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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 Window Manager 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 GNOME, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like i3 are awesome, Openbox, Sway and dwm.

i3 alternatives are mainly Window Managers but may also be Desktop Environments. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of i3.
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i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager with clean, readable and documented code, featuring extended Xinerama support, usage...

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  1. GNOME icon

    GNOME

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    25 alternatives to GNOME 

    GNOME 3 has been designed from the ground up to help you have the best possible computing experience. Learn about what it has to offer.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNOME can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    awesome

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    45 alternatives to 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.

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    Openbox

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    40 alternatives to Openbox 

    Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

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    Discontinued

    No actively developed anymore. Last commit was in 2015.

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    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.

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    Sway

    40 alternatives to Sway 

    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.

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    onkoe

    I like Sway, but it is not much of an alternative to i3 unless you're switching over to Wayland as well.

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    dwm

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    33 alternatives to dwm 

    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.

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    1.  Lightweightdwm consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Xmonad

    • Mac
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    42 alternatives to 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.

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    IceWM

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    33 alternatives to IceWM 

    IceWM is a Window Manager for X Window System. It is fast and memory-efficient, and it provides many different looks including Windows'95, OS/2 Warp 3,4, Motif.

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    bspwm

    39 alternatives to bspwm 

    A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.

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    yabai

    63 alternatives to yabai 

    yabai started as a C99 rewrite of chunkwm, originally supposed to be its first RC version.

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    JWM

    37 alternatives to JWM 

    JWM is a light-weight window manager for the X11 Window System. JWM is written in C and uses only Xlib at a minimum. Because of its small footprint, JWM makes a good window manager for older computers and less powerful systems, such as the .

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    1.  LightweightJWM consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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