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i3

A dynamic tiling window manager designed for X11, inspired by wmii, and written in C.

  • Linux
  • BSD
Avg rating of 4.8 (5)| 5 comments

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i3 with VIM, git, MPlayer, i3bar
dzen2, VIM, bash, top
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i3pystatus, mpd, watson time tracker, nerd fonts
i3wm: Jump Start (1/3)
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  • LicensingOpen Source (BSD-3-Clause) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.8
  • Alternatives41 alternatives listed

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  • English

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  •  7,999 Stars
  •  714 Forks
  •  319 Open Issues
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Our users have written 5 comments and reviews about i3, and it has gotten 66 likes

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desgua
  
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Fast, well documented, easy to learn and configure.

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Best tiling windows manager on the planet period! If you have multiple monitors, this is WM to have and use.

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Lunatica
  
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PROS

  • probably the easiest dynamic window manager while also being feature-rich.
  • defaults are ok to begin with
  • very good documentation for users
  • very and easily customizable
  • has all the major container layouts out of the box: tiling, tabbed, stacked, floating
  • plust it has the very useful scratchpad (and sticking of windows)
  • resource usage is ok
  • has good performance
  • you can create customizable layouts

CONS

  • there are some annoying bugs related to the layouts
  • no way to restore sessions; however it's possible to create the customizable layouts (which has some degree of automation but still needs manual intervention) to sort of try and recreate those sessions
  • it will die with Xorg
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coralof
  
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I was skeptical at first of how well a tiling window manager would work, but decided to give it a try (with a base Debian MATE environment), and it has worked surprisingly well, allowed for every customization that I've needed, and has greatly improved the speed of my workflow. Color me impressed!

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moitulok10
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It's the best tiling window manager for my needs. Great documentation. Great config file syntax. Great performance.

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