Jul 20, 2023

Output simple text to a Wayland desktop widget

Wayout takes text from standard input and outputs it to a desktop-widget on Wayland desktops. Periodic updates are supported; e.g. newline-separated input or any other delimiter of choice. We call this a feed. The desktop widget can be shown either on top OSD-like functionality or below other windows.

A Wayland compositor must implement the Layer-Shell and XDG-Output for wayout to work.


  • Allow updating from standard input at a regular interval; custom delimiters
  • Configurable colours/border/position/fonts
  • Supports the pango markup language for text markup/colours.

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