I use recently discovered zathura and I like it a lot. I use it now to check the documents from emacs/AUCTeX like:

(setq TeX-view-program-list '(("zathura" "zathura --page=%(outpage) %o")))

Which is the same, for example, as:

$ zathura --page=12

I would like to launch zathura maximized and / or fullscreen and to page-width zoom.

Is there an option to do that?


--mode fullscreen. It isn't in the man file, for whatever reason.

  • Do you know how to put it in the zathurarc file?
    – Luis
    Aug 15 '18 at 12:26
  • One thing you could try, if you have xdg-utils installed (I think this would probably be a default on Ubuntu) is change your zathura.desktop file (probably in ~/.local/share/applications), and add --mode fullscreen to the "Exec" line. This means that you're going to have to use xdg-open setting the application/pdf mime default to zathura, instead of zathura as-is. And being as hacky a solution as it is, I don't think it'll work well for what you're going for.
    – Staniel
    Aug 19 '18 at 4:11
  • Ok, I'll look for a place to put that line in. Thanks!
    – Luis
    Aug 19 '18 at 14:29

I put this alias in my ~/.bashrc to make zathura always open in full screen mode:

    alias zathura='zathura --mode fullscreen'

The Zathura documentation HERE says this:

“The customization of zathura is managed via a configuration file called zathurarc.”

The documentation is extensive and if you know how to edit the configuration file, you should be in good shape… And, yes, you can have it open maximized and set to page width.

  • 1
    Have you found the command for maximizing the window? I just found window-height and window-width so far.
    – Luis
    Jul 14 '16 at 9:18
  • Sorry, my mistake. I saw “fullscreen” but it was under mapping shortcut keys not opening arguments.
    – bashBedlam
    Jul 14 '16 at 16:09

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