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Openbox Alternatives

Openbox is described as 'highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support' and is a popular Window Manager in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Openbox 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 Openbox are awesome, Sway, dwm and Xmonad.

Openbox 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 Openbox.
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  1. i3 icon

    i3

    • Linux
    • BSD
    41 alternatives to i3 

    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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    i3 with VIM, git, MPlayer, i3bar
    dzen2, VIM, bash, top
  2. awesome icon

    awesome

    • Linux
    • BSD
    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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  3. Sway icon

    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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  4. dwm icon

    dwm

    • Linux
    • BSD
    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
    • Linux
    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

    • Linux
    • BSD
    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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    Fluxbox

    • Linux
    • BSD
    • C++
    38 alternatives to Fluxbox 

    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.

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    fluxbox with a custom theme
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    Wayfire

    • Linux
    • FreeBSD
    43 alternatives to Wayfire 

    Wayfire is a 3D Wayland compositor, inspired by Compiz and based on wlroots. It aims to create a customizable, extendable and lightweight environment without sacrificing its appearance.

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    yabai

    64 alternatives to yabai 

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

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    Qtile

    40 alternatives to Qtile 

    A full-featured, hackable tiling window manager written and configured in Python.

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    1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsQtile supports the use of multiple displays.
    2.  Support for scriptingQtile supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  Command line interfaceQtile either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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