JWM Alternatives

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

    This page was last updated Jun 28, 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. 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: #xmonad@irc.libera.chat
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    4. 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.


      • 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. 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. yabai started as a C99 rewrite of chunkwm, originally supposed to be its first RC version.
    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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      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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