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Compiz Alternatives

Compiz is described as 'compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view' and is a very popular Window Manager in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Compiz for Windows, Mac, Linux and BSD. The best alternative is Contexts. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Hyperswitch or VistaSwitcher. Other great apps like Compiz are Witch, Nimi Visuals, KWin and WindowFX.

Compiz alternatives are mainly Window Managers but may also be File Managers or Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Compiz.
This page was last updated Jun 27, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

Compiz is a compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the...

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  1. Contexts

    • Mac

    Switch between application windows effortlessly – with a click, a quick gesture, keyboard shortcuts or search; no matter how many of them you have open; even on multiple spaces & multiple displays.

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  2. Witch

    • Mac

    Witch lets you access all of your windows by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles.



  3. Hyperswitch

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    HyperSwitch provides a compelling alternative to HyperDock for keyboard junkies.

  4. VistaSwitcher

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.5, released in May 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  5. Nimi Visuals

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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), physics (e.g.

    Discontinued

    It says that it has automatically stopped production.

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    It has a lot of animations for windows.

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  6. KWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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 other desktop environments.

  7. WindowFX

    • Windows

    Revolutionize your operating system with WindowFX. Utilize an unprecedented number of special effects for your windows and maximize your computing experience.

  8. Command-Tab Plus

    • Mac

    Command-Tab Plus Is a Powerful and Customizable macOS App’s and Windows SwitcherCommand-Tab Plus is designed to help you switch between apps and windows in a faster and more convenient way. A great alternative for Mac App’s switcher.

  9. Application Launcher, improved Dock for macOS, alternative to Apple Dock, uBar, HyperDock.

  10. xfdashboard

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    xfdashboard provides a GNOME shell dashboard like interface for use with the Xfce desktop.

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