Shells scripting – How to create GUI dialogs for GNOME and KDE?

by on July 29, 2006 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED July 29, 2006


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I love scripting and when you have GUI utilities to create a dialog box from scripts, it makes your life easy.

Zenity and KDialog tools allow you to create GNOME- and KDE-specific front ends for scripts.

FTA, "...Because Linux developers have made great strides in improving Linux's desktop interfaces and GUI applications, users have had no reason to focus on the command line. New users especially tend to be wary of the command-line interface (CLI) and favor the graphical environments (GUI) ..."


For example consider following small command:

$ zenity --info --text "Welcome to nixCraft weblog" --title='Hi there!'

zenity command output

Pretty easy eah? ;)

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Francis August 26, 2008 at 5:09 am

im getting following error message

(zenity:14884): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:


2 Linus December 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

use this parameter



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