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menu generator for .desktop files


icewm-menu-fdo [FILENAME]


icewm-menu-fdo introduces the XDG menu descriptors (aka FreeDesktop.Org .desktop files) to the menus of IceWM window manager.



When provided with the optional FILENAME argument that is the name and location of a .desktop file, icewm-menu-fdo will open it and launch the application using the Exec line from the desktop file.


This program doesn't use command line options. In future, it might support the pass-through of arguments to the command run from .desktop file's Exec line.


This utility is not normally used directly, but is used as the executable in a menuprog entry in a menu.


The following line in a icewm-menu(5) file will dynamically generate a comprehensive set of menus for easy access to .desktop files.

    menuprog "Desktop Apps" folder icewm-menu-fdo


XDG_DATA_HOME or XDG_DATA_DIRS are considered as suggested by XDG Base Directory Specification.

Conforming to

icewm-menu-fdo complies roughly to the XDG .desktop file and menu specification, see “Desktop Entry Specification”, Version 1.2alpha, 2015-03-06 and “Desktop Menu Specification”, Version 1.1-draft, 31 March 2011.


The icewm-menu-fdo program is only built when the icewm(1) package is configured with the --enable-menus-fdo option, which requires the glib2-dev package dependency.

See Also

“Desktop Entry Specification”, “Desktop Menu Specification”, icewm(1), icewm-menu(5), icewm-preferences(5), icewm-programs(5).


Please report bugs at <>.


Brian Bidulock <>.

See --copying for full copyright notice and copying permissions.


IceWM is licensed under the GNU Library General Public License. See the COPYING file in the distribution or use the --copying flag to display copying permissions.

Referenced By

icewm(1), icewm-menu(5), icewm-programs(5), icewm-toolbar(5).

2022-01-20 icewm 2.9.5