A tiling window manager for macOS based on binary space partitioning (by koekeishiya)

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  • How to make an editor's background transparent for macos?
    reddit.com/r/vscode | 2021-09-15
    I've tried yabai, but it makes the full app transparent.
  • I’m going to college to study political science, and I will use Emacs and org-roam extensively. Should I buy a laptop and use Linux or a MacBook?
    reddit.com/r/emacs | 2021-09-09
    Emacs works well on OSX and you shouldn't encounter any problems. I recommend using railwaycat's OSX port. If you're big on replicating your Manjaro experience you can even get a tiling WM like https://github.com/koekeishiya/yabai.
  • Show HN: Web-browser to help programmers think clearly
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-09-07
  • Anyone else find the keybindings lacking?
    reddit.com/r/MacOS | 2021-08-31
    There are also various 3rd party apps to do this, such as yabai and BetterTouchTool.
  • Tiling window management (specifically for large monitors), any suggestions about what tools to use?
    reddit.com/r/MacOS | 2021-08-23
    I would recommend yabai. Been using it for a good while now. https://github.com/koekeishiya/yabai
  • Why do people hate Mac so much?
    Check out yabai and amethyst.
    Mac OS is just as customizable as Linux it is unix so all dotfiles from vim etc work. There is a tiling window manager yabai which isn't just a window layout like on windows or pop os but a proper tiling window manager https://github.com/koekeishiya/yabai . You can make Mac OS do what you want which you cant on windows some features even work without disabling SIP.
  • I'm sick of the subpar desktop experience of both Windows and Linux. What's the window management workflow like on MacOS?
    reddit.com/r/MacOS | 2021-08-21
    Surprised that yabai hasn't been mentioned here, it's really the only sane window management solution for someone who is looking for a tiling window manager: https://github.com/koekeishiya/yabai
  • I'll be switching to Mac today - my laptop is old and buying a Macbook is cheaper than buying a premium Windows laptop in Brazil. I'm freaking out a little bit and need to help regarding some features that I use daily and I'm not sure if they are available on MacOs. Can anyone help me?
    reddit.com/r/MacOS | 2021-08-15
    There's built in feature for resizing windows to left/right of the screen by hovering the green maximize button and holding option. If you need more complex resizing and keyboard shortcuts, get a utility like rectangle. If you need complex window snapping (dragging a window into a corner to resize), bettertouchtool has endless customization options for this. And if you want to have windows resize automatically, you will need a tiling window manager like yabai but that requires some configuration
  • Moving between workspaces
    reddit.com/r/MacOS | 2021-08-12
    I use yabai and skhd. Kind of similar to bspwm. I use super + {1..9} to switch desktop and super + shift + {1..9} to send program to desktop
  • Mac OSx; need to rant.
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-08-10
    try yabai
  • Ask HN: What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life?
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-08-09
  • Apple's recent moves "to promote child safety" have had quite a few people thinking about moving from macOS to Linux. Thoughts?
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-08-08
    I like tiling window managers. I think they're great. Mac doesn't have them. Oh wait, they actually do, it's called yabai. And it's like the only one they have.
  • Way to resize split-screen windows at the same time?
    reddit.com/r/MacOS | 2021-07-22
    You can try the yabai window manager: https://github.com/koekeishiya/yabai
  • Yabai - Toggle Window
    dev.to | 2021-07-12
    Window Management is no doubt the most boring stuff that no one wants to be doing. I used to have various shortcuts and hot corners set, to size up/down the window as needed. Magnet, Moom, Spectacle were amongst the few that i used. Then i discovered Yabai, it blew my mind off. You no longer need to remember all the crazy shortcuts. The windows are neatly tiled for you to work on and as a bonus those handful of not needed shortcuts could now be used for other important actions.


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