Launcher that combines modes/tagging of subtle with a browser search bar.


Make sure that levenshtein.rb is also in the PATH otherwise launcher will not work


  • Call methods defined in your subtle config
  • Search for stuff via Google (Chrome/Opera/Firefox)
  • Point your browser directly to an uri
  • Launch programs in path
  • Create tags on the fly with #tag
  • Create views on the fly with @view
  • Set modes on the fly with + = full, ^ = float and * = stick
  • Tab completion for programs, views, tags and methods


Keys Action
Up, Down Cycle through history (per runtime)
ESC 1) Hide/exit launcher 2) Stop reverse history search
Enter Run command
^R Start reverse history search


Currently there is no package available and you need either to clone the repository:

hg clone

Or download the latest archive:

These scripts may work, if you encounter any problems please ask in the usual places.


Either call it like ruby launcher.rb from commandline or add following loader and grab to your subtle config.

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 2   require "#{ENV["HOME"]}/path/to/launcher.rb" 
 3 rescue LoadError => error
 4   puts error
 5 end
 7 grab "W-x" do
 9 end


Per default, the launcher uses fixed as font and loads entries from /usr/bin. This can be changed after requiring the launcher.rb and before running it for the first time.


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 2   require "#{ENV["HOME"]}/path/to/launcher.rb" 
 4   # Set fonts
 5   Subtle::Contrib::Launcher.fonts = [
 6     "xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=80:antialias=true",
 7     "xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=12:antialias=true" 
 8   ]
 9 rescue LoadError => error
10   puts error
11 end


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2   require "#{ENV["HOME"]}/path/to/launcher.rb" 
4   # Set paths
5   Subtle::Contrib::Launcher.paths = [ "/usr/bin", "~/bin" ]
6 rescue LoadError => error
7   puts error
8 end


Insert Description
:urxvt Call methods defined in the config
g subtle wm Change to browser view and search for subtle wm via Google
urxvt @editor Open urxvt on view @editor with dummy tag
urxvt @editor #work Open urxvt on view @editor with tag work
urxvt #work Open urxvt and tag with tag work
urxvt -urgentOnBell Open urxvt with the urgentOnBell option
+urxvt Open urxvt and set full mode
^urxvt Open urxvt and set floating mode
*urxvt Open urxvt and set sticky mode
urx<hit tab> Open urxvt (tab completion)