Module: awful.widget.launcher

A button widget which hosts a menu or starts a command.

Implementation of awful.widget.button with the ability to host an awful.menu or a command to execute on user click.

This example is the default launcher.

Usage example

myawesomemenu = {
   { 'hotkeys', function() hotkeys_popup.show_help(nil, awful.screen.focused()) end },
   { 'manual', 'xterm' .. ' -e man awesome' },
   { 'restart', awesome.restart },
   { 'quit', function() awesome.quit() end }
}

mymainmenu = awful.menu({ items = { { 'awesome', myawesomemenu, beautiful.awesome_icon },
                                    { 'open terminal', 'xterm'}
                                  }
                        })

mylauncher = awful.widget.launcher({ image = beautiful.awesome_icon,
                                     menu = mymainmenu })

wb:setup {
    layout = wibox.layout.align.horizontal,
    { -- Left widgets
        mylauncher,
        mytaglist,
        layout = wibox.layout.fixed.horizontal,
    },
    mytasklist, -- Middle widget
    { -- Right widgets
        layout = wibox.layout.fixed.horizontal,
        mykeyboardlayout,
        mytextclock,
        mylayoutbox,
    },
}

Info:

Constructors

awful.widget.launcher {[args]} Create a button widget which will launch a command.

Object properties

image image The image rendered by the imagebox. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
clip_shape function or gears.shape Set a clip shape for this imagebox. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
resize boolean Should the image be resized to fit into the available space? Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
horizontal_fit_policy string Set the horizontal fit policy. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
vertical_fit_policy string Set the vertical fit policy. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
valign string The vertical alignment. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
halign string The horizontal alignment. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
max_scaling_factor number The maximum scaling factor. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
scaling_quality string Set the scaling aligorithm. Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox
children table Get or set the children elements. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
all_children table Get all direct and indirect children widgets. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
forced_height number or nil Force a widget height. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
forced_width number or nil Force a widget width. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
opacity number The widget opacity (transparency). Inherited from wibox.widget.base
visible boolean The widget visibility. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
buttons table The widget buttons. Inherited from wibox.widget.base

Object methods

:add_button (button) Add a new awful.button to this widget. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
:emit_signal_recursive (signal_name, ...) Emit a signal and ensure all parent widgets in the hierarchies also forward the signal. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
:index (widget[, recursive[, ...]]) -> (number, widget, table) Get the index of a widget. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
:connect_signal (name, func) Connect to a signal. Inherited from gears.object
:weak_connect_signal (name, func) Connect to a signal weakly. Inherited from gears.object
:disconnect_signal (name, func) Disonnect from a signal. Inherited from gears.object
:emit_signal (name, ...) Emit a signal. Inherited from gears.object

Signals

widget::layout_changed When the layout (size) change. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
widget::redraw_needed When the widget content changed. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
button::press When a mouse button is pressed over the widget. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
button::release When a mouse button is released over the widget. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
mouse::enter When the mouse enter a widget. Inherited from wibox.widget.base
mouse::leave When the mouse leave a widget. Inherited from wibox.widget.base


Constructors

awful.widget.launcher {[args]}
Create a button widget which will launch a command.

NOTE: You need either command or menu argument for widget to create successfully

Parameters:

  • args
    • image image The image to display on the launcher button (refer to wibox.widget.imagebox).
    • command string Command to run on user click. (optional)
    • menu table Table of items to create a menu based on awful.menu. (optional)

Returns:

    awful.widget.launcher A launcher widget.

See also:

Object properties

image image · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal

The image rendered by the imagebox.

It can can be any of the following:

  • A string: Interpreted as a path to an image file
  • A cairo image surface: Directly used as-is
  • A librsvg handle object: Directly used as-is
  • nil: Unset the image.

Type constraints:

  • image image The image to render.

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Emit signals:

  • property::image When the image value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
clip_shape function or gears.shape · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
Set a clip shape for this imagebox.

A clip shape defines an area and dimension to which the content should be trimmed.

Usage example

Type constraints:

  • clip_shape function or gears.shape A gears.shape compatible shape function.

See also:

Usage:

    for _, resize in ipairs {true, false} do
        for idx, shape in ipairs {gears.shape.circle, gears.shape.squircle, gears.shape.rounded_rect} do
            local w = wibox.widget {
                {
                    {
                        image         = beautiful.awesome_icon,
                        forced_height = 32,
                        forced_width  = 32,
                        clip_shape    = shape,
                        resize        = resize,
                        widget        = wibox.widget.imagebox
                    },
                    widget = wibox.container.place
                },
                widget = wibox.container.background
            }
        end
    end

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Emit signals:

  • property::clip_shape When the clip_shape value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value clip_shape The new value affected to the property.
resize boolean · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
Should the image be resized to fit into the available space?

Usage example

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Emit signals:

  • property::resize When the resize value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value resize The new value affected to the property.
horizontal_fit_policy string · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
Set the horizontal fit policy.

Valid values are:

  • "auto": Honor the resize variable and preserve the aspect ratio. This is the default behaviour.
  • "none": Do not resize at all.
  • "fit": Resize to the widget width.

Here is the result for a 22x32 image:

Usage example

See also:


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Emit signals:

  • property::horizontal_fit_policy When the horizontal_fit_policy value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value horizontal_fit_policy The new value affected to the property.
vertical_fit_policy string · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
Set the vertical fit policy.

Valid values are:

  • "auto": Honor the resize varible and preserve the aspect ratio. This is the default behaviour.
  • "none": Do not resize at all.
  • "fit": Resize to the widget height.

Here is the result for a 32x22 image:

Usage example

See also:


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Emit signals:

  • property::vertical_fit_policy When the vertical_fit_policy value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value horizontal_fit_policy The new value affected to the property.
valign string · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
The vertical alignment.

Possible values are:

  • "top"
  • "center" (default)
  • "bottom"

Usage example

See also:

Usage:

    for _, resize in ipairs {true, false} do
        for _, valign in ipairs {'top', 'center', 'bottom'} do
            local w = wibox.widget {
                {
                    {
                        image         = beautiful.awesome_icon,
                        forced_height = 32,
                        forced_width  = 32,
                        valign        = valign,
                        resize        = resize,
                        widget        = wibox.widget.imagebox
                    },
                    bg     = beautiful.bg_normal,
                    widget = wibox.container.background
                },
                widget = wibox.container.place
            }
        end
    end

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Emit signals:

  • property::valign When the valign value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value valign The new value affected to the property.
halign string · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
The horizontal alignment.

Possible values are:

  • "left"
  • "center" (default)
  • "right"

Usage example

See also:

Usage:

    for _, resize in ipairs {true, false} do
        for _, halign in ipairs {'left', 'center', 'right'} do
            local w = wibox.widget {
                {
                    {
                        image         = beautiful.awesome_icon,
                        forced_height = 32,
                        forced_width  = 32,
                        halign        = halign,
                        resize        = resize,
                        widget        = wibox.widget.imagebox
                    },
                    bg     = beautiful.bg_normal,
                    widget = wibox.container.background
                },
                widget = wibox.container.place
            }
        end
    end

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Emit signals:

  • property::halign When the halign value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value halign The new value affected to the property.
max_scaling_factor number · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
The maximum scaling factor.

If an image is scaled too much, it gets very blurry. This property allows to limit the scaling. Use the properties valign and halign to control how the image will be aligned.

In the example below, the original size is 22x22

Usage example

See also:


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Emit signals:

  • property::max_scaling_factor When the max_scaling_factor value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value max_scaling_factor The new value affected to the property.
scaling_quality string · Inherited from wibox.widget.imagebox · 1 signal
Set the scaling aligorithm.

Depending on how the image is used, what is the “correct” way to scale can change. For example, upscaling a pixel art image should not make it blurry. However, scaling up a photo should not make it blocky.

Value Description
fastA high-performance filter
goodA reasonable-performance filter
bestThe highest-quality available
nearestNearest-neighbor filtering (blocky)
bilinearLinear interpolation in two dimensions

The image used in the example below has a resolution of 32x22 and is intentionally blocky to highlight the difference. It is zoomed by a factor of 3.

Usage example

Type constraints:

  • scaling_quality string Either "fast", "good", "best", "nearest" or "bilinear".

See also:

Usage:

    for _, quality in ipairs {'fast', 'good', 'best', 'nearest', 'bilinear'} do
       local w = wibox.widget {
           {
               {
                   image           = img,
                   forced_height   = 64,
                   forced_width    = 96,
                   scaling_quality = quality,
                   widget          = wibox.widget.imagebox
               },
               widget = wibox.container.place
           },
           widget = wibox.container.background
       }
    end

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Emit signals:

  • property::scaling_quality When the scaling_quality value changes.
    • self wibox.widget.imagebox The object which changed (useful when connecting many object to the same callback).
    • new_value scaling_quality The new value affected to the property.
children table · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
Get or set the children elements.

Type constraints:

  • children table The children.
all_children table · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
Get all direct and indirect children widgets. This will scan all containers recursively to find widgets Warning: This method it prone to stack overflow if there is a loop in the widgets hierarchy. A hierarchy loop is when a widget, or any of its children, contain (directly or indirectly) itself.

Type constraints:

  • children table The children.
forced_height number or nil · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
Force a widget height.

Type constraints:

  • height number or nil The height (nil for automatic)
forced_width number or nil · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
Force a widget width.

Type constraints:

  • width number or nil The width (nil for automatic)
opacity number · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
The widget opacity (transparency).

Type constraints:

  • opacity number The opacity (between 0 and 1) (default 1)
visible boolean · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
The widget visibility.
buttons table · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
The widget buttons.

The table contains a list of awful.button objects.

See also:

Object methods

:add_button (button) · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
Add a new awful.button to this widget.

Parameters:

  • button awful.button The button to add.
:emit_signal_recursive (signal_name, ...) · Inherited from wibox.widget.base

Emit a signal and ensure all parent widgets in the hierarchies also forward the signal.

This is useful to track signals when there is a dynamic set of containers and layouts wrapping the widget.

Note that this function has some flaws:

  1. The signal is only forwarded once the widget tree has been built. This happens after all currently scheduled functions have been executed. Therefore, it will not start to work right away.
  2. In case the widget is present multiple times in a single widget tree, this function will also forward the signal multiple times (once per upward tree path).
  3. If the widget is removed from the widget tree, the signal is still forwarded for some time, similar to the first case.

Parameters:

  • signal_name string
  • ... Other arguments
:index (widget[, recursive[, ...]]) -> (number, widget, table) · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
Get the index of a widget.

Parameters:

  • widget widget The widget to look for.
  • recursive boolean Recursively check accross the sub-widgets hierarchy. (optional)
  • ... widget Additional widgets to add at the end of the sub-widgets hierarchy “path”. (optional)

Returns:

  1. number The widget index.
  2. widget The parent widget.
  3. table The hierarchy path between “self” and “widget”.
:connect_signal (name, func) · Inherited from gears.object

Connect to a signal.

Usage example output:

In slot [obj]   nil nil nil
In slot [obj]   foo bar 42

Parameters:

  • name string The name of the signal.
  • func function The callback to call when the signal is emitted.

Usage:

    local o = gears.object{}
    -- Function can be attached to signals
    local function slot(obj, a, b, c)
        print('In slot', obj, a, b, c)
    end
    o:connect_signal('my_signal', slot)
    -- Emitting can be done without arguments. In that case, the object will be
    -- implicitly added as an argument.
    o:emit_signal 'my_signal'
    -- It is also possible to add as many random arguments are required.
    o:emit_signal('my_signal', 'foo', 'bar', 42)
    -- Finally, to allow the object to be garbage collected (the memory freed), it
    -- is necessary to disconnect the signal or use weak_connect_signal
    o:disconnect_signal('my_signal', slot)
    -- This time, the slot wont be called as it is no longer connected.
    o:emit_signal 'my_signal'
:weak_connect_signal (name, func) · Inherited from gears.object
Connect to a signal weakly.

This allows the callback function to be garbage collected and automatically disconnects the signal when that happens. Warning: Only use this function if you really, really, really know what you are doing.

Parameters:

  • name string The name of the signal.
  • func function The callback to call when the signal is emitted.
:disconnect_signal (name, func) · Inherited from gears.object
Disonnect from a signal.

Parameters:

  • name string The name of the signal.
  • func function The callback that should be disconnected.
:emit_signal (name, ...) · Inherited from gears.object
Emit a signal.

Parameters:

  • name string The name of the signal
  • ... Extra arguments for the callback functions. Each connected function receives the object as first argument and then any extra arguments that are given to emit_signal()

Signals

widget::layout_changed · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
When the layout (size) change. This signal is emitted when the previous results of :layout() and :fit() are no longer valid. Unless this signal is emitted, :layout() and :fit() must return the same result when called with the same arguments.

See also:

widget::redraw_needed · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
When the widget content changed. This signal is emitted when the content of the widget changes. The widget will be redrawn, it is not re-layouted. Put differently, it is assumed that :layout() and :fit() would still return the same results as before.

See also:

button::press · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
When a mouse button is pressed over the widget.

Arguments:

  • self table The current object instance itself.
  • lx number The horizontal position relative to the (0,0) position in the widget.
  • ly number The vertical position relative to the (0,0) position in the widget.
  • button number The button number.
  • mods table The modifiers (mod4, mod1 (alt), Control, Shift)
  • find_widgets_result The entry from the result of wibox.drawable:find_widgets for the position that the mouse hit.
    • drawable wibox.drawable The drawable containing the widget.
    • widget widget The widget being displayed.
    • hierarchy wibox.hierarchy The hierarchy managing the widget’s geometry.
    • x number An approximation of the X position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • y number An approximation of the Y position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • width number An approximation of the width that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • height number An approximation of the height that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • widget_width number The exact width of the widget in its local coordinate system.
    • widget_height number The exact height of the widget in its local coordinate system.

See also:

button::release · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
When a mouse button is released over the widget.

Arguments:

  • self table The current object instance itself.
  • lx number The horizontal position relative to the (0,0) position in the widget.
  • ly number The vertical position relative to the (0,0) position in the widget.
  • button number The button number.
  • mods table The modifiers (mod4, mod1 (alt), Control, Shift)
  • find_widgets_result The entry from the result of wibox.drawable:find_widgets for the position that the mouse hit.
    • drawable wibox.drawable The drawable containing the widget.
    • widget widget The widget being displayed.
    • hierarchy wibox.hierarchy The hierarchy managing the widget’s geometry.
    • x number An approximation of the X position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • y number An approximation of the Y position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • width number An approximation of the width that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • height number An approximation of the height that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • widget_width number The exact width of the widget in its local coordinate system.
    • widget_height number The exact height of the widget in its local coordinate system.

See also:

mouse::enter · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
When the mouse enter a widget.

Arguments:

  • self table The current object instance itself.
  • find_widgets_result The entry from the result of wibox.drawable:find_widgets for the position that the mouse hit.
    • drawable wibox.drawable The drawable containing the widget.
    • widget widget The widget being displayed.
    • hierarchy wibox.hierarchy The hierarchy managing the widget’s geometry.
    • x number An approximation of the X position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • y number An approximation of the Y position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • width number An approximation of the width that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • height number An approximation of the height that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • widget_width number The exact width of the widget in its local coordinate system.
    • widget_height number The exact height of the widget in its local coordinate system.

See also:

mouse::leave · Inherited from wibox.widget.base
When the mouse leave a widget.

Arguments:

  • self table The current object instance itself.
  • find_widgets_result The entry from the result of wibox.drawable:find_widgets for the position that the mouse hit.
    • drawable wibox.drawable The drawable containing the widget.
    • widget widget The widget being displayed.
    • hierarchy wibox.hierarchy The hierarchy managing the widget’s geometry.
    • x number An approximation of the X position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • y number An approximation of the Y position that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • width number An approximation of the width that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • height number An approximation of the height that the widget is visible at on the surface.
    • widget_width number The exact width of the widget in its local coordinate system.
    • widget_height number The exact height of the widget in its local coordinate system.

See also:

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