Alternatives to IceWM for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Desktop

Indie / Classic

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Sway icon

    Sway

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

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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

  • Amethyst icon

    Amethyst

    Amethyst is a tiling window manager for Mac similar to the xmonad tiling window manager popular on Linux. Amethyst is written in Objective-C and has configurable shortcuts, multi-monitor support, multiple layouts, and the option to...

    Open Source Mac

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  • bspwm

    A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Xmonad icon

    Xmonad

    xmonad is a dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell. In a normal WM, you spend half your time aligning and searching for windows. xmonad makes work easier, by automating this.

    Open Source Mac Linux

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  • 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

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  • 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 icon

    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

  • 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

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    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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