i3-compatible Wayland compositor (by swaywm)

Sway Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to sway

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a better sway alternative or higher similarity.

sway reviews and mentions

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 2023-01-31.
  • Elementary OS 7
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 31 Jan 2023
    I have noticed in one of your comments in this thread that you are looking for novel ideas of the UI look. As others commenters stated, you might be interested in tiling window managers like i3 [0] or sway [1]. They are truly a gem for productivity and sometimes for an eye [2].

    However, I love the concept of scrollable window manager like PaperWM [3] is. When I had a smaller screen (24" 16:9) I was complaining a lot on unused space on my screen. With PaperWM I was finally happy with its dimensions, because I could have huge IDE on the left and small part of terminal displayed on the right. That way I knew if something was printed to terminal, while my editor took 80% of the screen.

    [0]: https://i3wm.org/

    [1]: https://swaywm.org/

    [2]: https://www.reddit.com/r/unixporn/

    [3]: https://github.com/paperwm/PaperWM

  • Replacing gnome with swaywm
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 30 Jan 2023
    that you can find here
  • Gtk3 theme for dialogs?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 27 Jan 2023
    Some resources which I've found to be helpful (beyond search results for specific things): - SwayWM wiki and (as always) ArchWiki - https://luxagraf.net/src/guide-to-switching-i3-to-sway - https://www.codejam.info/2022/05/migrating-x11-wayland-i3-sway.html - https://anarc.at/software/desktop/wayland/ - https://arewewaylandyet.com/ - https://www.fosskers.ca/en/blog/wayland
  • Avoid using the option 'hide_cursor when-typing' by now, is bugged
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 24 Jan 2023
    At least 3 users have reported the option to break controls in games in an obscure way.
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 24 Jan 2023
    I reported your patch on GitHub issue thank you lelgenio!!
  • 'Dynamic' window rules?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 24 Jan 2023
    I have tried myself. You may want to look at the script in the swaywm contrib https://github.com/swaywm/sway/blob/master/contrib/inactive-windows-transparency.py
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 24 Jan 2023
    I saw this https://github.com/swaywm/sway/pull/5323
  • Anyone here use tiling window managers?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/HHKB | 23 Jan 2023
    Hi! HHKB user since 2004. Linux user since '95. I've been using tiling window managers for about 20 years. I've tried a few. Ratpoison first, then ion, then xmonad, then spectrwm (which is my favourite), but since I moved to wayland a couple of years ago, I've settled on sway (https://swaywm.org/). Meta-Return spawns a terminal (https://codeberg.org/dnkl/foot, which is blazingly fast, using very little resources). Meta-/ spawns a chromium. Meta-Shift-/ spawns chrome. Besides the last two I mentioned, I use the default bindings, which work nice. As a final touch, if you are using X11 and are a emacs user, you can try https://github.com/ch11ng/exwm, which turns emacs itself into a window manager, allowing to never ever leave emacs for anything. Phew! That was a mouthful! :-)
  • Issue with swaylock
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/swaywm | 18 Jan 2023
    FreeBSD is listed in the official dev guide.
  • Tech support thread for January, 2023 -- ask your tech support questions in this thread, please
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/linux_gaming | 9 Jan 2023
    First screen is the built-in of the laptop, 2nd screen is connected by HDMI. I found out that the offending update was going from sway 1.7 to 1.8. I found other people with seemingly the same bug but their workaround didn't seem to work. https://github.com/swaywm/sway/issues/7352 haven't had the chance to look into it more.
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