May 26, 2018

Manual tiling window manager for X11

herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib. Its main features can be described with

  • The layout is based on splitting frames into subframes which can be split again or can be filled with windows similar to i3 or musca

  • Tags or workspaces, or virtual desktops can be added/removed at runtime. Each tag contains an own layout

  • Exactly one tag is viewed on each monitor. The tags are monitor independent similar to xmonad

  • It is configured at runtime via IPC calls from herbstclient. So the configuration file is just a script which is run on startup. Similar to wmii or musca

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