X11 Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to X11 for Linux, Mac, Software as a Service (SaaS), Windows, Web and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of apps similar to X11.

The X.Org project provides an open source implementation of the X Window System. The development work is being done in conjunction with the freedesktop.org community. The X. If you're looking for more info about X11 like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 9/19/2014 8:46:00 AM

Alternatives to X11 for all platforms with any license

  • Wayland

    Wayland is intended as a simpler replacement for X, easier to develop and maintain. GNOME and KDE are expected to be ported to it. Wayland is a protocol for a compositor to talk to its clients as well as a C library implementation of that protocol. The compositor can be a standalone display server running on Linux kernel modesetting and evdev input devices, an X application, or a wayland client itself.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • XQuartz

    The XQuartz project is an open-source effort to develop a version of the X.org X Window System that runs on Mac OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the X11.app that Apple has shipped with OS X since version 10.5.

    • Discontinued
      Isn't updated since 2016

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • Mir

    The purpose of Mir is to enable the development of user interfaces shells. In the case of Ubuntu, Mir will be utilized by next generation Unity. In addition, Mir will be developed in a manner that will retain its flexibility and usability in order that shells other than Unity may employ it.

    Free Open Source Linux

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