Rofi: A window switcher, application launcher and dmenu replacement
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Please match the documentation and example scripts to the version of rofi used:

Also see the locally installed documentation (manpages).


A window switcher, Application launcher and dmenu replacement.

Rofi started as a clone of simpleswitcher, written by Sean Pringle - a popup window switcher roughly based on superswitcher. Simpleswitcher laid the foundations, and therefore Sean Pringle deserves most of the credit for this tool. Rofi (renamed, as it lost the simple property) has been extended with extra features, like an application launcher and ssh-launcher, and can act as a drop-in dmenu replacement, making it a very versatile tool.

Rofi, like dmenu, will provide the user with a textual list of options where one or more can be selected. This can either be running an application, selecting a window, or options provided by an external script.

What is rofi not?

Rofi is not:

  • A UI toolkit.
  • A library to be used in other applications.
  • An application that can support every possible use-case. It tries to be generic enough to be usable by everybody.
    • Specific functionality can be added using scripts or plugins, many exists.
  • Just a dmenu replacement. The dmenu functionality is a nice 'extra' to rofi, not its main purpose.

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Its main features are:

  • Fully configurable keyboard navigation
  • Type to filter
    • Tokenized: type any word in any order to filter
    • Case insensitive (togglable)
    • Support for fuzzy-, regex-, prefix-, and glob-matching
  • UTF-8 enabled
    • UTF-8-aware string collating
    • International keyboard support (`e -> è)
  • RTL language support
  • Cairo drawing and Pango font rendering
  • Built-in modes:
    • Window switcher mode
      • EWMH compatible WM
      • Work arounds for i3,bspwm
    • Application launcher
    • Desktop file application launcher
    • SSH launcher mode
    • File browser
    • Combi mode, allowing several modes to be merged into one list
  • History-based ordering — last 25 choices are ordered on top based on use (optional)
  • Levenshtein distance or fzf like sorting of matches (optional)
  • Drop-in dmenu replacement
    • Many added improvements
  • Easily extensible using scripts and plugins
  • Advanced Theming


Rofi has several built-in modes implementing common use cases and can be extended by scripts (either called from Rofi or calling Rofi) or plugins.

Below is a list of the different modes:

  • run: launch applications from $PATH, with option to launch in terminal.
  • drun: launch applications based on desktop files. It tries to be compliant to the XDG standard.
  • window: Switch between windows on an EWMH compatible window manager.
  • ssh: Connect to a remote host via ssh.
  • file-browser: A basic file-browser for opening files.
  • keys: list internal keybindings.
  • script: Write (limited) custom mode using simple scripts.
  • combi: Combine multiple modes into one.

Rofi is known to work on Linux and BSD.


For more up to date information, please see the manpages. The other sections and links might have outdated information as they have relatively less maintainance than the manpages. So, if you come across any issues please consult manpages, discussion and issue tracker before filing new issue.


Please see the installation guide for instructions on how to install Rofi.



This section just gives a brief overview of the various options. To get the full set of options see the manpages section above

Running rofi

To launch rofi directly in a certain mode, specify a mode with rofi -show <mode>. To show the run dialog:

rofi -show run

Or get the options from a script:

~/ | rofi -dmenu

Specify an ordered, comma-separated list of modes to enable. Enabled modes can be changed at runtime. Default key is Ctrl+Tab. If no modes are specified, all configured modes will be enabled. To only show the run and ssh launcher:

rofi -modes "run,ssh" -show run

The modes to combine in combi mode. For syntax to -combi-modes , see -modes. To get one merge view, of window,run, and ssh:

rofi -show combi -combi-modes "window,run,ssh" -modes combi


Generate a default configuration file

mkdir -p ~/.config/rofi
rofi -dump-config > ~/.config/rofi/config.rasi

This creates a file called config.rasi in the ~/.config/rofi/ folder. You can modify this file to set configuration settings and modify themes. config.rasi is the file rofi looks to by default.

Please see the configuration guide for a summary of configuration options. More detailed options are provided in the manpages.


Please see the themes manpages for a detailed description.

The latest bundled themes can be found here.






Default theme:



**The Wiki is currently unmaintained and might contain outdated data **

Go to wiki .


Discussion places:

The GitHub Discussions is the preferred location for discussions.

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