Zenity dialog box, created with the following command:
$ zenity --info --text="This is an information box."
|Original author(s)||Sun Microsystems|
|Initial release||[dubious ]|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Other scripting languages such as Perl and Python can be used to construct full-scale GUI applications, but the zenity program enables a shell script to interact with a GUI user.... [The] user interface is not as refined as one that could be provided by a full-featured GUI application, but it is perfectly suitable for simple interactions.
— Chris Tyler
As of 2012[update], Zenity is available for Linux, BSD and Windows. GTK+, the library on which Zenity is based, is also available for Mac OS X, so it should be possible to port Zenity to this platform.
Zenity does not possess any built-in scripting capabilities and it must, therefore, rely on an interpreter for processing. To create a script that runs on more than one platform without extensive modifications, it would be best to use an interpreter that is available on the widest range of operating systems. One option is Python in combination with the PyZenity library.
Cross-platform script example
from PyZenity import InfoMessage from PyZenity import Question from PyZenity import ErrorMessage choice=Question('Please press a button.') if choice: InfoMessage('You pressed Yes!') else: ErrorMessage('You pressed No!')
POSIX shell script example
#!/bin/sh if zenity --question --text="Please press a button."; then zenity --info --text="You pressed Yes\!" else zenity --error --text="You pressed No\!" fi
@echo off zenity --question --ok-label="Yes" --cancel-label="No" --text="Please press a button." if %ERRORLEVEL% == 1 goto error zenity --info --text="You pressed Yes!" goto end :error zenity --error --text="You pressed No!" :end
- Cartwright, Ryan (2009-01-30), "More fun with Zenity: shell script/GUI interactivity", Free Software Magazine, retrieved 2011-12-10
- Diehl, Mike (2008-05-12), "Make Your Scripts User Friendly with Zenity", LinuxJournal, retrieved 2011-12-10
- Tyler, Chris (2006), "Chapter 4. Basic System Management", Fedora Linux, O'Reilly Media, pp. 258–259, ISBN 978-0-596-52682-5
- Zenity for Windows, retrieved 2011-12-10
- GTK+ Download: Mac OS X, retrieved 2011-12-10
- Ramos, Brian (2011-04-20), PyZenity, retrieved 2012-11-15
- Official website
- yad (fork of Zenity that removes dependencies on obsoleted libraries)
- Wenity (a Java clone)
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