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yad - display GTK+ dialogs from shell scripts or command-line

yad [OPTIONS]

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.

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

--about
Display about dialog.
--app
Display application selection dialog.
--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.

--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.
--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 users CSS styles.
--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.
--print-xid=[FILENAME]
Output X Window ID of a yad's window to the specified file or stderr.
--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-width=NUMBER
Set the maximum dialog text width in characters.
--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.
--icon-theme=THEME
Use specified GTK icon theme instead of default.
--keep-icon-size
Don't scale icons. This option affects icons outside icon theme.
--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 multiple times. ID is an exit code or a command. BUTTON may be a yad stock item name for predefined buttons (like yad-close or yad-ok) or text in a form LABEL[!ICON[!TOOLTIP]] where `!' is an item separator. Full list of stock items may be found in section STOCK ITEMS. If no buttons specified OK and Cancel buttons used. See EXIT STATUS section for more. If ID have a non-numeric value it treats as 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.
--escape-ok
Escape acts like pressing OK button.
--always-print-result
Print result for any of the return codes. This option doesn't work if timeout was reached or Escape was pressed.
--use-interp=[INTERP]
All commands runs unter specified interpreter. Default is bash -c "%s". This option can reduse quoting in commands. If %s is specified, it will be replaced by the command. Otherwise command will be appended to the end of command line.
--uri-handler=CMD
Use CMD as uri handler. By default yad uses open-command parameter from settings. URI replace %s in command string or adds as a last part of command line.
--f1-action=CMD
Set the command running when F1 was pressed.
--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 multiple times.
--rest=FILENAME
Read extra arguments from given file instead of command line. Each line of a file treats as a single argument.
--response=NUMBER
Set default exit code to NUMBER instead of 0.
--css=STRING
Read and parse additional GTK+ CSS styles from given data. If STRING is filename, the content of file is loaded. If not STRING treats like CSS data.
--gtkrc=FILENAME
Read and parse additional GTK+ CSS styles from given file. This option is deprecated. Use --css instead.
--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. Use yad-tools(1) to get list of all possible languages.
--bool-fmt=TYPE
Set the output type of boolean values to TYPE. Possible types are T, t, Y, y, O, o and 1.
T and t - for true/false pair in appropriate case.
Y and y - for yes/no pair in appropriate case.
O and o - for on/off pair in appropriate case.
1 - for 1/0 pair.

--pname=STRING
Set programm name.
--image=IMAGE
Set programm icon name.
--pversion=STRING
Set programm version string.
--copyright=STRING
Set programm copyrightstring.
--comments=STRING
Set programm detailed description.
--license=STRING
Set programm license. The value of this option can be one of predefined licenses (GPL2, GPL3, LGPL2, LGPL3, BSD, MIT or ARTISTIC,), file name with license text or arbitrary string.
--authors=STRING
Set list of programm authors separated by comma.
--website=URI
Set a link to programm website.
--website-label=LABEL
Set a label for programm website link.

--enable-fallback
Show fallback applications.
--enable-other
Show other applications.
--enable-all
Show all available applications.
--extened
Shown extended information about choosen application. By default only executable is shown. In extended form the output fields are name, display name, description, icon and executable.

Additional argument for application dialog is a mime-type. If mime-type is not specified text/plain will be used.

--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.
--show-weeks
Show the week numbers at the left side of calendar.
--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.

--init-color=COLOR
Set initial color value.
--gtk-palette
Show system palette inside color dialog. For GTK+3 builds this option shows palette instead of color editor.
--alpha
Add opacity to output color string.
--palette=[FILENAME]
Show palette and set predefined colors from given filename. By default yad use file /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.

--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 argument or replace %s modifier in a command. By default data just prints to stdout.
--exit-on-drop=NUMBER
Exit after NUMBER of drops was reached. 0 means infinite number of drops, this is the default.

--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.

--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). Sending FormFeed character clears iconbox.
--item-width
Set items width.
--icon-size
Force using specified icon size. This option doesn't work in compact mode.
--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.

--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.

--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.

--field=LABEL[!TOOLTIP][:TYPE]
Add field to form. Type may be H, RO, NUM, CHK, CB, CBE, CE, FL, SFL, DIR, CDIR, FN, MFL, MDIR, DT, SCL, APP, 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.
APP - application selection button. Input value for this field is mime-type. Output value - executable for selected application.
ICON - icon field. Like average entry field but has two icons. Left shows current icon and right is clickable and calls yad-con-browser for choosing icon.
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 yad 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 around command and double quotes around -c argument
FBTN - same as button field, but with full relief of a button.
LINK - link button field.
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'.
--align-buttons
Align label on button fields according to --align settings.
--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.
--changed-action=CMD
Run CMD when CHK or CB field values are changed. Command runs with two arguments - number of changed field and its current value. Output of a command parsing in a same manner as in BTN fields with @ prefix. Attention - this option may slow down your dialog.
--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.

--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.
--uri-handler=CMD
Set external handler for clicked uri. %s will be replaced by activated uri. Return code of the CMD must be 0 for keep working, 1 for ignoring uri and 2 for downloading uri. This option works only in browser mode. There are two environment variables available in handler - YAD_HTML_BUTTON with value of pressed mouse button and YAD_HTML_STATE with value of bitmask with the the state of the modifier keys.
--user-agent=STRING
Set user agent string. Default is YAD-Webkit (@VERSION@)
--user-style=URI
Set path or uri to custom user styles. Path to local file can be an absolute file name or uri with file:// prefix.
--disable-search
Disable search bar.
--wk-prop=PROP
Set additional WebKit setting. This option may be used multiply times. Setting PROP must be in a form "setting-name value". First character of value must be a type identifier b for booleans, i for integers and s for strings. The values itself following by a colon. List of possible settings can be found on this page - https://webkitgtk.org/reference/webkit2gtk/stable/WebKitSettings.html

When dialog works in browser mode additional data in command line interprets as URI.

--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. Value 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. Images specified by icon names will be scaled to GTK_ICON_SIZE_MENU until --force-icon-size option is not sets. 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.

Column title can be specified in form name!tooltip and Pango markup can be used in name and tooltip parts.

--tree
Enbale tree mode. In this mode extra data in form ROW_ID[:PARENT_ID] must be passed to yad before each row. See EXAMPLES for details.
--checklist
Use check boxes for the first column. Output checked rows instead of selected rows. Disable multiple selection.
--radiolist
Same as --checklist but with a radio toggle for the 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.
--row-action=CMD
Set the CMD as a action when the row is added, modified or removed. First argument for the command is the name of action (add, edit or del). The rest of command line is data from selected row. Output of this command sets the new row values.
--tree-expanded
Expand all tree nodes at startup.
--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.
--add-on-top
Add new records at the top of the list.
--tail
Autoscroll to the end of the list when a new row will be added.
--iec-format
Use IEC (base 1024) units with for size values. With this option values will have suffixes KiB, MiB, GiB.
--simple-tips
Don't use markup in tooltips even if text has a valid markup.
--header-tips
Use header name as a fallback tooltip text.

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

--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. For stack mode TEXT for label uses as is.
--tab-pos=TYPE
Set the tabs position. Value may be top, bottom, left, or right. Default is top. For stack mode only top or bottom positions available.
--tab-borders=NUMBER
Set the borders width around widget in tabs.
--active-tab=NUMBER
Set active tab.
--expand
Expand all tabs to full width of a dialog window.
--stack
Use stack mode (GtkStack instead of GtkNotebook).

See NOTEBOOK and PANED section for more about notebook dialog.

--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.
--icon-size=SIZE
Set notification icon size to SIZE. This option doesn't works for themed icons.

See NOTIFICATION section for more about separators.

--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.
--focused=PANE
Set pane for initial focus. PANE must be 1 or 2. Default is 1.

See NOTEBOOK and PANED section for more about paned dialog.

--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.

--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.

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.
--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. If no bars specified, the progress dialog works in single-bar mode.
--vertical
Set vertical orientation of progress bars.
--align=TYPE
Set alignment of bar labels. Possible types are left, center or right. Default is left.
--progress-text=TEXT
Set the label of progress bar to TEXT. This option works only in single-bar mode.
--hide-text
Hide text in progress bars.
--rtl
Set Right-To-Left progress bar direction. This option works only in single-bar mode.
--auto-close
Close dialog when 100% has been reached.
--auto-kill
Kill parent process if cancel button is pressed.
--pulsate
Pulsate progress bar. This option works only in single-bar mode.
--enable-log[=TEXT]
Show log window. This window gathers all of lines from stdin, started from # instead of setting appropriate progress text. Optional argument TEXT is a text label for window expander.
--log-on-top
Place log window above progress bars.
--log-expanded
Start with expanded log window.
--log-height
Set the height of log window.

Initial values for bars sets 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. In a single-bar mode N: is not needed.

--filename=FILENAME
Open specified file.
--editable
Allow changes to text.
--wrap
Enable text wrapping.
--formatted
Enable Pango markup. This option doesn't work with --editable option.
--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.
--fore=COLOR
Set default color for text.
--back=COLOR
Set default color for background.
--uri-color=COLOR
Set color for links. Default is blue.
--listen
Listen data from stdin even if filename was specified.
--in-place
Save file on exit instead of print it content on stdout. This option works only if file was specified from command-line.
--file-op
Enable file operations. This option adds open and save menu items to popup menu, This option works only in editable mode.
--disable-search
Disable search bar.
--confirm-save=[TEXT]
Confirm file saving if file content was changed. This option works only when --in-place is specified. Optional argument is a text for confirmation dialog.
Next options works only if yad builds with GtkSourceView.
--lang=LANGUAGE
Highlight syntax for specified LANGUAGE.
--theme=THEME
Set used theme to THEME. Use yad-tools(1) to get list of all available themes.
--line-num
Show line numbers.
--line-hl
Highlight current line.
--line-marks
Enable line marks mode. There are two types of marks. First type sets by left mouse button and second by the right mouse button.
--mark1-color=COLOR
Set background color for marks of first type to COLOR. Default is lightgreen.
--mark2-color=COLOR
Set background color for marks of second type to COLOR. Default is pink.
--right-margin=[POS]
Enable mark of right margin. Optional argument POS is a margin position in characters. Default is 80.
--brackets
Highlight matching brackets.
--indent
Enable autoindent. This option also sets TAB key as indent key.
--smart-he=TYPE
Set behavior of HOME and END keys. The TYPE is one of newer, before, after or always.
--smart-bs
Enable smart mode for BackSpace. If this option is enabled BackSpace will delete spaces to the next tab position.
--tab-width
Set tabulation step.
--indent-width
Set indentation step.
--spaces
Insert spaces instead of tabulation.

If fontname option is specified for text dialog, the description of font must be in CSS style (not in a Pango style). 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.

--value=VALUE
Set initial value.
--min-value=VALUE
Set minimum value.
--max-value=VALUE
Set maximum value.
--step=VALUE
Set step size.
--enforce-step
Only allow values in step increments.
--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.
--inc-buttons
Show buttons on edges of a scale for increasing or decreasing scale value.
--mark=[NAME]:VALUE
Add a mark to scale. May be used multiple times. NAME is an optional arguments for set label to mark.

--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 multiple 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 multiple times.
--image-filter=[NAME]
Add filter for images supported by gdk-pixbuf library. NAME in as optional name for this filter.
This options applies to all of yad's file chooser dialogs.

--add-preview
Add preview widget. Preview images loads from normal (default) or large thumbnails according to XDG Thumbnails specification v0.8.0 (http://standards.freedesktop.org/thumbnail-spec/latest/) or creates by yad for image files and saves as normal or large thumbnails.
--large-preview
Use large previews by default. This option can be permanently turned on through yad settings.
This options applies to all of yad's file chooser dialogs.
NOTE: YAD doesn't check mtime for thumbnailed images and doesn't updates preview if origial file was changed after thumbnail was created.

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

Also the standard GTK+ options are accepted.

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.

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. There are two special commands - menu for popup user defined menu and quit for 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.

This is a list of predefined items available in yad.
ID Label text Icon name
yad-about About help-about
yad-add Add list-add
yad-apply Apply gtk-apply
yad-cancel Cancel gtk-cancel
yad-clear Clear document-clear
yad-close Close window-close
yad-edit Edit gtk-edit
yad-execute Execute system-run
yad-no No gtk-no
yad-ok OK gtk-ok
yad-open Open document-open
yad-print Print document-print
yad-quit Quit application-exit
yad-refresh Refresh view-refresh
yad-remove Remove list-remove
yad-save Save document-save
yad-search Search system-search
yad-settings Settings gtk-preferences
yad-yes Yes gtk-yes

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 or paned children.

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

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.

The look and feel of yad's dialogs can be customized through gtkrc file. Here is the names of yad's widgets:
Widget name Widget type Description
yad-dialog-window GtkDialog Dialog window
yad-dialog-image GtkImage Dialog image
yad-dialog-label GtkLabel Dialog text
yad-app-widget GtkAppChooserWidget Application selection widget
yad-calendar-widget GtkCalendar Calendar widget
yad-color-widget GtkColorChooser Color selection widget
yad-color-palette GtkTreeView Predefined colors list
yad-entry-label GtkLabel Entry label
yad-entry-widget GtkEntry Entry widget
yad-entry-spin GtkSpinButton Entry widget for numeric values
yad-entry-combo GtkComboBox Entry widget with combo
yad-entry-edit-combo GtkComboBoxEntry Entry widget with editable combo
yad-file-widget GtkFileChooser File selection widget
yad-font-widget GtkFontChooser Font selection widget
yad-form-flabel GtkLabel Field label in form
yad-form-button GtkButton Button field in form
yad-form-entry GtkEntrfy Entry field in form
yad-form-spin GtkSpinButton Numeric entry field in form
yad-form-check GtkCheckButton Checkbox field in form
yad-form-combo GtkComboBox Combo field in form
yad-form-edit-combo GtkComboBoxEntry Editable combo field in form
yad-form-link GtkLinkButton Link field in form
yad-form-file GtkFileChooserButton File or directory field in form
yad-form-font GtkFontChooserButton Font field in form
yad-form-app GtkAppChooserButton Application field in form
yad-form-color GtkColorChooserButton Color field in form
yad-form-label GtkLabel Label field in form
yad-form-scale GtkScale Scale widget in form
yad-form-separator GtkSeparator Separator in form
yad-form-text GtkTextView Multiline text field in form
yad-icons-full GtkIconView Icons widget for normal mode
yad-icons-compact GtkTreeView Icons widget for compact mode
yad-list-widget GtkTreeView List widget
yad-notebook-widget GtkNotebook Notebook widget
yad-paned-widget GtkPaned Horizontal or vertical pane widget
yad-progress-widget GtkProgressBar Progressbar widget
yad-scale-widget GtkScale Scale widget
yad-stack-widget GtkStack Stack widget
yad-stack-switcher-widget GtkStackSwitcher Stack switcher widget
yad-text-widget GtkTextView Text info widget
yad-timeout-indicator GtkProgreeBar Timeout indicator

YAD keeps settings in gsettings database. Use gsettings list-keys yad.settings to get list of available settings. Settings values can be obtained by gsettings get yad.settings <key> and changed by gsettings set yad.settings <key> <new-value>

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

Display list in tree mode

yad --list --tree --column "Items" f Fruits 1:f Apple 2:f Lemon v Vegetables 3:v Popato 4:v Onion

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])

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

gdialog(1), dialog(1), zenity(1), yad-tools(1)
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