i3-compatible Wayland compositor (by swaywm)

Sway Alternatives

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


Posts where sway has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.
  • Is it possible to make kitty terminal background blured?
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-17
    Not via Sway. See this
  • How can I get the Manjaro QT theme back to stock?
  • Where do I set the PATH Sway uses?
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-14
    Presumably this is one of the reasons why the Sway developers don't recommend using a display manager and explicitly say that you should start sway from a tty.
  • Close windows gracefully
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-13
    Sway does not signal the process owning the window (ref 0). Instead, it sends the appropriate Wayland close event (for most things, this is xdg_toplevel.close) (ref 1). It is the application's responsibility to do something (e.g. ask for confirmation) in that handler (ref 2).
  • news.ycombinator.com | 2021-01-13
    The wlroots/Sway teams are leading the way towards a more Unix-y Wayland experience, though. Over the last two years or so, a lot of 1:1 replacements for those "do one thing and do it well" X11 tools have appeared: https://github.com/swaywm/sway/wiki/i3-Migration-Guide#commo...
  • How do I setup swaylock to lock from systemd-logind IdleAction?
    reddit.com/r/wayland | 2021-01-11
    If you check the default config file for sway (usually installed to /etc/sway/config), there's a commented out line in there that shows how you can use swayidle in combination with swaylock to lock your machine. You can uncomment it and modify the parameters to your liking- that's the recommended way to run swaylock AFAIK.
  • One big workspace over 2 screens
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-11
    This issue discusses different setups and it says they don't want to diverge from i3, so if i3 doesn't have it then they probably won't add it to Sway either. That led me to this post on i3's sub, which explains that it's a design decision made by the i3 developers.
  • How can I get gaps between windows?
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-11
  • GTK settings don't carry over to Flatpak
    reddit.com/r/flatpak | 2021-01-09
    Do any GTK Wayland apps outside of Flatpak also have the anti aliasing problem? With the other stuff it definitely wasn't Flatpak, it's GTK Wayland in particular (see here for more on that).
  • Sway startup applications
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-09
    You can also start programs using SystemD instead.
  • Anyone here uses `pass` (passwordstore.org) on sway?
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-08
    I bought a laptop recently and thought Wayland was mostly ready for productive usage but there are some issues which will probably make me go back to i3. This issue is one of them. Another is this issue. Apparently, I can't use my desktop monitor with my laptop with sway without resorting to hacks. I'm also not sure about the screen sharing scene on Wayland with tools like Teams etc.
  • A list of sway-specific apps & scripts
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-08
    There is such one in the wiki.
  • Which Login Display Managers support way ? Which run on Wayland natively ?
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-01-07
  • NVIDIA sends out patches to support hardware acceleration with Xwayland
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-01-07
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-01-07


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swaywm/sway is an open source project licensed under MIT License which is an OSI approved license.