wapanel VS polybar

Compare wapanel vs polybar and see what are their differences.


Desktop-dedicated wayland bar for wayfire and other wlroots based compositors. Mir compatible. (by Firstbober)


A fast and easy-to-use status bar [Moved to: https://github.com/polybar/polybar] (by jaagr)
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wapanel polybar
1 3
50 8,469
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10.0 8.9
almost 2 years ago over 2 years ago
C++ C++
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of wapanel. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

We haven't tracked posts mentioning wapanel yet.
Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


Posts with mentions or reviews of polybar. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-08.
  • Can I get a taskbar with BPSWM or i3?
    3 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 8 May 2022
    It's optional though and you can easily replace it with something else. A lot of i3/bspwm users use something like polybar, lemonbar or yabar instead. When I was on bspwm I used tint2. These are all highly customizable, and tiling wm users tend to be the sort who want to customize them, which can be time consuming. But you can use almost anything, even something like the xfce4 panel if you want.
  • Is there a way to install Polybar on KDE Neon?
    2 projects | /r/Polybar | 30 Apr 2021
    git clone https://github.com/jaagr/polybar.git

What are some alternatives?

When comparing wapanel and polybar you can also consider the following projects:

polydock - ✨ A shiny and hackable application dock

herbstluftwm - A manual tiling window manager for X11

archcraft - // Source : ISO

yabar - A modern and lightweight status bar for X window managers.

polybar - A fast and easy-to-use status bar

win3wm - A Tiling Window Manager for windows 10, Inspired by i3wm

bar - A featherweight, lemon-scented, bar based on xcb

scripts - *Well documented* scripts exploiting some useful UNIX utilities.

icewm - A window manager designed for speed, usability, and consistency

blackboxwm - A window manager for X11

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

hyprpicker - A wlroots-compatible Wayland color picker that does not suck.