Alternatives to Sawfish for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Desktop

Development

Indie / Classic

Other Platforms

  • Dexpot icon

    Dexpot

    Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista...

    Free Personal Windows

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    WinSplit Revolution

    WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 11.04, released on April 12, 2011, can be still downloaded from Download.com
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    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

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    Preme for Windows

    Preme is a free software for Windows which lets you add cool desktop features and enhances the desktop functionality. Key features: # Touch the corners of your desktop to push shortcut key or open any file or hide an active...

    Free Windows

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    TotalSpaces

    TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion An easy to use 2D grid of desktops, inspired by the implementation OS X Snow Leopard. Navigate using the cursor keys, choose your transitions, and quickly access a birds eye view of...

    Commercial Mac Spaces

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    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

  • Nimi Visuals icon

    Nimi Visuals

    Adds eye-candy effects to windows (and start menu) like deformations (e.g: jelly windows - that makes moved window wiggle like being made from jelly; or fold - which hides windows by folding up horizontally, and unfolds when showing)...

    Free Windows

  • KWin

    KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is an integral part, and the default window manager of the Plasma Workspaces, but it can also be used on its own or with...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Chameleon Window Manager icon

    Chameleon Window Manager

    Chameleon Window Manager will allow you to control the windows of your programs using customizable buttons added to the title bars of the windows (Always on Top, Minimize to Tray, Minimize to Caption, Specify Transparency, Position...

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

  • Mission Control icon

    Mission Control

    Mission Control, formerly Exposé, is a feature of the OS X operating system. Mission Control lets you view all open windows with a single keystroke: it unshuffles overlapping windows on your desktop into an organized tile...

    Commercial Mac

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    Virtuoz

    Virtuoz was designed to be a minimal and robust program that allows to have more than one desktop on Windows. It was inspired by Sysinternals Desktops, but uses a different approach, which doesn’t impose the limitations which Desktops...

    Free Windows

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    mDesktop

    mDesktop is a lightweight application that allows the user to utilize multiple virtual desktops. Also, mDesktop integrates with Hotcorners. mDesktop currently supports up to ten virtual desktops. Instructions: Holding...

    Open Source Windows

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    Emcee

    Emcee gives you a better way: one customizable keystroke or hot-corner gesture, or a tap on an icon brings up live thumbnail views of all your apps, both desktop and Windows Store, in one convenient, easy to manage view. Emcee is a...

    Commercial Windows

  • WinNumpad Position icon

    WinNumpad Position

    WinNumpad Positioner is a lightweight and snappy Windows management tool that repositions Windows using simple Windows Key + Numpad combinations.

    Free Windows

  • 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

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    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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    Raskin

    Inspired by Jef Raskin, our zoomable user interface shows you all the stuff on your computer on a single surface. Using zoom and pan to view, arrange and open documents feels so right. In minutes you’ll appreciate the simplicity and...

    Commercial Mac

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    Winflip

    WinFlip emulates Windows Vistas "Flip 3D" effect for Windows XP. Using the hotkey of your choice, you can find the window youre looking for in a fast, clean 3D interface.

    Free Windows

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  • Real Desktop icon

    Real Desktop

    Real Desktop: The desktop embellishment for your PC! Real Desktop is a 3D animated multi desktop manager and the perfect tool to replace your wallpaper. Do you want use the full range of functions now? Then choose now for Real...

    Freemium Windows

  • Deskpose NXT

    The ultimate desktop organizer. DeskPose NXT helps you to find your applications fast, organize your desktop and become more productive. Too many open windows? Stop findind! Start Exposing! We know that you have to work with...

    Commercial Windows

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    Topdesk

    TopDesk radically reduces the time you spend switching between tasks by giving you the ability to quickly find the window you want from a thumbnail view. Swiftly select a window from an Expose-like or Flip3D-like view thumbnail...

    Commercial Windows

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    PowerResizer

    PowerResizer is a utility that provides many facilities in moving or resizing windows in a Microsoft Windows desktop environment. One of the key-features of PowerResizer is window-docking: with PowerResizer you can organize your...

    Open Source Windows

  • Optimal Layout icon

    Optimal Layout

    Optimal Layout is a powerful Mac OS X application for managing your applications windows. Optimal Layout gives you keyboard shortcuts to instantly organize your windows and simple ways to layout windows with your mouse.

    Commercial Mac

  • 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

  • goScreen icon

    goScreen

    GoScreen is truly indispensable tool on any Microsoft Windows computer. It creates a number of virtual pages on the monitor screen. When a program is started, it is placed on the current - "active" screen page. When one...

    Commercial Windows

  • Splitview icon

    Splitview

    SplitView enables dual monitor usage with Remote Desktop and widescreen monitors. SplitView also lets you take full advantage of your widescreen or high resolution monitor by enabling you to work with multiple applications at the...

    Commercial Windows

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