cdialog 1.2-20140112

This CLI software allows users to display messages and other data using dialog boxes
cdialog - The Help message of the cdialog program, as viewed from the Linux command-line
  3 Screenshots
cdialog is an open source and totally free command-line software that allows you to display messages or present a variety of questions on a graphical desktop environment using dialog boxes, directly from the shell prompt.

Features at a glance

The software has been engineered to implement various types of dialog boxes, including calendar, file-selection, checklist, gauge, input, info, menu, radiolist, message, tailbox, time, yes/no, and text. A reduced version of dialog exists under the lxdialog name, which is used in the Linux kernel configuration.

Getting started with cdialog

The application is available for download as a universal sources archive, which will allow you to optimize it for either 32-bit or 64-bit computer platforms. Debian and Red Hat packages can also be found on the project’s homepage, along with FreeBSD ports.

To install this software on your computer, you must first download the latest source tarball from Softpedia, save it on a location of your choice, extract the archive and open a terminal emulator. Navigate to the location of the extracted files and type the “./configure && make” command (without quotes) to configure and compile the project.

After compilation, the program will output a binary file called "dialog." This is the actual program and it can be used only via the command-line shell in any supported GNU/Linux distribution or another UNIX-like environment.

Command-line options

The “dialog” command has a wide range of options, which can be used when attempting to create dialog boxes. Users should use the “box” option to define what type of dialog box they want to generate.

Available box options include calendar, gauge, menu, message box, mixed form, input menu, checklist, edit box, form, info box, fselect, password box, program box, progress box, radio list, text box, treeview, time box, range box, pause, yesno, and built list.

Reviewed by , last updated on October 17th, 2014

license type:
LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License) 
developed by:
Savio Lam
ROOT \ Multimedia \ Graphics
Download Button

In a hurry? Add it to your Download Basket!

softpedia rating


user rating 21



Rate it!
What's New in This Release:
  • improve calculation for amount to scroll in programbox when an "Ok" button might obscure part of the data (report by Florent Rougon).
  • modify program to permit --separate-output to be used with buildlist and treeview widgets (report by Florent Rougon).
  • add list-height parameter to manpage description of --buildlist (report by Florent Rougon).
  • minor fixes to dialog.1 manpage; the reported problem was actually fixed in 20120703 (Debian #726233, patch by Bjarni Ingi Gislason).
read full changelog
3 Screenshots
cdialog - Command-line usage of the cdialog software, as viewed from the Linux Terminalcdialog - The usage message of the cdialog app, as viewed from the command-line

Application description

cdialog is a free and open source command-line software that can be used by both end-users and developers to display m...

Add your review!