dmenu is pretty easy to install:
sudo apt-get install suckless-tools
But Rofi is way much nicer. To install it follow its installation guide.
i3menu can be installed directly from pypi like this:
$ pip install i3menu
Or from source code like this:
$ git clone https://github.com/giacomos/i3menu.git $ cd i3menu $ make install
Whatever installation method you choosed, you will end up having a script in your local bin path, ~/.local/bin. If your $PATH is set up correctly, now you should be able to run i3menu:
$ i3menu -h
If the command is not found, please check your $PATH to be sure to have your local bin path:
To make this change permanent, you can add to your .profile file this:
if [ -d "$HOME/.local/bin" ] ; then PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin" fi
This change will be permanent at your next login.
For a complete list of the command line parameters you can check the help:
$ i3menu --help
Any available menu can be run like this:
$ i3menu window_actions
You can add i3menu to your i3 config. For example:
bindsym $mod+w exec --no-startup-id i3menu goto_workspace
bindsym $mod+w exec --no-startup-id i3menu -m go_to_workspace
For a more complete set of examples, please take a look at my i3wm config
- partially inspired by quickswitch-i3
Disclaimer: i3menu is a third party script and in no way affiliated with the i3 project, the dmenu project or the rofi project.