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gmrun - Featureful CLI-like GTK+ application launcher

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gmrun - Featureful CLI-like GTK+ application launcher


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This manual page documents briefly the gmrun command. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.
gmrun is a program that allows a user to use a CLI-like interface to launch applications from within the X11 windowing environment. It is based on the GTK+ toolkit.


If gmrun is invoked with a command-line parameter, that will be the initial content of the dialog box.
gmrun can be customized both system-wide using /etc/gmrunrc and per-user in ~/.gmrunrc. Settings in the per-user configuration overwrite system-wide settings.
The format of the configuration file is simple; "variable = value". To refer to a variable as opposed to setting it, enclose the variable in ${}.
variable1 = foobar
newvariable = ${variable1} foobaz
Were this placed within the configuration file, the gmrun variable "newvariable" would contain the text "foobar foobaz". Some variables that are understood by gmrun, by default. These are:
The command to run when Ctrl+Enter is pressed with no command entered; used to start a new terminal.
The command to run when Ctrl+Enter is pressed with a command entered. The entered command is supplied as an argument to TermExec.
Initial width of gmrun window.
Top, Left
Initial placement of gmrun window - specify both Top and Left variables such that the gmrun window is placed at pixel (Top,Left) of your desktop.
Number of entered commands which should be kept in gmrun's history(~/.gmrun_history). Using the Up and Down arrow keys within the gmrun window will cycle through the history. You can search backwards through the history with Ctrl+R or by writing ! (exclamation mark), and forward with Ctrl+S. To cancel a search, hit Ctrl+G or the ESC key. Otherwise, after you have found the history item you wish to run, hit Enter.
Whether to show the last command as initial text, or an empty textarea (1 or 0).
Whether the initial text should be selected or not (1 or 0).


As opposed to entering a command, gmrun supports the entering of URLs. The included configuration file ( /etc/gmrunrc) gives some examples. To set up your own url, create a variable in /etc/gmrunrc or ~/.gmrunrc with the format of "URL_protocol". For instance, URL_http. Here is an example:
URL_http = /usr/bin/mozilla %u
Using this, entering "" will run '/usr/bin/mozilla'.
gmrun may also strip the protocol and colon away from the entered URL before passing it to the defined program. For example:
URL_mailto = mutt %s
Using this, entering "" will run the command 'mutt'
The included configuration files has a few examples which you can work with. You should also note that the protocol part of URL_protocol can be *anything*. You can set up "URL_foobarbazcustom", and so long as you enter in "foobarbazcustom:<whatever>", it will use the given program. Have fun :)


/usr/share/doc/gmrun/README.gz, /etc/gmrunrc.


gmrun was written and is maintained by Mihai Bazon <> , the latest version is available from
This manual page was written by David B Harris <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
August 8, 2001 Debian Sid