FBRUN(1) Fluxbox Manual FBRUN(1)

fbrun - display run dialog window

fbrun [options]

fbrun(1) is basically equivalent to the “Run...” dialog in other desktop environments. This means that it is an easy way to start a program that isn’t contained in the menu (or needs a special set of parameters for this particular invocation).

Pressing “Enter” will close the window and execute the command in your present $SHELL. Pressing “Esc” will close the window and does not execute anything.

Another way fbrun can be useful is to be called from the menu with a preloaded command line that you can edit and then execute. An example might be sshing to a very long host name with lots of options of which one changes all the time. In this case, you could add an entry for fbrun to your menu that contains all the options and the host name. When you use said entry, you could edit the line as necessary and execute it.

-title title
Set title

-text text

Text input

-w width

Window width in pixels

-h height

Window height in pixels

-display display

Display name, defaults to $DISPLAY

-pos x y

Window position in pixels


Position the window under the mouse cursor


Position the window on the screen center

-fg color

Foreground text color. The default is black

-bg color

Background color. The default is white

-font name

Text font name

-hf filename

History file to load. The default is ~/.fluxbox/fbrun_history.

-cf filename

Completion data to load. The default is empty. If no data can be loaded, completion defaults to executables in $PATH


Select the preset text given by the -text parameter


Complete on typing. You can also set the FBRUN_AUTOCOMPLETE environment (to any value)


Show this help

fbrun -fg black -bg white -text xterm -title "run xterm"

This manpage was originally written by Bastian Kleineidam <calvin at debian.org> for the Debian distribution of fluxbox (but may be used by others).

It was then converted to asciidoc format by Jim Ramsay <i.am at jimramsay.com> for fluxbox-1.1.2


Jim Ramsay <i.am@jimramsay.com>
08 February 2015 fbrun.txt