i3 Alternatives

    i3 is described as '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' and is a popular app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to i3 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows and FreeBSD. The best alternative is Openbox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like i3 are awesome (Free, Open Source), Sway (Free, Open Source), Xmonad (Free, Open Source) and bug.n (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 3, 2021

      • 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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      Openbox vs i3 opinions
      Some users think Openbox is a great alternative to i3, some don't.
      GeorgeIsHappy Openbox is great but it is not a tiling window manager.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    1. 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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    2. 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.
      Sway vs i3 opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      onkoe I like Sway, but it is not much of an alternative to i3 unless you're switching over to Wayland as well.
      Comment 25 days ago

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    3. 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.
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    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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      dwm is a 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.
    5. 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 float certain applications.
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    6. 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.
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