cabal-query VS xmobar

Compare cabal-query vs xmobar and see what are their differences.


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cabal-query xmobar
0 33
2 781
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0.0 8.7
over 11 years ago about 1 month ago
Haskell Haskell
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of xmobar. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-02-03.
  • Xmobar update on keypress and hiding windows
    1 project | | 10 Jul 2022
    Updating statusbar modules(like brightness or volume) only on keypress instead of timeout. Didn't find much about this for xmobar. Looked into Github issue but didn't understand exactly how to implement it
  • AUR VCS package has changed version overnight (xmobar-git)
    1 project | | 17 May 2022
    Recently I have installed the xmobar-git AUR package, you can find it here: It correctly installed the latest version, last git commit (xmobar-git 0.43.r5.g289271f-1) from the git repo here.
  • Strange colons in XMobar
    2 projects | | 3 Feb 2022
    Strange. I probably won't have time to look into this today, but I will look into it this weekend if it's still happening. The lead maintainer is nice and responsive. Feel free to make an issue at
  • Recommend packages for a WM Setup
    5 projects | | 8 Dec 2021
    I use Sakura for terminals, xmobar for info, nemo) as the file manager, flameshot to grab screenshots, picom for transparency, notify-osd for showing notifications, xscreensaver to blank/lock the screen, redshift to set brightness/adjust color, x-on-resize to handle connecting screens, and parcellite for clipboards.
  • Issue with writeShellScriptBin and writeScriptBin
    1 project | | 20 Nov 2021
    Code: `` trayer-padding-icon = pkgs.writeScriptBin "" '' #!/bin/sh # Copied from # Detects the width of running trayer-srg window (xprop name 'panel') # and creates an XPM icon of that width, 1px height, and transparent. # Outputs an -tag for use in xmobar to display the generated # XPM icon. # # Run script from xmobar: #Run Com "/where/ever/" [] "trayerpad" 10 # and use%trayerpad%` in your template.
  • ?trayer padding in haskell
    1 project | | 25 Oct 2021
    That's a bit unfortunate, but I think adding something like to xmobar's format would be a good idea. You might want to mention that as an alternative in so jaor has the full picture and can let us know what he thinks about it all. Perhaps just link to this discussion.
  • Stalonetray dynamically sizing xmobar
    1 project | | 14 Oct 2021
    I followed 4.1.2 Dynamically sizing xmobar in and it works with 1 monitor, but with 2 monitors the tray is in the wrong place
  • How to build an xmobar config from from a haskell source file?
    5 projects | | 31 Aug 2021
    I can't build the project. configure: error: X11 libraries not found, so X11 package cannot be built Ok, so I went to xmobar's repo and installed all their stack.yaml dependencies via nix and X11 still fails to build.
    5 projects | | 31 Aug 2021
    I've always just used the plain textfile option for configuring xmobar. This works out of the box with nixos, but now I want to use a haskell source file like shown here and import arbitrary haskell libraries.
    5 projects | | 31 Aug 2021
    The ah-xmobar built by NixOS doesn't display. I'm now reasonably convinced that the xmobar library provided by nixpkgs was not compiled with the necessary flags to support my config. Reason being that: - Compiled ah-xmobar using NixOS pre-compiled xmobar library doesn't work with xmobar's example hs config. - Compiled ah-xmobar using NixOS pre-compiled xmobar library works with a config that uses commands = [] and template = "%uname%". - Compiled ah-xmobar using custom compiled xmobar library with the +all_extensions flag works for any configuration.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing cabal-query and xmobar you can also consider the following projects:

taffybar - A gtk based status bar for tiling window managers such as XMonad

ranger - A VIM-inspired filemanager for the console

xmonad-dbus - XMonad DBus monitor application and library to easily connect XMonad with Polybar


xmonad - The core of xmonad, a small but functional ICCCM-compliant tiling window manager

pfetch - 🐧 A pretty system information tool written in POSIX sh.

xmonad-contrib - Contributed modules for xmonad

dotfiles - The dotfiles im using for my DE!

blucontrol - Configurable blue light filter

echo - A cross-platform, cross-console way to handle echoing terminal input

nix-diff - Explain why two Nix derivations differ

bench - Command-line benchmark tool