Openbox good companions - lesser known apps

Please share here interesting lesser known programs you use with Openbox.

Here mine favorites:

Note taking apps

Cherrytre (AUR) - hierarchical notes

yay -S cherrytree

Xpad - sticky notes

yay -S xpad

CLI apps

pyradio - cli radio player (preinstalled in Mabox)

newsboat - cli RSS/Atom feed reader

yay -S newsboat

File search, system cleaning

Not very usefull in fresh installation, but after few weeks/months indispensable for me :slight_smile:

FSearch - a fast file search utility (preinstalled in Mabox)

Bleachbit - deletes unneeded files

yay -S bleachbit

QDirStat (AUR)- visual directory statistics

yay -S qdirstat
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Note taking apps

Zim - nice notebook

sudo pacman -S zim

Rednotebook (AUR) - another notebook

yay -S rednotebook

Redshift - Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen

sudo pacman -S redshift

Tusk (Snap) - alternative client for Evernote

Install snap first

sudo pacman -S snapd


sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap


sudo snap install tusk

Look and Feel

Variety - wallpaper changer

sudo pacman -S variety
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My favorites is :

ncspot - A terminal spotify client that works perfectly . yay -S ncspot Require premium account

rtorrent-ps - Torrent client colorized with patches . yay -S rtorrent-ps

Termite-style , change colors,fonts in termite. Alot of themes and fonts

git clone GitHub - adi1090x/termite-style: Simple script to change color-schemes and fonts for Termite.
cd termite-style

bashtop system monitor, ranger filemanager, lolcat colorize everything in your terminal
yay -S bashtop ranger lolcat

curseradio-improved radio program for terminal (using pyradio also) GitHub - chronitis/curseradio: Command line radio player

Other than that i use Caprine (facebook messenger) and plex media player everytime i sit down with my box.


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Hi @Boxer,
Have you already tried bpytop?
From the same developer as bashtop but better :slight_smile:

yay bpytop

Hi. No i didn’t try it yet but it’s on it’s way :wink:

Some very nice and lightweight applications I use daily:


Meld - Meld is a visual diff and merge tool targeted at developers. Meld helps you compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. It provides two- and three-way comparison of both files and directories, and has support for many popular version control systems.

Meld helps you review code changes and understand patches. It might even help you to figure out what is going on in that merge you keep avoiding.

yay -S meld

Will be included soon by default, as mb-reset script will use it. is a drop-in replacement for notify-send (from libnotify) with ability to update and close existing notifications.
Available in Mabox repository - will come preinstalled with Mabox 21.06 Geralt

yay -S

Double Commander

Double Commander is a free cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.

yay -S doublecmd-gtk2
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I think meld is great, the only text comparison tool I need (other than, occasionally, diff).

For markdown text with preview typora takes some beating.

paru -S typora

Typora looks nice :slight_smile:
Recently I came across ShellPiper - very good tool to play/learn things like: awk, sed, grep, find, cut, sort, uniq and so on.

ShellPiper - The Piping Editor
ShellPiper is an editor for writing long pipe one-liners in the shell. Instead of tweaking a long pipe chain in the terminal, use ShellPiper to create and tweak it with ease (and caching!).

Light weight terminal File Manager:
-Midnight Commander

sudo pacman -S midnight commander


paru -S Ranger

Midnight Commander (package name mc) comes preinstalled with Mabox.
Worth to read…

Copy and paste to install ranger:

yay -S ranger


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Thanks for the heads up :blush:
For midnight commander I installed him some time ago so I didn’t checked ,I will pay more attention :wink:

I found ranger in the community repo. I just used

sudo pacman -S ranger

Those two commands do exactly the same thing. Less typing with yay :slight_smile:

Yay is a Pacman wrapper with AUR support. It passes options to Makepkg and Pacman after resolving packages to install/upgrade.

Oh, now I learned something new. I’m very new to ArchLinux, Manjaro, etc
I was in Debian’s world for almost 20 years. Time to change!

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I remember fancy terminal+ file manager
eDEX-UI was very interesting !
To read more>

To install it yay -S eDEX-UI
Have fun :grin: