xmobar VS ranger

Compare xmobar vs ranger and see what are their differences.


A minimalistic status bar (by jaor)
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xmobar ranger
33 165
781 14,860
- 1.5%
8.7 6.5
almost 2 years ago 14 days ago
Haskell Python
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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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 | /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 https://github.com/jaor/xmobar.
  • 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 "trayer-padding-icon.sh" '' #!/bin/sh # Copied from https://github.com/jaor/xmobar/issues/239#issuecomment-233206552 # 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/trayer-padding-icon.sh" [] "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 https://github.com/jaor/xmobar/issues/583 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 xmobar.org 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
    https://github.com/jaor/xmobar/blob/master/examples/padding-icon.sh 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 https://github.com/Sloopy3333/dotfiles/tree/master/.config/xmonad
  • Problems with xmobar
    4 projects | /r/xmonad | 9 Aug 2021
    I tried this example config from xmobar.org. 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%" }


Posts with mentions or reviews of ranger. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-01-15.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing xmobar and ranger you can also consider the following projects:

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

lf - Terminal file manager

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

nnn - n³ The unorthodox terminal file manager

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

vifm - Vifm is a file manager with curses interface, which provides Vim-like environment for managing objects within file systems, extended with some useful ideas from mutt.

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

joshuto - ranger-like terminal file manager written in Rust


lf - Fully Decentralized Fully Replicated Key/Value Store

xmonad-contrib - Contributed modules for xmonad

mc - Midnight Commander's repository