A tiling window manager (by i3)


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i3/i3 is an open source project licensed under BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License which is an OSI approved license.

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Posts where i3 has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-04-23.
  • Work/Game/Deep Learning battlestation
    Have you tried running i3 for your window manager? I found that the ability to arbitrarily subdivide an ultrawide was a godsend.
  • Trying to find a specific desktop environment my professor used
  • Installed Arch, what now
    Windows manager, not the CPU https://i3wm.org/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I3_(window_manager)
  • How do you add icons to i3-status or polybar?
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-04-23
    Here is help on i3 functions (all of them): https://i3wm.org/
  • What wm to use
    I recommend using Awesome (https://awesomewm.org/) or i3 (https://i3wm.org/)
  • i3 Opens in Wrong Workspace on boot
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-04-15
    https://github.com/i3/i3/blob/next/src/workspace.c#L169-L231 for the implementation details.
  • Move window to existing container in scratchpad?
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-04-12
    I've reported that as a bug but it's "not supported."
  • You Don't Need a GUI
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-04-08
    Very true https://i3wm.org/. I3 is a great WM that allows you to avoid having to use the mouse.

    That said I now work in the Windows world. I find that if you are using the same tools day in day out then the keyboard is the way to go. If you have to use new tools every other week the GUI is hands down much better. Unfortunately in my role I'm doing exactly that.

  • [Part I] Switching from Linux to Mac
    dev.to | 2021-04-05
    A little background before diving in, I have been using a Linux machine since 2018 until I bought myself a MacBook Pro in November 2020. The reason why I am comparing window managers here is that I am deeply in love with working on my Linux machine using i3, a tiling window manager. I will say that this is the most important factor affecting my buying decision on a laptop. Therefore, I did quite some research on whether the Mac environment offers anything similar. After some intense study, I found yabai, a tiling window manager for macOS. I thought of trying it first on a virtual machine, but unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work. So, I made the buying decision solely based on studying through the GitHub repository, Reddit discussions, and YouTube videos.
  • Managing configs between desktop and laptop?
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-04-03
    My biggest gripe about i3 is that there's no easy way to source multiple config files. It's a much requested feature, but the maintainers are philosophically against it (see this issue).
  • Fed up with the Mac, I spent six months with a Linux laptop
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-04-02
  • How do you bind a window to the workspace you executed the program in?
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-03-31
    Can't help but ask if you've gone through the user guide which covers this. Interestingly, I've found that Firefox in particular is great for ignoring the directive to open on it's assigned ws. Whether it's worth opening an issue is not on my priority list atm. :)
  • 5 Tools for a Mouseless Development Environment
    dev.to | 2021-03-15
  • Pragmatic Reasons to ditch Plasma+Krohnkite for i3-gaps?
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-03-13
    Quick search gave me this https://github.com/i3/i3/issues/2324#issuecomment-216045371
  • workspaces not sorted alphabetically
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-03-13
    For reference, https://github.com/i3/i3/issues/3548 for an issue on this, a way to work around it and you may be interested in https://github.com/i3/i3/pull/4311 which would allow customizing this and will hopefully land in 4.20.