Class awful.tooltip

Tooltip module for awesome objects.

A tooltip is a small hint displayed when the mouse cursor hovers over a specific item. In awesome, a tooltip can be linked with almost any object having a :connect_signal() method and receiving mouse::enter and mouse::leave signals.

How to create a tooltip?


myclock = wibox.widget.textclock("%T", 1)
myclock_t = awful.tooltip({
    objects = { myclock },
    timer_function = function()
            return os.date("Today is %A %B %d %Y\nThe time is %T")
        end,
    })

How to add the same tooltip to multiple objects?


myclock_t:add_to_object(obj1)
myclock_t:add_to_object(obj2)

Now the same tooltip is attached to myclock, obj1, obj2.

How to remove a tooltip from several objects?


myclock_t:remove_from_object(obj1)
myclock_t:remove_from_object(obj2)

Now the same tooltip is only attached to myclock.

Info:

  • Copyright: 2009 Sébastien Gross
  • Author: Sébastien Gross <seb•ɱɩɲʋʃ•awesome•ɑƬ•chezwam•ɖɵʈ•org>

Functions

awful.tooltip (args) Create a new tooltip and link it to a widget.

Object properties

wibox The wibox containing the tooltip widgets.
visible Is the tooltip visible?
align The horizontal alignment.
shape The shape of the tooltip window.
mode Set the tooltip positioning mode.
preferred_positions The preferred positions when in outside mode.
text Change displayed text.
markup Change displayed markup.
timeout Change the tooltip’s update interval.
margins Set all margins around the tooltip textbox
margins_leftright Set the margins around the left and right of the tooltip textbox
margins_topbottom Set the margins around the top and bottom of the tooltip textbox

Theme variables

beautiful.tooltip_border_color The tooltip border color.
beautiful.tooltip_bg The tooltip background color.
beautiful.tooltip_fg The tooltip foregound (text) color.
beautiful.tooltip_font The tooltip font.
beautiful.tooltip_border_width The tooltip border width.
beautiful.tooltip_opacity The tooltip opacity.
beautiful.tooltip_shape The default tooltip shape.
beautiful.tooltip_align The default tooltip alignment.

Methods

awful.tooltip:set_shape (s) Set the tooltip shape.
awful.tooltip:add_to_object (self, obj) Add tooltip to an object.
awful.tooltip:remove_from_object (self, obj) Remove tooltip from an object.


Functions

Methods
awful.tooltip (args)
Create a new tooltip and link it to a widget. Tooltips emit property::visible when their visibility changes.
  • args Arguments for tooltip creation.
    • timer_function function A function to dynamically set the tooltip text. Its return value will be passed to wibox.widget.textbox.set_markup.
    • timeout number The timeout value for timer_function. (default 1)
    • objects table A list of objects linked to the tooltip. (optional)
    • delay_show number Delay showing the tooltip by this many seconds. (optional)
    • margin_leftright integer The left/right margin for the text. (default apply_dpi(5))
    • margin_topbottom integer The top/bottom margin for the text. (default apply_dpi(3))
    • shape gears.shape The shape (default nil)
    • bg string The background color (optional)
    • fg string The foreground color (optional)
    • border_color string The tooltip border color (optional)
    • border_width number The tooltip border width (optional)
    • align string The horizontal alignment (optional)
    • font string The tooltip font (optional)
    • opacity number The tooltip opacity (optional)

Returns:

    awful.tooltip The created tooltip.

See also:

Object properties

wibox
The wibox containing the tooltip widgets.

Type:

  • wibox
visible
Is the tooltip visible?

Type:

  • boolean
align

The horizontal alignment.

The following values are valid:

  • top_left
  • left
  • bottom_left
  • right
  • top_right
  • bottom_right
  • bottom
  • top

See also:

shape
The shape of the tooltip window. If the shape require some parameters, use set_shape.

See also:

mode

Set the tooltip positioning mode. This affects how the tooltip is placed. By default, the tooltip is aligned close to the mouse cursor. It is also possible to place the tooltip relative to the widget geometry.

Valid modes are:

  • “mouse”: Next to the mouse cursor
  • "outside": Outside of the widget

Type:

  • string
preferred_positions

The preferred positions when in outside mode.

If the tooltip fits on multiple sides of the drawable, then this defines the priority

The default is:

{"top", "right", "left", "bottom"}

Type:

  • preferred_positions table The position, ordered by priorities
text
Change displayed text.

Type:

  • self tooltip The tooltip object.
  • text string New tooltip text, passed to wibox.widget.textbox.set_text.

See also:

markup
Change displayed markup.

Type:

  • self tooltip The tooltip object.
  • text string New tooltip markup, passed to wibox.widget.textbox.set_markup.

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timeout
Change the tooltip’s update interval.

Type:

  • self tooltip A tooltip object.
  • timeout number The timeout value.
margins
Set all margins around the tooltip textbox

Type:

  • self tooltip A tooltip object
  • New number margins value
margins_leftright
Set the margins around the left and right of the tooltip textbox

Type:

  • self tooltip A tooltip object
  • New number margins value
margins_topbottom
Set the margins around the top and bottom of the tooltip textbox

Type:

  • self tooltip A tooltip object
  • New number margins value

Theme variables

beautiful.tooltip_border_color
The tooltip border color.
beautiful.tooltip_bg
The tooltip background color.
beautiful.tooltip_fg
The tooltip foregound (text) color.
beautiful.tooltip_font
The tooltip font.
beautiful.tooltip_border_width
The tooltip border width.
beautiful.tooltip_opacity
The tooltip opacity.
beautiful.tooltip_shape
The default tooltip shape. The default shape for all tooltips is a rectangle. However, by setting this variable they can default to rounded rectangle or stretched octogons.

Type:

  • shape function A gears.shape compatible function (default gears.shape.rectangle)

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beautiful.tooltip_align
The default tooltip alignment.

Type:

  • string

See also:

Methods

awful.tooltip:set_shape (s)
Set the tooltip shape. All other arguments will be passed to the shape function.
  • s gears.shape The shape

See also:

awful.tooltip:add_to_object (self, obj)
Add tooltip to an object.
  • self tooltip The tooltip.
  • obj gears.object An object with mouse::enter and mouse::leave signals.
awful.tooltip:remove_from_object (self, obj)
Remove tooltip from an object.
  • self tooltip The tooltip.
  • obj gears.object An object with mouse::enter and mouse::leave signals.
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