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Handle native Context Menu in Tauri

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Tauri Plugin Context Menu

A Tauri plugin to display native context menu on Tauri v1.x. The Tauri API does not support native context menu out of the box, so this plugin is created to fill the gap.


Official context menu support has been added in Tauri v2.x (see here), so this plugin is intended to be used with Tauri v1.x only.


Windows MacOS Linux


Crate: https://crates.io/crates/tauri-plugin-context-menu

cargo add tauri-plugin-context-menu to add the package.

Or add the following to your Cargo.toml for the latest unpublished version (not recommanded).

tauri-plugin-context-menu = { git = "https://github.com/c2r0b/tauri-plugin-context-menu", branch = "main" }

See "Using a Plugin" Tauri official guide to initialize the plugin.

This project provides a typescript utility to simplify the usage of the plugin. Run the following to install the JavaScript/TypeScript package:

 npm i tauri-plugin-context-menu

Run Example

A vanilla JS example is provided in examples/vanilla.
After npm install, to run the example use the following command:

npm run examples/vanilla

A typescript example using the utility package is provided in examples/ts-utility instead. You can run it with the same command as above (replace examples/vanilla with examples/ts-utility).

Sample Usage

Without the JS/TS Package

import { invoke } from "@tauri-apps/api";
import { listen } from "@tauri-apps/api/event";
import { resolveResource } from "@tauri-apps/api/path";

// Listen to the event emitted when the first menu item is clicked
listen("item1clicked", (event) => {

window.addEventListener("contextmenu", async (e) => {
    const iconUrl = await resolveResource('assets/16x16.png');

    // Show the context menu
    invoke("plugin:context_menu|show_context_menu", {
        items: [
                label: "Item 1",
                disabled: false,
                event: "item1clicked",
                payload: "Hello World!",
                shortcut: "ctrl+M",
                icon: {
                    path: iconUrl
                subitems: [
                        label: "Subitem 1",
                        disabled: true,
                        event: "subitem1clicked",
                        is_separator: true,
                        label: "Subitem 2",
                        disabled: false,
                        event: "subitem2clicked",

With the JS/TS Package

import { showMenu } from "tauri-plugin-context-menu";

    pos: {...} // Position of the menu (see below for options)
    items: [
            ..., // Menu item (see below for options)
            event: () => {
                // Do something

You can also use it to respond to window events with the onEventShowMenu function:

import { onEventShowMenu } from "tauri-plugin-context-menu";
onEventShowMenu("contextmenu", (e) => ({ /* menuOptions */ }));


List of options that can be passed to the plugin.

Option Type Description
items MenuItem[] List of menu items to be displayed.
pos Position Position of the menu. Defaults to the cursor position.


Option Type Optional Default Description JS/TS pkg
label string Displayed test of the menu item.
disabled boolean optional false Whether the menu item is disabled.
event string optional Event name to be emitted when the menu item is clicked. You can pass a function to be executed instead of an event name.
payload string optional Payload to be passed to the event. You can pass any type of data.
subitems MenuItem[] optional [] List of sub menu items to be displayed.
shortcut string optional Keyboard shortcut displayed on the right.
icon MenuItemIcon optional Icon to be displayed on the left.
is_separator boolean optional false Whether the menu item is a separator.


Option Type Optional Default Description JS/TS pkg
path string Absolute path to the icon file. You can use assetToPath to convert a relative path to an absolute path.
width number optional 16 Width of the icon.
height number optional 16 Height of the icon.


Position coordinates must be relative to the currently active window when is_absolute is set to false.

Option Type Optional Default Description
x number X position of the menu.
y number Y position of the menu.
is_absolute boolean optional false Is the position absolute to the screen.

Modifier Keys

Modifier keys can be used in the shortcut option of a menu item to display the corresponding symbol (, , , ).

On MacOS this also makes the shortcut work when the modifier key is pressed (since it is handled by default by the OS).

Key codes list


  • cmd
  • cmd_or_ctrl (Alias for cmd and ctrl)
  • shift
  • alt
  • ctrl
  • opt (Alias for alt)
  • altgr
  • super
  • win
  • meta


  • plus
  • space
  • tab
  • capslock
  • numlock
  • scrolllock
  • backspace
  • delete
  • insert
  • return
  • enter
  • up
  • down
  • left
  • right
  • home
  • end
  • pageup
  • pagedown
  • escape
  • esc
  • num0...9
  • numdec
  • numadd
  • numsub
  • nummult
  • numdiv
  • f1...24


Item Clicked

Emitted when a menu item is clicked. The event name is the same as the event option of the menu item:

import { listen } from "@tauri-apps/api/event";
import { invoke } from "@tauri-apps/api";

listen("[EVENTNAME]", () => {
    alert("menu item clicked");

    items: [{
        event: "[EVENTNAME]",

Menu Did Close

Emitted when the menu is closed. This event is emitted regardless of whether the menu is closed by clicking on a menu item or by clicking outside the menu.
You can catch this event using the following code:

import { listen } from "@tauri-apps/api/event";

listen("menu-did-close", () => {
    alert("menu closed");


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