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Sawfish is described as 'extensible window manager using a Lisp-based scripting language. Its policy is very minimal compared to most window managers. Its aim is simply to manage windows in the most flexible and attractive manner possible' and is a Window Manager in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Sawfish for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is Dexpot. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Openbox or awesome. Other great apps like Sawfish are Preme for Windows, Xmonad, Qtile and Mission Control.

Sawfish alternatives are mainly Window Managers but may also be File Managers or Shell Extensions. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Sawfish.
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  1. Dexpot icon

    Dexpot

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    28 alternatives to Dexpot 

    Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista (incl. x64).

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    Discontinued

    Dead app. 3 years since the last update. Not compatible with current version of Windows. See changelog: http://www.dexpot.de/?id=changelog

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  2. Openbox icon

    Openbox

    • Linux
    • BSD
    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.

    BlackWhite theme by lyrae @ box-look.org


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    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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    Preme for Windows

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    57 alternatives to Preme for Windows 

    Preme is a free software for Windows which lets you add cool desktop features and enhances the desktop functionality.

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    quick window
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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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    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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  7. Mission Control icon

    Mission Control

    26 alternatives to Mission Control 

    Mission Control, formerly Exposé, is a feature of the OS X operating system.

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    Raskin

    11 alternatives to Raskin 

    Experience Raskin's unique bird's eye view to browse and manage your pictures, presentations, PDFs…

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    Bluetile

    55 alternatives to Bluetile 

    Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire screen without overlapping.

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    Discontinued

    The last commit on this software is ten years ago and the GNOME desktop has moved on. Notably, it is now difficult to replace the default window manager in GNOME.

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  10. KWin

    • Linux
    • BSD
    35 alternatives to KWin 

    KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is an integral part, and the default window manager of the Plasma Workspaces, but it can also be used on its own or with other desktop environments.

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    KWin's desktop cube.
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