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Re-edit : R2-D2 and later releases will have this application.

In  this installation article we have explained you where to download the iso of ARCHLabs, how to install ARCHLabs and how to customize ARCHLabs. We went into detail about the essential parts of openbox like tint2, the conky and the openbox menu. We made also a tutorial how to change the look of ARCHLabs and so on.

In this article we will use one of the applications we installed via our scripts from this github i.e. obmenu-generator.

You know that I created the Sardi and Surf icons and having a menu with icons is something I wanted to try out. Obmenu-generator makes it very easy to create an openbox menu with icons. It comes with two “template” files in which we define how our menu should look like.

We can create a menu that is static or dynamic with or without icons So 4 possibilities. It will only change the menu.xml. Better make a backup of this one before you start.

If you did not follow the installation of the scripts you will need to install the application

packer obmenu-generator
yaourt obmenu-generator

Change the contents of


Follow the youtube tutorial to know more.


In a terminal you type the following line to make the obmenu-generated menu. This line will start everything!!

obmenu-generator -s -i

Reload openbox to see the new menu!

The advantage is that you can really see ALL applications in your menu.



Tip for Sardi icons

Obmenu-generator is looking for your theme in the .gtkrc-2.0 file. The icon theme in this file will be used. But as you know icons are inherited from the five core icon themes

  • Sardi
  • Sardi Flat
  • Sardi Mono
  • Sardi Flexible
  • Sardi Ghost Flexible

Obmenu-generator can not cope with the ‘inherits’ that is in the index.theme. I solved the issue by setting one of the core icon themes. Then create the icons and then change the theme back to one of the variants. It will remember the icons – they are coming from the cache file. Use lxappearance to change your icon theme and xfce4-appearance for the icons in the plank and in xfce.

Sardi Orb Colora

with Aureola Skeleton conky


Sardi Ghost

and new colour theme for the Aureola Shailen conky because of the nice wallpaper

with the Aureola Shailen conky with special colours : mosaique


Sardi Flat

with the Aureola Shailen conky



with the Aurola conky spotter


Sardi Flexible

with the conky Aureola Spotter