yad man page

yad — display GTK+ dialogs in shell scripts

Synopsis

yad [Options]

Description

YAD is a program that will display GTK+ dialogs, and return (either in the return code or on standard output) the users input. This allows you to present information, and ask for information from the user, from all manner of shell scripts.

YAD is the fork of Zenity program.

Options

This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-').

Dialog options

--calendar
Display calendar dialog.
--color
Display color selection dialog.
--dnd
Display drag-and-drop box.
--entry
Display text entry dialog.
--icons
Display box with shortcut icons.
--file
Display file selection dialog.
--font
Display font selection dialog.
--form
Display form dialog
--html
Display HTML dialog
--list
Display list dialog
--multi-progress
Display multi progress bars dialog.
--notebook
Display notebook dialog.
--notification
Display notification icon.
--print
Display print dialog.
--progress
Display progress indication dialog.
--text-info
Display text information dialog.
--scale
Display scale dialog.

General options

--title=TITLE
Set the dialog title.
--window-icon=ICON
Set the window icon.
--width=WIDTH
Set the dialog window width.
--height=HEIGHT
Set the dialog window height.
--posx=NUMBER
Set the X position of dialog window. NUMBER can be negative.
--posy=NUMBER
Set the Y position of dialog window. NUMBER can be negative.
--geometry=WIDTHxHEIGHT+X+Y
Use standard X Window geometry notation for placing dialog. When this option is used, width, height, posx, posy, mouse and center options are ignored. This option is obsolete for gtk3 builds.
--timeout=TIMEOUT
Set the dialog timeout in seconds.
--timeout-indicator=POSITION
Show timeout indicator in given position. Positions are top, bottom, left or right. Style of indicator may be set through the gtkrc file. See http://code.google.com/p/yad/wiki/Timeo… for details.
--parent-win=XID
Specify a parent window for the dialog. This makes YAD possible to use as embedded GUI tool.
--kill-parent[=SIGNAL]
Send SIGNAL to parent process. Default value of SIGNAL is a SIGTERM. SIGNAL may be specified by it's number or symbolic name with or without SIG prefix. See signal(7) for details about signals.
--plug=KEY
Run dialog in plug mode for swallow as a notebook tab. See NOTEBOOK section for more.
--tabnum=NUMBER
Set the tab number for plugged dialog. See NOTEBOOK section for more.
--text=STRING
Set the dialog text.
--text-align=TYPE
Set type of dialog text justification. TYPE may be left, right, center or fill.
--image=IMAGE
Set the dialog image which appears on the left side of dialog. IMAGE might be file name or icon name from current icon theme.
--image-on-top
Show image above main widget instead of left. This option is always on for print dialog.
--icon-theme=THEME
Use specified GTK icon theme instead of default.
--expander=TEXT
Hide main widget with expander. TEXT is an optional argument with expander's label.
--button=BUTTON:ID
Add the dialog button. May be used multiply times. ID is an exit code or a command. BUTTON may be gtk stock item name for predefined buttons (like gtk-close or gtk-ok) or text in a form LABEL[!ICON[!TOOLTIP]] where `!' is an item separator. Full list of stock items may be found in gtk-demo program, in snippet called "Stock Items and Icon Browser". If no buttons specified OK and Cancel buttons used. See Exit Status section for more. If ID have a non-numeric value it treats like a command and click on such button doesn't close the dialog.
--no-buttons
Don't show buttons.
--buttons-layout=TYPE
Set buttons layout type. Possible types are: spread, edge, start, end or center. Default is end.
--no-markup
Don't use pango markup in dialog's text.
--no-escape
Don't close dialog if Escape was pressed.
--always-print-result
Print result for aby of the return codes. This options doesn't work if timeout was reached or Escape was pressed.
--dialog-sep
Show separator between dialog and buttons. Works only with gtk+-2.0.
--borders=NUM
Set dialog window borders.
--sticky
Make window visible on all desktops.
--fixed
Make window fixed width and height.
--center
Place window on center of screen.
--mouse
Place window under mouse position.
--on-top
Place window over other windows.
--undecorated
Make window undecorated (remove title and window borders).
--skip-taskbar
Don't show window in taskbar and pager.
--maximized
Run dialog window maximized.
--fullscreen
Run dialog in fullscreen mode. This option may not work on all window managers.
--splash
Open window with "splashscreen" window hints. For details see description of _NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE_SPLASH in EWMH specification. The behavior of dialog with this option is HIGHLY DEPENDS on settings of your window manager.
--no-focus
Dialog window never take focus.
--close-on-unfocus
Close the dialog window when it loose the focus.
--selectable-labels
If set, user can select dialog's text and copy it to clipboard. This option also affects on label fields in form dialog.
--image-path=PATH
Add specified path to the standard list of directories for looking for icons. This option can be used multiply times.
--rest=FILENAME
Read extra arguments from given file instead of command line. Each line of a file treats as a single argument.
--gtkrc=FILENAME
Read and parse additional GTK+ settings from given file. This option doesn't work with GTK+-3.x builds.
--hscroll-policy=TYPE
Set the policy type for horizontal scrollbars. TYPE can be one of the auto, always or never. Default is auto.
--vscroll-policy=TYPE
Set the policy type for vertical scrollbars. TYPE can be one of the auto, always or never. Default is auto.
--enable-spell
Enable spell checking in textview widgets
--spell-lang=LANGUAGE
Set spell checking language to LANGUAGE. By default language guesses from current locale.

Calendar options

--day=NUMBER
Set the calendar day.
--month=NUMBER
Set the calendar month.
--year=NUMBER
Set the calendar year.
--date-format=PATTERN
Set the format for the returned date. By default is `%x'. See strftime(3) for more details.
--details=FILENAME
Read days description from FILENAME.

File with days details must be in following format:

<date> <description>

date field is date in format, specified with --date-format option. description is a string with date details, which may include Pango markup.

Color selection options

--init-color=COLOR
Set initial color value.
--gtk-palette
Show system palette inside color dialog.
--extra
Show extra information about color in returned string.
--alpha
Add opacity to output color string.
--palette[=FILENAME]
Show palette and set predefined colors from given filename. By default used /etc/X11/rgb.txt.
--expand-palette
Expander for list of user-defined colors will be initially opened.
--mode=MODE
Set output color mode. Possible values are hex or rgb. Default is hex. HEX mode looks like #rrggbbaa, RGB mode - rgba(r, g, b, a). In RGBA mode opacity have values from 0.0 to 1.0.

Drag-and-Drop box options

--tooltip
Use dialog text as a tooltip for Drag-and-Drop box.
--command=CMD
Run command when data received. Data strings pass to command as an agrument. By default data just prints to stdout.

Text entry options

--entry-label=STRING
Set the entry label text.
--entry-text=STRING
Set the initial entry text or default item in combo-box.
--hide-text
Hide the entry text.
--completion
Use completion instead of combo-box.
--complete=TYPE
Use specific type for extended completion. TYPE can be any for match any of typed words, all for match all of typed words or regex when typed text treats as regular expression.
--editable
Allow make changes to text in combo-box.
--numeric
Use spin button instead of text entry. Additional parameters in command line treats as minimum and maximum values, step value and precisions (in that order). All this values are optional. Default range is from 0 to 65535 with step 1.
--float-precision=NUMBER
Set precision of floating point numbers. By default precision is three digits after point.
--licon=IMAGE
Set an icon on a left side of entry.
--licon-action=CMD
Specify a command which will be run when the left icon clicked. Output of command will be set as entry text.
--ricon=IMAGE
Set an icon on a right side of entry.
--ricon-action=CMD
Specify a command which will be run when the right icon clicked. Output of command will be set as entry text.
--num-output
Output index of active element instead of text for combo-box entry.

Any extra data specified in command line adds as an items of combo-box entry, except of numeric mode.

If icon specified and icon action is not given, click on icon just clear the entry. Numeric fields will ignore the icons.

Iconbox options

--read-dir=PATH
Read .desktop files from specified directory.
--monitor
Watch for changes in directory and automatically update content of iconbox.
--generic
Use field GenericName instead of Name for shortcut label.
--sort-by-name
Use field Name instead of filename for sorting items.
--descend
Sort items in descending order. If data reads from stdin this option is useless without --sort-by-name.
--listen
Read data from stdin. Data must be in order - Name, Tooltip, Icon, Command, InTerm separated by newline. InTerm is a case insensitive boolean constant (TRUE or FALSE).
--item-width
Set items width.
--compact
Use compact mode. Icon and name of each item is placed in a single row.
--single-click
Activate items by single mouse click. This option may not works properly in case of compact mode.
--term
Pattern for terminal. By default use `xterm -e %s' where %s replaced by the command.

If both directory and stdin specified, content of iconbox will be read from directory.

File selection options

--filename=FILENAME
Set the filename.
--multiple
Allow selection of multiple filenames in file selection dialog.
--directory
Activate directory-only selection.
--save
Activate save mode.
--separator=STRING
Specify separator character when returning multiple filenames.
--confirm-overwrite[=TEXT]
Confirm file selection if filename already exists. Optional argument is a text for confirmation dialog.
--quoted-output
Output values will be shell-style quoted.

Font selection options

--fontname=FONTNAME
Set the initial font. FONTNAME is a string with font representation in the form "[FAMILY-LIST] [STYLE-OPTIONS] [SIZE]".
--preview
Set the preview text.
--separate-output
Separate output of selected font description.
--separator=STRING
Set output separator character. Default is `|'.
--quoted-output
Output data will be in shell-style quotes.

Form options

--field=LABEL[:TYPE]

Add field to form. Type may be H, RO, NUM, CHK, CB, CBE, CE, FL, SFL, DIR, CDIR, FN, MFL, MDIR, DT, SCL, CLR, BTN, FBTN, LBL or TXT.
H - hidden field type. All characters are displayed as the invisible char.
RO - field is in read-only mode.
NUM - field is a numeric. Initial value format for this field is VALUE[!RANGE[!STEP![PREC]]], where RANGE must be in form MIN..MAX. `!' is a default item separator. PREC is a precision for decimals.
CHK - checkbox field. Initial value is a case insensitive boolean constant (TRUE or FALSE).
CB - combo-box field. Initial value is a list VAL1!VAL2!.... The separator is the same as in NUM field. Value started with `^' threats as default for combo-box.
CBE - editable combo-box field. Initial value same as for combo-box.
CE - entry with completion. Initial value same as for combo-box.
FL - file selection button.
SFL - field for create file.
DIR - directory selection button.
CDIR - field for create folder.
FN - font selection button. Initial value same as in font dialog.
MFL - select multiple files. Value of this field is a list of files separated by item-separator.
MDIR - select multiple folders. Value of this field is a list of folders separated by item-separator.
DT - date field.
SCL - scale field. Value of this field in a range 0..100.
CLR - color selection button. Output values for this field generates in the same manner as for color dialog.
BTN - button field. Label may be in form text in a form LABEL[!ICON[!TOOLTIP]] where `!' is an item separator. LABEL is a text of button label or gtk stock id. ICON is a buttons icon (stock id or file name). TOOLTIP is an optional text for popup help string. Initial value is a command which is running when button is clicked. A special sympols %N in command are replaced by value of field N. If command starts with @, the output of command will be parsed and lines started with number and colon will be treats as a new field values. A quoting style for value when sh -c is used - a single quotes aroung command and double quotes aroung -c argument
FBTN - same as button field, but with full relief of a button.
LBL - text label. If field name is empty, horizontal separator line will be shown.
TXT - multiline text entry. This field is always occupy all of form width.

Without type field will be a simple text entry.

--align=TYPE
Set alignment of field labels. Possible types are left, center or right. Default is left.
--columns=NUMBER
Set number of columns in form. Fields will be placed from top to bottom.
--separator=STRING
Set output separator character. Default is `|'.
--focus-field=NUMBER
Set focused field.
--cycle-read
Cycled reading of stdin data. Sending FormFeed character clears the form. This symbol may be sent as echo -e '\f'.
--item-separator=STRING
Set separator character for combo-box or scale values. Default is `!'.
--date-format=PATTERN
Set the format for the date fields (same as in calendar dialog).
--float-precision=NUMBER
Set precision of floating point numbers. By default precision is three digits after point.
--complete=TYPE
Use specific type for extended completion. TYPE can be any for match any of typed words, all for match all of typed words or regex when typed text treats as regular expression.
--scroll
Make form scrollable.
--quoted-output
Output values will be in shell-style quotes.
--output-by-row
Output field values row by row if several columns is specified.
--num-output
Output index of active element instead of text for combo-box fields.

Additional data in command line interprets as a default values for form fields. A special value @disabled@ makes corresponding field inactive. If no extra arguments specified in a command line, data will be readed from stdin, one value per line. Cycled reading means that for N fields N+1 value will replace the first field. Empty values are skipped when reading from stdin.

HTML options

--uri=URI
Open specified location. URI can be a filename or internet address. If URI is not an existing file and protocol is not specified a prefix http:// will be added to URI.
--browser
Turn on browser mode. In this mode all clicked links will be opened in html widget and command Open will be added to context menu.
--print-uri
Print clicked links to standard output. By default clicked links opens with xdg-open.
--mime=MIME
Set mime type of data passed to standard input to MIME. Default is text/html.
--encodintg=ENCODING
Set encoding of data passed to standard input to ENCODING. Default is UTF-8.

List options

--column=STRING[:TYPE]

Set the column header. Types are TEXT, NUM, SZ, FLT, CHK, RD, BAR, IMG, HD or TIP. TEXT type is default. Use NUM for integers and FLT for double values. TIP is used for define tooltip column. SZ size column type. Works exactly like NUM column but shows human readable sizes instead of numbers. CHK (checkboxes) and RD (radio toggle) are a boolean columns. BAR is a progress bar column. Vaule must be between 0 and 100. If value is outside is range it will be croped to neares legal value. HD type means a hidden column. Such columns are not displayes in the list, only in output. IMG may be path to image or icon name from currnet GTK+ icon theme. Size of icons may be set in gtk config file at GTK_ICON_SIZE_MENU position of gtk-icon-sizes. Image field prints as empty value.

Special column names @fore@, @back@ and @font@ sets corresponding rows attributes. Values of those columns don't show in results.

--checklist
Use check boxes for first column.
--radiolist
Use radio toggle for first column.
--separator=STRING
Set output separator characters.
--multiple
Allow multiple rows to be selected.
--editable
Allow changes to text.
--editable-cols=LIST
Set the list of editable columns. LIST must be a string of numbers separated by comma.
--no-headers
Do not show column headers.
--no-click
Disable sorting of column content by clicking on its header.
--no-rules-hint
Don't draw even and odd rows by a different colors. This option depends on your current gtk theme and may not work.
--grid-lines=TYPE
Draw grid lines of type TYPE in list dialog. TYPE can be one of the hor[izontal], vert[ical] of both.
--no-selection
Disable selection in list.
--print-all
Print all data from the list.
--print-column=NUMBER
Specify what column will be printed to standard output. 0 may be used to print all columns (this is default).
--hide-column=NUMBER
Hide a specific column.
--expand-column=NUMBER
Set the column expandable by default. 0 sets all columns expandable.
--search-column=NUMBER
Set the quick search column. 0 mean to disable searching. By default search mades on first column.
--tooltip-column=NUMBER
Set the column with popup tooltips.
--sep-column=NUMBER
Set the row separator column. If the cell value from this column equal to specified row separator value such row will be draw as separator. Separator value must be set.
--sep-value=TEXT
Set the TEXT as a row separator value. This feature highly depends on your current GTK+ theme and may not work properly.
--limit=NUMBER
Set the number of rows in list dialog. Will be shown only the last NUMBER rows. This option will take effect only when data reading from stdin.
--wrap-width=NUMBER
Set the width of column before wrapping to NUMBER.
--wrap-cols=LIST
Set the list of wrapped columns. LIST must be a string of numbers separated by comma.
--ellipsize=TYPE
Set ellipsize mode for text columns. TYPE may be NONE, START, MIDDLE or END.
--ellipsize-cols=LIST
Set the list of ellipsized columns. LIST must be a string of numbers separated by comma.
--dclick-action=CMD
Set the CMD as a double-click command. When user double-clicked on row, CMD will be launched with values of all columns as an arguments. By default double-click selects row and act as OK button for simple lists, set the checkbox if --checklist specified and do nothing when list run with --multiple option. When double-click specified Enter acts as a double-click and Ctrl+Enter acts as an OK button. CMD may contain a special character `%s' for setting a position for arguments. By default arguments will be concatenated to the end of CMD. If CMD starts with @, its output will replace values of current row. This option doesn't work with --editable.
--select-action=CMD
Set the CMD as a action when selection is changed. CMD will be launched with values of all columns as an arguments. CMD may contain a special character `%s' for setting a position for arguments. By default arguments will be concatenated to the end of CMD. This option doesn't work with --multiple.
--regex-search
Use regular expressions in search for text fields.
--listen
Listen data from stdin even if command-line values was specified.
--quoted-output
Output values will be shell-style quoted.
--float-precision=NUMBER
Set precision of floating point numbers. By default precision is three digits after point.

Sending FormFeed character to list clears it. This symbol may be sent as echo -e '\f'.

Multi progress bars dialog options

--bar=LABEL[:TYPE]
Add progress bar. LABEL is a text label for progress bar. TYPE is a progress bar type. Types are: NORM for normal progress bar, RTL for inverted progress bar and PULSE for pulsate progress bar.
--vertical
Set vertical orientation of progress bars.
--align=TYPE
Set alignment of bar labels. Possible types are left, center or right. Default is left.
--auto-close
Close dialog when 100% has been reached for all of non-pulsating progress bars.
--watch-barNUMBER
Watch for 100% of bar NUMBER for close dialog.
--auto-kill
Kill parent process if cancel button is pressed.

Initial values for bars set as an extra arguments. Each lines with progress data passed to stdin must be started from N: where N is a number of progress bar.

Notebook options

--key=KEY
Set the key of the children.
--tab=TEXT
Add tab with specified label to notebook. TEXT may be in a form LABEL[!ICON[!TOOLTIP]] where `!' is an item separator.
--tab-pos=TYPE
Set the tabs position. Value may be top, bottom, left, or right. Default is top.
--tab-borders=NUMBER
Set the borders width around widget in tabs.

See NOTEBOOK and PANED section for more about notebook dialog.

Notification options

--command=CMD
Set the command running when clicked on the icon. Default action is quit if --listen not specified.
--listen
Listen for commands on stdin. See Notification section.
--separator=STRING
Set separator character for menu values. Default is |.
--item-separator=STRING
Set separator character for menu items. Default is !.
--menu=STRING
Set initial menu for right-click.
--no-middle
Disable exit on middle click.
--hidden
Doesn't show icon at startup.

See Notification section for more about separators.

Paned options

--key=KEY
Set the key of the children.
--orient=TYPE
Set orientation of panes inside dialog. TYPE may be in hor[izontal] or vert[ical].
--splitter=POS
Set the initial splitter position.

See NOTEBOOK and PANED section for more about paned dialog.

Picture options

--size=VALUE
Set initial size of picture. Available values are fit for fitting image in window or orig for show picture in original size.
--inc=NUMBER
Set increment value for scaling image.
--filename=FILENAME
Set picture filename.

Some actions on a picture like scaling or rotating available from popup menu. Those actions can be made only on static images.

Print options

--type=TYPE
Set source file type. TYPE may be a TEXT for text files, IMAGE for image files or RAW for files in postscript or pdf formats.
--filename=FILENAME
Set name or path to the source file.
--headers
Add headers to the top of page with filename and page number. This option doesn't work for RAW type.
--add-preview
Add Preview button to the print dialog. This option doesn't work for RAW type.
--fontname=FONTNAME
Set the font for printing text. FONTNAME is a string with font representation in the form "[FAMILY-LIST] [STYLE-OPTIONS] [SIZE]". This option works only for TEXT type.

Progress options

When the --progress option is used, yad reads lines of progress data from stdin. When the lines begin with # the text after # is displayed in the progress bar label. Numeric values treats like a persents for progress bar.

--progress-text=TEXT
Set text in progress bar to TEXT.
--percentage=NUMBER
Set initial percentage.
--rtl
Set Right-To-Left progress bar direction.
--auto-close
Close dialog when 100% has been reached.
--auto-kill
Kill parent process if cancel button is pressed.
--pulsate
Pulsate progress bar.
--enable-log[=TEXT]
Show log window. This window gathers all of lines from stdin, started from # instead of setting appropriate progress labels. Optional argument TEXT is a text label for window expander.
--log-on-top
Place log window above progress bar.
--log-expanded
Start with expanded log window.
--log-height
Set the height of log window.

Multiprogress options

--bar=LABEL[:TYPE]
Add the progress bar with type TYPE. TYPE can be one of the norm for average progress bar, rtl for progress bar with inverted direction, pulse for pulsating progress bar (m,oves on receiving data) or perm for permanent pulsatin progress bar. prem progress bar understant two commands - start for start movement and stop for stop it.
--watch-bar=NUMBER
Watch for specific bar for auto closing.
--align=TYPE
Set alignment of bar labels. TYPE can be left, center or right.
--auto-close
Dismiss the dialog when 100% of all bars (or only watching bar) has been reached.
--auto-kill
Kill parent process if cancel button was pressed.

Text info options

--filename=FILENAME
Open specified file.
--editable
Allow changes to text.
--fore=COLOR
Set foreground color of text.
--back=COLOR
Set background color of text.
--fontname=FONTNAME
Set text font. FONTNAME must be in a Pango font description format. By default Monospace is used.
--wrap
Enable text wrapping.
--justify=TYPE
Set justification. TYPE may be left, right, center or fill. Default is left.
--margins=NUMBER
Set text margins to NUMBER.
--tail
Autoscroll to end when new text appears. Works only when text is read from stdin.
--show-cursor
Show cursor in read-only mode.
--show-uri
Make links in text clickable. Links opens with xdg-open command.
--uri-color
Set color for links. Default is blue.
--lang=LANGUAGE
Highlight syntax for specified LANGUAGE. This option works only if yad builds with gtksourceview.
--listen

Listen data from stdin even if filename was specified.

Sending FormFeed character to text dialog clears it. This symbol may be sent as echo -e '\f'. Pressing Ctrl+S popups the search entry in text dialog.

Scale options

--value=VALUE
Set initial value.
--min-value=VALUE
Set minimum value.
--max-value=VALUE
Set maximum value.
--step=VALUE
Set step size.
--page=VALUE
Set paging size. By default page value is STEP*10.
--print-partial
Print partial values.
--hide-value
Hide value.
--vertical
Show vertical scale.
--invert
Invert scale direction.
--mark=[NAME]:VALUE
Add a mark to scale. May be used multiply times. NAME is an optional arguments for set label to mark.

File filters options

--file-filter=NAME | PATTERN1 PATTERN2 ...
Add a filename filter. NAME is a displayed filter name, PATTERN is a shell-style filename pattern (for example *.txt). This option may be used multiply times.
--mime-filter=NAME | MIME1 MIME2 ...
Add a mime-type filter. NAME is a displayed filter name, PATTERN is a name of mime type (for example text/plain). This option may be used multiply times.
--image-filter=[NAME]
Add filter for images supported by gdk-pixbuf library. NAME in as optional name for this filter.
--add-preview

Add preview widget. Preview images loads from large or normal thumbnails according to XDG Thumbnails specification v0.8.0 (http://standards.freedesktop.org/thumbn…) or creates by yad for image files and saves as large thumbnails.

This options applies to all of yad's file chooser dialogs.

Miscellaneous options

-?, --help
Show summary of options.
--about
Display an about dialog.
--version
Show version of program.

Also the standard GTK+ options are accepted.

NOTEBOOK and PANED

Notebook is a complex dialog which swallow other dialogs in his tabs. Dialogs identifies by unique key (integer) and must be runs in a special plug mode (--plug option). Following example runs notebook dialog with two tabs, first has a simple text and second is an entry dialog.

#! /bin/sh

yad --plug=12345 --tabnum=1 --text="first tab with text" &> res1 &
yad --plug=12345 --tabnum=2 --text="second tab" --entry &> res2 &
yad --notebook --key=12345 --tab="Tab 1" --tab="Tab 2"

NOTE: The order of output results for tabs is undefined!

Paned works in a same manner as a notebook with one restriction - only first and secong plug dialogs will be swallowed to panes.

Notification

Allows commands to be sent to yad in the form command:args. Possible commands are icon, tooltip, visible, action, menu and quit.

icon:ICONNAME
Set notification icon to ICONNAME.
tooltip:STRING
Set notification tooltip.
visible:[true|false|blink]
Set notification icon to visible, invisible or blinking states.
action:COMMAND
Specify the command running when click on the icon. Special string "quit" exit the program.
menu:STRING
Set popup menu for notification icon. STRING must be in form name1[!action1[!icon1]]|name2[!action2[!icon2]].... Empty name add separator to menu. Separator character for values (e.g. `|') sets with --separator argument. Separator character for menu items (e.g. `!') sets with --item-separator argument.
quit
Exit the program. Middle click on icon also send quit command.

Environment Variables

YAD_OPTIONS
This variable can holds some default options for yad. All options in this variable may be redefined from command line.
YAD_PID
This variable sets to the value of current dialog's pid and accessible in all dialog children.
YAD_XID
This variable sets to the value of current dialog's X Window ID and accessible in all dialog children. This variable is not set in print and notification dialogs, and in a dialogs which acts as a notebook children.

User Defined Signals

SIGUSR1
Close dialog with 0 exit code.
SIGUSR2
Close dialog with 1 exit code.

Exit Status

0
The user has pressed OK button
1
The user has pressed Cancel button
70
The dialog has been closed because the timeout has been reached.
252
The dialog has been closed by pressing Esc or used the window functions to close the dialog

Exit codes for user-specified buttons must be specified in command line. Even exit code mean to print result, odd just return exit code.

Widgets Names

The look and feel of yad's dialogs can be customized through gtkrc file. Here is the names of yad's widgets:
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Widget nameWidget typeDescription
yad-dialog-windowGtkDialogDialog window
yad-dialog-imageGtkImageDialog image
yad-dialog-labelGtkLabelDialog text
yad-calendar-widgetGtkCalendarCalendar widget
yad-color-widgetGtkColorChooserColor selection widget
yad-color-paletteGtkTreeViewPredefined colors list
yad-entry-labelGtkLabelEntry label
yad-entry-widgetGtkEntryEntry widget
yad-entry-spinGtkSpinButtonEntry widget for numeric values
yad-entry-comboGtkComboBoxEntry widget with combo
yad-entry-edit-comboGtkComboBoxEntryEntry widget with editable combo
yad-file-widgetGtkFileChooserFile selection widget
yad-font-widgetGtkFontChooserFont selection widget
yad-form-flabelGtkLabelField label in form
yad-form-buttonGtkButtonButton field in form
yad-form-entryGtkEntrfyEntry field in form
yad-form-spinGtkSpinButtonNumeric entry field in form
yad-form-checkGtkCheckButtonCheckbox field in form
yad-form-comboGtkComboBoxCombo field in form
yad-form-edit-comboGtkComboBoxEntryEditable combo field in form
yad-form-fileGtkFileChooserButtonFile or directory field in form
yad-form-fontGtkFontChooserButtonFont field in form
yad-form-colorGtkColorChooserButtonColor field in form
yad-form-labelGtkLabelLabel field in form
yad-form-scaleGtkScaleScale widget in form
yad-form-separatorGtkSeparatorSeparator in form
yad-form-textGtkTextViewMultiline text field in form
yad-icons-fullGtkIconViewIcons widget for normal mode
yad-icons-compactGtkTreeViewIcons widget for compact mode
yad-list-widgetGtkTreeViewList widget
yad-progress-widgetGtkProgressBarProgressbar widget
yad-scale-widgetGtkScaleScale widget
yad-text-widgetGtkTextViewText info widget
yad-timeout-indicatorGtkProgreeBarTimeout indicator

Files

yad.conf
YAD default settings. yad.conf placed in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME or $HOME/.config directory. This file contain comments on every defaults and will be automatically recreated on yad'd start if it doesn't exists.

Examples

Display a file selector with the title Select a file to remove. The file selected is returned on standard output.

yad --title="Select a file to remove" --file-selection

Display a text entry dialog with the title Select Host and the text Select the host you would like to flood-ping. The entered text is returned on standard output.

yad --title "Select Host" --entry --text "Select the host you would like to flood-ping"

Display a dialog, asking Microsoft Windows has been found! Would you like to remove it?. The return code will be 0 (true in shell) if YES is selected, and 1 (false) if NO is selected.

yad --image "dialog-question" --title "Alert" --button=gtk-yes:0 --button=gtk-no:1 --text "Microsoft Windows has been found! Would you like to remove it?"

Show the search results in a list dialog with the title Search Results and the text Finding all header files....

find . -name '*.h' | yad --list --title "Search Results" --text "Finding all header files.." --column "Files"

Show an icon in the notification area

yad --notification --image=update.png --text "System update necessary!" --command "xterm -e apt-get upgrade"

Display a weekly shopping list in a check list dialog with Apples and Oranges pre selected

yad --list --checklist --column "Buy" --column "Item" TRUE Apples TRUE Oranges FALSE Pears FALSE Toothpaste

Display a progress dialog while searching for all the postscript files in your home directory

find $HOME -name '*.ps' | yad --progress --pulsate

Display a box with all of the installed desktop applications

yad --icons --read-dir=/usr/share/applications

Development

There are some developers features providing with YAD.

YAD icon browser is a graphical tool for discover icons in current or user-specified GTK+ icon theme. Launch it as
yad-icon-browser [theme]

When using autoconf you may use special m4 macro AM_PATH_YAD for looking for yad and check it version. Usage of this macro is

AM_PATH_YAD([MINIMUM-VERSION],\ [ACTION-IF-FOUND],\ [ACTION-IF-NOT-FOUND])

Authors

Yad was written by Victor Ananjevsky <ananasik@gmail.com>. Yad icon created by Bogdan Lisovich.

See Also

gdialog(1), dialog(1), zenity(1)

Info

May 22, 2016