Just wondering; how do I bind .sh files to run when I press a particular key combination? (like Alt+S)
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Goto System>>Preferences>>Keyboard Shortcuts
It will open a window click add
After clicking add it will show you a window with Name and Command.You can write any name there and in command you should give the full path of the file with bash in-front bash /path/to/the/file.sh
After adding the Name & Command.You can assign the shortcut key.
xbindkeys allows you to saves multiple configurations (if you want that flexibility).
xbindkeys gives you many more key-combinations, because it (optionally) allows you to make Numlock, ScrollLock, and CapsLock states significant...
Another feature which is not found in Keboard Shortcuts is that you can use
$HOME/ for your home directory, instead of having to hard-code it.
To install xbindkeys, and xbindkeys-config (the GUI for xbindkeys)
sudo apt-get install xbindkeys xbindkeys-config
To create the default config file for xbindkeys
xbindkeys --defaults > $HOME/.xbindkeysrc
And for your first keybinding, you may find it useful to assign Ctrl+Shift+Alt+X, or whatever you prefer, to
To keep the xbindkeys hotkeys active ever time you start the computer...
Main Menu System Preferences Startup Applications [ Add ] Name: xbindkeys Command: xbindkeys Comment: xbindkeys
Just for completeness: If you are using Compiz you can set custom keyboard and mouse shortcuts using CCSM (Compiz Config Settings Manager) and the Commands plugin.
Just put in the name of your sh-script (for example "CustomScript" in the attached screenshot) and give it a custom key binding in the Key Bindings tab. Your script needs to be placed in a directory that is monitored by Ubuntu for this to work. I do place all of my scripts in the
Make sure that your script is executable by applying
chmod +x CustomScript in a terminal and note that all words are case sensitive.
Compiz allows to export all settings including shortcuts which is very useful for settings up similar machines.