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Customize your Mate applets from your scripts' output

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Create dynamic Mate Panel applets very easily from the text output of your own scripts! This is a work-in-progress clone of Bitbar/Argos for Mate Desktop.

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Margos allows you to create desktop applets that you can put anywhere on the panel(s) and configure directly with gconf the same way other applets are configured. It therefore ignores meta-information based on script name. It is far from being done, but already outperforming the native mate command applet.


  • [x] Show command output on the panel

  • [x] Refresh every x seconds

  • [x] Display a list from further lines of output

  • [ ] Unlimited recursive submenus

  • [ ] Rotation of lines above

  • [ ] Line attributes and all subsequent features


Margos currently requires mate >= 1.18, i.e mate-panel migrated to gtk-3. Run mate-about –version to check your current version. You will also need Python 3.6+ and pip3 on your system.


  1. sudo pip3 install -U –system margos

  2. sudo margos install to make the applet available to the desktop

  3. killall mate-panel to restart the panel

To uninstall, make sure to clean the system files with sudo margos uninstall before removing the python package with pip3.


Once installed, simply add a new Margos applet on your panel. You can then right-click and set the command you wish to run in the “preferences” menu.

Full usage will come once the feature set gets decent

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