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  • Openbox icon

    Openbox

    Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support. The *box visual style is well known for its minimalistic appearance. Openbox uses the *box visual style, while providing a greater...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • i3 icon

    i3

    i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager with clean, readable and documented code, featuring extended Xinerama support, usage of libxcb instead of xlib and several improvements over wmii.

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Lumina Desktop Environment icon

    Lumina Desktop Environment

    Lumina is a lightweight, BSD licensed, standards-compliant desktop environment based upon Qt and Fluxbox. It is being developed on PC-BSD, and is being packaged for distribution on the PC-BSD package repository as well

    Open Source Linux BSD PC-BSD

  • Bluetile icon

    Bluetile

    Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire...

    Open Source Linux

  • awesome icon

    awesome

    awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license. It is primarily targeted at power users, developers and any people dealing with...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Fluxbox icon

    Fluxbox

    Fluxbox is a windowmanager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code. It is very light on resources and easy to handle but yet full of features to make an easy, and extremely fast, desktop experience. It is built using C++ and...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • bspwm

    A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.

    Open Source Linux

  • Sway icon

    Sway

    Sway is a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager, but for Wayland instead of X11.

    Open Source Linux

  • spectrwm icon

    spectrwm

    spectrwm is a small dynamic tiling window manager for X11. It tries to stay out of the way so that valuable screen real estate can be used for much more important stuff. It has sane defaults and does not require one to learn a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Phoenix icon

    Phoenix

    Phoenix is a lightweight OS X window and app manager scriptable with JavaScript. You can also easily use languages which compile to JavaScript such as CoffeeScript. Phoenix aims for efficiency and a very small footprint. If you like...

    Open Source Mac GitHub

  • wmii icon

    wmii

    wmii is a small, dynamic window manager for X11. It is scriptable, has a 9p filesystem interface and supports classic and tiling (acme-like) window management. It aims to maintain a small and clean (read hackable and beautiful)...

    Open Source Linux

  • herbstluftwm icon

    herbstluftwm

    herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    pekwm

    pekwm is a window manager that once up on a time was based on the aewm++ window manager, but it has evolved enough that it no longer resembles aewm++ at all. It has a much expanded feature-set, including window grouping (similar to...

    Open Source Linux

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    WMFS²

    WMFS² is a lightweight and highly configurable tiling window manager for X written in C. WMFS² is a free software distributed under the BSD license. It can be driven from keyboard or mouse and its configuration stands in one...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The last update on the GitHub repo (https://github.com/xorg62/wmfs) was on August 14th, 2013. The official website is no longer accessible, but has been archived by Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20141218125810/http://wmfs.info/
  • qtile icon

    qtile

    Qtile is a full-featured, hackable tiling window manager written in Python. Qtile is simple, small, and extensible. It's easy to write your own layouts, widgets, and built-in commands. Qtile is written and configured...

    Open Source Linux

  • Ratpoison icon

    Ratpoison

    Ratpoison is a simple window manager with no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no rodent dependence. The screen can be split into non-overlapping frames. All windows are kept maximized inside...

    Open Source Linux

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