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Package zenity provides cross-platform access to simple dialogs that interact graphically with the user. It is inspired by, and closely follows the API of, the zenity program, which it uses to provide the functionality on various Unixes. See: This package does not require cgo, and it does not impose any threading or initialization requirements.


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Zenity dialogs for Golang, Windows and macOS

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This repo includes:

  • a cross-platform Go package providing Zenity-like dialogs (simple dialogs that interact graphically with the user)
  • a “port” of the zenity command to both Windows and macOS based on that library.

Implemented dialogs:

Behavior on Windows, macOS and other Unixes might differ slightly. Some of that is intended (reflecting platform differences), other bits are unfortunate limitations.


The Go package:

go get

The zenity command on macOS/WSL using Homebrew 🍺:

brew install ncruces/tap/zenity

The zenity command on Windows using Scoop 🍨:

scoop install

The zenity command on macOS/Windows, if you have Go:

go install

Or download the latest release.


For the Go package, consult the documentation and examples.

The zenity command does its best to be compatible with the GNOME version.
Consult the documentation and man page of that command.


Benefits of the Go package:
  • no cgo (see benefits, mostly cross-compilation)
  • no main loop (or any other threading or initialization requirements)
  • cancelation through context
  • on Windows:
    • no additional dependencies
      • Explorer shell not required
      • works in Server Core
    • Unicode support
    • High DPI (no manifest required)
    • Visual Styles (no manifest required)
    • WSL/Cygwin/MSYS2 support
  • on macOS:
    • only dependency is osascript
  • on other Unixes:
    • wraps either one of zenity, matedialog, qarma


I'd like to thank all contributors, but @gen2brain in particular for dlgs, which was instrumental to the Windows port of zenity.


Last updated on 03 Aug 2023

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