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spectrwm – small dynamic tiling and reparenting window manager for X11

spectrwm is a small, dynamic tiling window manager for Xorg. It tries to stay out of the way so that valuable screen real estate can be used for much more important stuff. It seeks inspiration from xmonad and dwm.

spectrwm is written by hackers for hackers, and it strives to be small, compact, and fast.

spectrwm is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Dynamic RandR support (multi-head).
  • Navigation anywhere on all screens with either the keyboard or mouse.
  • Customizable status bar.
  • Human readable configuration file.
  • Restartable without losing state.
  • Quick launch menu.
  • Many screen layouts possible with a few simple key strokes.
  • Windows can be added or removed from master area.
  • Windows can be moved to any workspace or within a region.
  • Resizable master area.
  • Move/resize floating windows.
  • Drag-to-float.
  • Extended Window Manager Hints (EWMH) support.
  • Configurable tiling.
  • Adjustable tile gap allows for a true one pixel border.
  • Customizable colors and border width.
  • User definable regions.
  • User definable modkey and key bindings.
  • User definable quirk bindings.
  • User definable key bindings to launch applications.
  • Reparenting window manager.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux, BSD, OS X, and Windows/Cygwin.

Developer: Conformal Systems, LLC.
License: ISC License


spectrwm is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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