ascii-progress VS xmobar

Compare ascii-progress vs xmobar and see what are their differences.


A simple Haskell progress bar for the console. Heavily borrows from TJ Holowaychuk's Node.JS project (by yamadapc)


A minimalistic status bar (by jaor)
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ascii-progress xmobar
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0.0 8.7
about 7 years ago almost 2 years ago
Haskell Haskell
MIT License BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


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 | /r/xmonad | 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 | /r/archlinux | 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 | /r/xmonad | 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 | /r/xmonad | 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 | /r/NixOS | 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 | /r/xmonad | 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 | /r/xmonad | 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 | /r/NixOS | 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.
  • Using trayer with xmobar?
    3 projects | /r/xmonad | 31 Aug 2021 this script generates a transparent xpm icon same width as your tray size. run this as a module in xmobar wherever you want trayer to be and launch trayer to that position. take a look at this
  • Problems with xmobar
    4 projects | /r/xmonad | 9 Aug 2021
    I tried this example config from And it works. Config { font = "-misc-fixed-*-*-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*" , additionalFonts = [] , borderColor = "black" , border = TopB , bgColor = "black" , fgColor = "grey" , alpha = 255 , position = Top , textOffset = -1 , iconOffset = -1 , lowerOnStart = True , pickBroadest = False , persistent = False , hideOnStart = False , iconRoot = "." , allDesktops = True , overrideRedirect = True , commands = [ Run Weather "EGPF" ["-t",": C", "-L","18","-H","25", "--normal","green", "--high","red", "--low","lightblue"] 36000 , Run Network "eth0" ["-L","0","-H","32", "--normal","green","--high","red"] 10 , Run Network "eth1" ["-L","0","-H","32", "--normal","green","--high","red"] 10 , Run Cpu ["-L","3","-H","50", "--normal","green","--high","red"] 10 , Run Memory ["-t","Mem: %"] 10 , Run Swap [] 10 , Run Com "uname" ["-s","-r"] "" 36000 , Run Date "%a %b %_d %Y %H:%M:%S" "date" 10 ] , sepChar = "%" , alignSep = "}{" , template = "%cpu% | %memory% * %swap% | %eth0% - %eth1% }\ \{ %date%| %EGPF% | %uname%" }

What are some alternatives?

When comparing ascii-progress and xmobar you can also consider the following projects:

bench - Command-line benchmark tool

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

sshd-lint - Checks a sshd_config file for adherence to security best practices

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

pcg-random - Haskell interface to the pcg random number generator

ranger - A VIM-inspired filemanager for the console

halfs - The Haskell File System: A file system implementation in Haskell

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


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

logger - Fast & extensible logging framework for Haskell!