browser Integration

  • opera-bookmarks-pipe Grabs your bookmarks from Opera. Clicking on them opens them in Opera. - Brendan Johan Lee

System Information

  • This script reads out process information from /proc and pipes it into the Openbox menu. You can renice, kill or restart running applications through the menu. It also has an application filter, so not all user applications/daemons are shown in the menu. It is similar to the procinfo script by Dave Foster. New Version 12.04.08!
  • procinfo See your process information. - Dave Foster
  • Screen Script This script is a way to control screen, it allows you to launch new screens or perform operations on currently running screens.
  • Sysinfo Pipemenus to show your system info, such as free ram, processor, disk space etc. etc. kind of like gkrellm, but like a menu. It needs some editing to work for each system like dev and eth. - yettenet
  • A similar system information script written in Perl and easy to modify/extend. - dbbolton
  • dir-menu Directory structure menu with simple file handling.

Sound & Media


  • ob3-et.c Queries Enemy Territory servers.


  • checkmail This program checks (only one) IMAP4 server for new mails and displays mail headers through pyosd. All new mails are accessible through a menu. You can set them read, delete them and, of course, read them. (I've tested it so far with cyrus, dovecot, communigate, and Gmail). Read the README.
  • This script pipes RSS and Podcast feeds into the Openbox menu. You have to edit the "User set variables": rss_feeds, browser and media-player used to open feeds or/and podcasts.
  • dirlist Menu that recursively shows the contents of a directory. - Dave Foster
  • obdevicemenu An Openbox pipe menu for the management of removable media with Udisks.
  • ob-randr Easily change resolution, rotation, scaling, panning, and other xrandr operations as well as quickly see the capabilities of connected displays.
  • Palobo's Openbox SimpleTasks Tasklist A simple task list in the form of a pipe menu. Simple features are supported for the time being. Adding tasks. Clicking on a task renders it completed and is therefore removed from the list.
  • SSH Agent Utility Shows active ssh-agent identities and deactivates (locks) them on click; allows user to activate all default identities or deactivate all identities. - Adarsh Carter

Script Archives & Collections

Personal tools