dwm Alternatives

    dwm is described as 'dynamic window manager for X. It manages windows in tiled, monocle and floating layouts. All of the layouts can be applied dynamically, optimising the environment for the application in use and the task performed' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to dwm for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows and PC-BSD. The best alternative is i3, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like dwm are Openbox (Free, Open Source), awesome (Free, Open Source), Sway (Free, Open Source) and bug.n (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 4, 2021

    1. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

      Discontinued

      No actively developed anymore. Last commit was in 2015.

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    2. awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license.
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    3. Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3's features, plus a few extras.
    4. bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.
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    5. yabai started as a C99 rewrite of chunkwm, originally supposed to be its first RC version.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • C++
      Fluxbox is a window manager 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 licensed under the MIT license.
    6. 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 screen without overlapping.

      Discontinued

      The last commit on this software is ten years ago and the GNOME desktop has moved on. Notably, it is now difficult to replace the default window manager in GNOME.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.
    7. 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.
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