Pdmenu is a full screen menuing system for Unix. It is designed to be easy to use, and is suitable as a login shell for inexperienced users, or it can just be ran at the command line as a handy menu.

Pdmenu features color support and GPM mouse support at the Linux console. It was developed on Linux, and has now been compiled on many other unixes without problems.

I was prompted to write Pdmenu when I took a look at a shell script that used dialog to generate similar menus. The shell script was huge, complicated, and ugly, and had to be modified manually to add anything to the menu. I hope that Pdmenu is better.


version 1.3.6

pdmenu 1.3.6 released with these changes

  • Fix build with gcc 10. Thanks, Fabrice Fontaine.
version 1.3.5

pdmenu 1.3.5 released with these changes

  • Added --borderspace/-b option, which uses spaces rather than line drawing characters around the menu. Mostly useful for screen readers, also perhaps a more modern look. Thanks to Storm Dragon for suggesting this feature.
  • Added missing documentation for --superhot/-s to man page.
  • Update my email address.


There is a pdmenu package in Debian, and source can also be downloaded from git (git://git.joeyh.name/pdmenu).

Currently the best place to download the tarball is from http://packages.debian.org/unstable/source/pdmenu

For CentOS and SUSE, there are packages here: http://software.opensuse.org/search?baseproject=ALL&exclude_debug=true&lang=en&p=1&q=pdmenu

Amazingly, pdmenu was my first C program!