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How can I open a dialog box as below from a terminal?

Screenshot: "Run Application" dialog box

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Install the X11 keyboard/mouse input simulator xdotool and run xdotool key Alt+F2.

You can add this alias to your ~/.bashrc file to make typing easier:

alias rd="xdotool key Alt+F2"

Now all you need to do is type rd.

Hacky, but works.

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Two options:

  1. Install gmrun from Software Center or with sudo apt-get install gmrun then use command gmrun from the terminal
  2. Compile gnome-run from source and run gnome-run from the terminal. Instructions here. [Editor's note: instruction page contains dead links.]

Unfortunately this is harder than it should be.

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I found another way to do it:

  1. Install the xautomation Install xautomation package
  2. Run this command: xte 'keydown Alt_L' 'key F2' 'keyup Alt_L'

Thanks htorque for the hint "keyboard/mouse input"

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In case of Mate Desktop use

mate-panel --run-dialog
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gnome-panel-control --run-dialog
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    You need to install gnome-panel-control to tun this command. – Pilot6 Jul 17 '17 at 18:25
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For LXDE/Lubuntu/LightDM, run lxpanelctl run in the terminal.

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bash -c "$(zenity --entry --title 'Enter a Command' --text '' --width 400)"
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    That will result in an error if the dialogue is cancelled. It would be better to capture the output of zenity and only proceed if it returned successfully: cmd="$(zenity --entry --title 'Enter a Command' --text '' --width 400)" && bash -c "$cmd" or even zenity --entry --title 'Enter a Command' --text '' --width 400 | bash. – David Foerster Mar 22 '18 at 19:29
  • On Ubuntu 18.04 the original command runs without error. Tested dialogue cancel, providing valid command, providing invalid command, and providing no command. Not sure why our systems are behaving differently. – TooManyPets Mar 23 '18 at 20:25

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