swayfx VS sway

Compare swayfx vs sway and see what are their differences.


SwayFX: Sway, but with eye candy! (by WillPower3309)


i3-compatible Wayland compositor (by swaywm)
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swayfx sway
12 604
612 12,848
- 1.4%
10.0 0.0
15 days ago 7 days ago
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of swayfx. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-03.
  • [ New Package Request ] SwayFX
    3 projects | /r/voidlinux | 3 Jun 2023
    What are the chances of SwayFX being added to the repo ? I see someone had put in a PR but it was never accepted and also the package is now at version 0.3 whereas the person who put in the PR is still at 0.2 since April. Would it be bad practice for me to put in an updated PR that works as I'd be keen to maintain that package for sure ?
  • Kawase Blur has been added to SwayFX!
    4 projects | /r/swaywm | 24 May 2023
    I forked sway and added em myself! https://github.com/WillPower3309/swayfx
  • Rounded corners on waybar?
    2 projects | /r/swaywm | 19 Mar 2023
    yes, it is possible with SwayFX
  • I can’t get over the font change in Windows 11 task bar time 😫
    2 projects | /r/aspiememes | 19 Mar 2023
    Switch to Arch Linux with Wayland & https://github.com/WillPower3309/swayfx. Then add https://github.com/Alexays/Waybar for status bar.
  • Wayland Saturation?
    3 projects | /r/linux_gaming | 18 Mar 2023
    If sway is your Wayland desktop, check out swayfx.
  • [SwayFX] Gruvbox and rounded corners
    5 projects | /r/swaywm | 16 Nov 2022
    WM: swayfx
  • Is there a way to minimize windows/tasks?
    3 projects | /r/swaywm | 15 Nov 2022
    Most commonly, the scratchpad is used as a "minimize." There is an open issue to treat it as an actual minimize in terms of wlroots, which it currently does not do and, the issue states, can cause a crash when trying to un-minimize applications that are currently hidden on the scratchpad. You can see the github issue for more info here. There is also a patch available (link in the issue discussion) that adds the minimize functionality if you're willing to compile it yourself. I have not tested it since I don't use a taskbar and just throw unused windows into another workspace until I need them. SwayFX, a fork that was just released, which I'm currently running for the window decorations has this patch already applied.


Posts with mentions or reviews of sway. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-09-09.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing swayfx and sway you can also consider the following projects:

Hyprland - Hyprland is a highly customizable dynamic tiling Wayland compositor that doesn't sacrifice on its looks.

wayfire - A modular and extensible wayland compositor

i3 - A tiling window manager for X11

river - A dynamic tiling Wayland compositor

awesome-wayland - A curated list of Wayland code and resources.

bspwm - A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning

qtile - :cookie: A full-featured, hackable tiling window manager written and configured in Python (X11 + Wayland)

wslg - Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios

Waybar - Highly customizable Wayland bar for Sway and Wlroots based compositors. :v: :tada:

dmenu-wayland - dmenu for wayland-compositors

xdg-desktop-portal-wlr - xdg-desktop-portal backend for wlroots

dwm - My clone of dwm