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zathurarc - zathura configuration file

/etc/zathurarc, $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/zathura/zathurarc

The zathurarc file is a simple plain text file that can be populated with various commands to change the behaviour and the look of zathura which we are going to describe in the following subsections. Each line (besides empty lines and comments (which start with a prepended #) is evaluated on its own, so it is not possible to write multiple commands in one single line.

In addition to the built-in :set command zathura offers more options to be changed and makes those changes permanent. To overwrite an option you just have to add a line structured like the following
set <option> <new value>

The option field has to be replaced with the name of the option that should be changed and the new value field has to be replaced with the new value the option should get. The type of the value can be one of the following:

  • INT - An integer number
  • FLOAT - A floating point number
  • STRING - A character string
  • BOOL - A boolean value ("true" for true, "false" for false)

In addition we advice you to check the options to get a more detailed view of the options that can be changed and which values they should be set to.

The following example should give some deeper insight of how the set command can be used

set option1 5
set option2 2.0
set option3 hello
set option4 hello\ world
set option5 "hello world"

Especially for options with strings as values, note that escaping of special characters and white spaces is necessary. In the above example, option4 and option5 are both set to hello world, but set option6 hello world would set option6 only to hello.

For colors, zathura supports HTML color codes and CSS3-style rgb(r,g,b) and rgba(r,g,b,a) values. If you want to use color codes for some options, make sure to quote them accordingly or to escape the hash symbol.

set default-fg "#CCBBCC"
set default-fg \#CCBBCC

For rgba, note that it parses the color components as integers between 0 and 255 and the alpha component as float between 0 and 1.

This commands allows one to include other configuration files. If a relative path is given, the path will be resolved relative to the configuration file that is currently processed.
include another-config

It is possible to map or remap new key bindings to shortcut functions which allows a high level of customization. The :map command can also be used in the zathurarc file to make those changes permanent:
map [mode] <binding> <shortcut function> <argument>
Mode
The map command expects several arguments where only the binding as well as the shortcut-function argument is required. Since zathura uses several modes it is possible to map bindings only for a specific mode by passing the mode argument which can take one of the following values:
  • normal (default)
  • fullscreen
  • presentation
  • index

The brackets around the value are mandatory.

Single key binding
The (possible) second argument defines the used key binding that should be mapped to the shortcut function and is structured like the following. On the one hand it is possible to just assign single letters, numbers or signs to it:
map a shortcut_function optional_argument
map b shortcut_function optional_argument
map c shortcut_function optional_argument
map 1 shortcut_function optional_argument
map 2 shortcut_function optional_argument
map 3 shortcut_function optional_argument
map ! shortcut_function optional_argument
map ? shortcut_function optional_argument
Using modifiers
It is also possible to use modifiers like the Control or Alt button on the keyboard. It is possible to use the following modifiers:
  • A - Alt
  • C - Control
  • S - Shift

If any of the modifiers should be used for a binding, it is required to define the binding with the following structure:

map <A-a> shortcut_function
map <C-a> shortcut_function
Special keys
zathura allows it also to assign keys like the space bar or the tab button which also have to be written in between angle brackets. The following special keys are currently available:
Identifier Description
BackSpace  Back space
CapsLock   Caps lock
Esc        Escape
Down       Arrow down
Up         Arrow up
Left       Arrow left
Right      Arrow right
F1         F1
F2         F2
F3         F3
F4         F4
F5         F5
F6         F6
F7         F7
F8         F8
F9         F9
F10        F10
F11        F11
F12        F12
PageDown   Page Down
PageUp     Page Up
Return     Return
Space      Space
Super      Windows key
Tab        Tab
Print      Print key

Of course it is possible to combine those special keys with a modifier. The usage of those keys should be explained by the following examples:

map <Space> shortcut_function
map <C-Space> shortcut_function
Mouse buttons
It is also possible to map mouse buttons to shortcuts by using the following special keys:
Identifier Description
Button1    Mouse button 1
Button2    Mouse button 2
Button3    Mouse button 3
Button4    Mouse button 4
Button5    Mouse button 5

They can also be combined with modifiers:

map <Button1> shortcut_function
map <C-Button1> shortcut_function
Buffer commands
If a mapping does not match one of the previous definition but is still a valid mapping it will be mapped as a buffer command:
map abc quit
map test quit
Shortcut functions
The following shortcut functions can be mapped:
  • abort

    Switch back to normal mode.

  • adjust_window

    Adjust page width. Possible arguments are best-fit and width.

  • change_mode

    Change current mode. Pass the desired mode as argument.

  • display_link:

    Display link target.

  • exec:

    Execute an external command.

  • focus_inputbar

    Focus inputbar.

  • follow

    Follow a link.

  • goto

    Go to a certain page.

  • jumplist

    Move forwards/backwards in the jumplist. Pass forward as argument to move to the next entry and backward to move to the previous one.

  • navigate

    Navigate to the next/previous page.

  • navigate_index

    Navigate through the index.

  • print

    Show the print dialog.

  • quit

    Quit zathura.

  • recolor

    Recolor pages.

  • reload

    Reload the document.

  • rotate

    Rotate the page. Pass rotate-ccw as argument for counterclockwise rotation and rotate-cw for clockwise rotation.

  • scroll

    Scroll.

  • search

    Search next/previous item. Pass forward as argument to search for the next hit and backward to search for the previous hit.

  • set

    Set an option.

  • snap_to_page

    Snaps to the current page. Equivalent to goto <current_page>

  • toggle_fullscreen

    Toggle fullscreen.

  • toggle_index

    Show or hide index.

  • toggle_inputbar

    Show or hide inputbar.

  • toggle_page_mode

    Toggle between one and multiple pages per row.

  • toggle_statusbar

    Show or hide statusbar.

  • zoom

    Zoom in or out.

  • mark_add

    Set a quickmark.

  • mark_evaluate

    Go to a quickmark.

  • feedkeys

    Simulate key presses. Note that all keys will be interpreted as if pressing a key on the keyboard. To input uppercase letters, follow the same convention as for key bindings, i.e. for X, use <S-X>.

Pass arguments
Some shortcut function require or have optional arguments which influence the behaviour of them. Those can be passed as the last argument:
map <C-i> zoom in
map <C-o> zoom out

Possible arguments are:

  • best-fit
  • bottom
  • backward
  • collapse
  • collapse-all
  • default
  • down
  • expand
  • expand-all
  • forward
  • full-down
  • full-up
  • half-down
  • half-up
  • in
  • left
  • next
  • out
  • page-bottom
  • page-top
  • previous
  • right
  • rotate-ccw
  • rotate-cw
  • select
  • specific
  • toggle
  • top
  • up
  • width

In addition to mapping or remaping custom key bindings it is possible to remove existing ones by using the :unmap command. The command is used in the following way (the explanation of the parameters is described in the map section of this document
unmap [mode] <binding>

This section describes settings concerning the behaviour of girara and zathura. The settings described here can be changed with set.

n-completion-items
Defines the maximum number of displayed completion entries.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 15
completion-bg
Defines the background color that is used for command line completion entries
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #232323
completion-fg
Defines the foreground color that is used for command line completion entries
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #DDDDDD
completion-group-bg
Defines the background color that is used for command line completion group elements
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #000000
completion-group-fg
Defines the foreground color that is used for command line completion group elements
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #DEDEDE
completion-highlight-bg
Defines the background color that is used for the current command line completion element
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #9FBC00
completion-highlight-fg
Defines the foreground color that is used for the current command line completion element
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #232323
default-fg
Defines the default foreground color
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #DDDDDD
default-bg
Defines the default background color
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #000000
exec-command
Defines a command the should be prepended to any command run with exec.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value:
font
Defines the font that will be used
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: monospace normal 9
guioptions
Shows or hides GUI elements. If it contains 'c', the command line is displayed. If it contains 's', the statusbar is displayed. If it contains 'h', the horizontal scrollbar is displayed. If it contains 'v', the vertical scrollbar is displayed.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: s
inputbar-bg
Defines the background color for the inputbar
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #131313
inputbar-fg
Defines the foreground color for the inputbar
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #9FBC00
notification-bg
Defines the background color for a notification
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFFFFF
notification-fg
Defines the foreground color for a notification
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #000000
notification-error-bg
Defines the background color for an error notification
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFFFFF
notification-error-fg
Defines the foreground color for an error notification
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FF1212
notification-warning-bg
Defines the background color for a warning notification
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFFFFF
notification-warning-fg
Defines the foreground color for a warning notification
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFF712
statusbar-bg
Defines the background color of the statusbar
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #000000
statusbar-fg
Defines the foreground color of the statusbar
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFFFFF
statusbar-h-padding
Defines the horizontal padding of the statusbar and notificationbar
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 8
statusbar-v-padding
Defines the vertical padding of the statusbar and notificationbar
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 2
window-icon
Defines the path for a icon to be used as window icon.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value:
window-height
Defines the window height on startup
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 600
window-width
Defines the window width on startup
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 800

This section describes settings concerning the behaviour of zathura.
abort-clear-search
Defines if the search results should be cleared on abort.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
adjust-open
Defines which auto adjustment mode should be used if a document is loaded. Possible options are "best-fit" and "width".
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: best-fit
advance-pages-per-row
Defines if the number of pages per row should be honored when advancing a page.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
continuous-hist-save
Tells zathura whether to save document history at each page change or only when closing a document.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
database
Defines the database backend to use for bookmarks and input history. Possible values are "plain", "sqlite" (if built with sqlite support) and "null". If "null" is used, bookmarks and input history will not be stored.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: plain
dbus-service
En/Disables the D-Bus service. If the services is disabled, SyncTeX forward synchronization is not available.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
dbus-raise-window
Defines whether zathura's window should be raised when receiving certain commands via D-Bus.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
filemonitor
Defines the file monitor backend used to check for changes in files. Possible values are "glib", "signal" (if signal handling is supported), and "noop". The "noop" file monitor does not trigger reloads.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: glib
incremental-search
En/Disables incremental search (search while typing).
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
highlight-color
Defines the color that is used for highlighting parts of the document (e.g.: show search results)
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #9FBC00
highlight-fg
Defines the color that is used for text when highlighting parts of the document (e.g.: number for links).
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #9FBC00
highlight-active-color
Defines the color that is used to show the current selected highlighted element (e.g: current search result)
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #00BC00
highlight-transparency
Defines the opacity of a highlighted element
  • Value type: Float
  • Default value: 0.5
page-padding
The page padding defines the gap in pixels between each rendered page.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 1
page-cache-size
Defines the maximum number of pages that could be kept in the page cache. When the cache is full and a new page that isn't cached becomes visible, the least recently viewed page in the cache will be evicted to make room for the new one. Large values for this variable are NOT recommended, because this will lead to consuming a significant portion of the system memory.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 15
page-thumbnail-size
Defines the maximum size in pixels of the thumbnail that could be kept in the thumbnail cache per page. The thumbnail is scaled for a quick preview during zooming before the page is rendered. When the page is rendered, the result is saved as the thumbnail only if the size is no more than this value. A larger value increases quality but introduces longer delay in zooming and uses more system memory.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 4194304 (4M)
pages-per-row
Defines the number of pages that are rendered next to each other in a row.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 1
first-page-column
Defines the column in which the first page will be displayed. This setting is stored separately for every value of pages-per-row according to the following pattern <1 page per row>:[<2 pages per row>[: ...]]. The last value in the list will be used for all other number of pages per row if not set explicitly.

Per default, the first column is set to 2 for double-page layout, i.e. the value is set to 1:2. A value of 1:1:3 would put the first page in dual-page layout in the first column, and for layouts with more columns the first page would be put in the 3rd column.

  • Value type: String
  • Default value: 1:2
recolor
En/Disables recoloring
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
recolor-keephue
En/Disables keeping original hue when recoloring
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
recolor-darkcolor
Defines the color value that is used to represent dark colors in recoloring mode
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFFFFF
recolor-lightcolor
Defines the color value that is used to represent light colors in recoloring mode
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #000000
recolor-reverse-video
Defines if original image colors should be kept while recoloring.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
render-loading
Defines if the "Loading..." text should be displayed if a page is rendered.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
render-loading-bg
Defines the background color that is used for the "Loading..." text.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #FFFFFF
render-loading-fg
Defines the foreground color that is used for the "Loading..." text.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #000000
scroll-hstep
Defines the horizontal step size of scrolling by calling the scroll command once
  • Value type: Float
  • Default value: -1
scroll-step
Defines the step size of scrolling by calling the scroll command once
  • Value type: Float
  • Default value: 40
scroll-full-overlap
Defines the proportion of the current viewing area that should be visible after scrolling a full page.
  • Value type: Float
  • Default value: 0
scroll-wrap
Defines if the last/first page should be wrapped
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
show-directories
Defines if the directories should be displayed in completion.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
show-hidden
Defines if hidden files and directories should be displayed in completion.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
show-recent
Defines the number of recent files that should be displayed in completion. If the value is negative, no upper bounds are applied. If the value is 0, no recent files are shown.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 10
scroll-page-aware
Defines if scrolling by half or full pages stops at page boundaries.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
link-zoom
En/Disables the ability of changing zoom when following links.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
link-hadjust
En/Disables aligning to the left internal link targets, for example from the index.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
search-hadjust
En/Disables horizontally centered search results.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
window-title-basename
Use basename of the file in the window title.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
window-title-home-tilde
Display a short version of the file path, which replaces $HOME with ~, in the window title.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
window-title-page
Display the page number in the window title.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
statusbar-basename
Use basename of the file in the statusbar.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
statusbar-home-tilde
Display a short version of the file path, which replaces $HOME with ~, in the statusbar.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
zoom-center
En/Disables horizontally centered zooming.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
vertical-center
Center the screen at the vertical midpoint of the page by default.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
zoom-max
Defines the maximum percentage that the zoom level can be.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 1000
zoom-min
Defines the minimum percentage that the zoom level can be.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 10
zoom-step
Defines the amount of percent that is zoomed in or out on each command.
  • Value type: Integer
  • Default value: 10
selection-clipboard
Defines the X clipboard into which mouse-selected data will be written. When it is "clipboard", selected data will be written to the CLIPBOARD clipboard, and can be pasted using the Ctrl+v key combination. When it is "primary", selected data will be written to the PRIMARY clipboard, and can be pasted using the middle mouse button, or the Shift-Insert key combination.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: primary
selection-notification
Defines if a notification should be displayed after selecting text.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
synctex
En/Disables SyncTeX backward synchronization support.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: true
synctex-editor-command
Defines the command executed for SyncTeX backward synchronization.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value:
index-fg
Defines the foreground color of the index mode.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #DDDDDD
index-bg
Define the background color of the index mode.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #232323
index-active-fg
Defines the foreground color of the selected element in index mode.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #232323
index-active-bg
Define the background color of the selected element in index mode.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: #9FBC00
sandbox
Defines the sandbox mode to use for the seccomp syscall filter. Possible values are "none", "normal" and "strict". If "none" is used, the sandbox will be disabled. The use of "normal" will provide minimal protection and allow normal use of zathura with support for all features. The "strict" mode is a read only sandbox that is intended for viewing documents only.
  • Value type: String
  • Default value: normal

Some features are disabled when using strict sandbox mode:

  • saving/writing files
  • use of input methods like ibus
  • printing
  • bookmarks and history

No feature regressions are expected when using normal sandbox mode.

When running under WSL, the default is "none" since seccomp is not supported in that environment.

window-icon-document
Defines whether the window document should be updated based on the first page of a dcument.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false
page-right-to-left
Defines whether pages in multi-column view should start from the right side.
  • Value type: Boolean
  • Default value: false

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