Open Source i3 Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to i3 is Openbox. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to i3 and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to i3 are awesome (Free, Open Source), Sway (Free, Open Source), Xmonad (Free, Open Source) and dwm (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 12, 2021

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


      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 almost 2 years ago

    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 3 months ago

    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. IRC channel:
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    4. 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. bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.
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    6. A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.
    7. 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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    8. yabai started as a C99 rewrite of chunkwm, originally supposed to be its first RC version.
    9. 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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