descriptionspectrwm is a small dynamic tiling and reparenting window manager for X11
last changeFri, 26 Aug 2016 05:09:38 +0000 (13:09 +0800)


spectrwm is a small dynamic tiling and reparenting window manager for X11. It
tries to stay out of the way so that valuable screen real estate can be used
for much more important stuff. It has sane defaults and does not require one to
learn a language to do any configuration. It is written by hackers for hackers
and it strives to be small, compact and fast.

It was largely inspired by xmonad and
dwm. Both are fine products but suffer from things
like: crazy-unportable-language-syndrome, silly defaults, asymmetrical window
layout, "how hard can it be?" and good old NIH. Nevertheless
dwm was a phenomenal resource and many good ideas
and code was borrowed from it. On the other hand xmonad
has great defaults, key bindings and xinerama support but is crippled by not
being written in C.

spectrwm is a beautiful pearl! For it too, was created by grinding irritation.
Nothing is a bigger waste of time than moving windows around until they are the
right size-ish or having just about any relevant key combination being eaten
for some task one never needs. The path of agony is too long to quote and in
classical OpenBSD fashion (put up, or hack up) a
brand new window manager was whooped up to serve no other purpose than to obey
its masters. It is released under the ISC license. Patches can be accepted
provided they are ISC licensed as well.

Feedback and questions

You can and come chat with us on IRC. We use OFTC
channel #spectrwm.

Major features


Click here for current man page


spectrwm is ISC licensed unless otherwise specified in individual files.


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2016-08-26 Andrea BolognaniFix man errors master origin/HEAD origin/master private/master
2016-08-26 Andrea BolognaniInclude the top level header of each xcb module used
2016-07-31 Andrea Bolognanilinux: Enable PIE
2016-07-31 Andrea Bolognanilinux: Use -fPIC instead of -fpic
2016-07-05 Andrea Bolognanilinux: Use --as-needed when linking
2016-07-03 Andrea Bolognanilinux: Use pkg-config for dependencies' CPPFLAGS and...
2016-07-03 Andrea Bolognanilinux: Split off dependencies' CPPFLAGS
2016-07-03 Andrea Bolognanilinux: Reduce linking for libswmhack
2016-06-23 James Camposupdate man page link
2016-06-10 Reginald KennedyAdd .gitattributes to exclude some files from release...
2016-05-23 Marco PeereboomPrepare for release 3.0.2. SPECTRWM_3_0_2
2016-05-17 Reginald KennedyEnsure iconic windows stay iconic when reparenting.
2016-05-09 Reginald KennedyFix workspace cleanup on RandR screenchange.
2016-05-05 Marco PeereboomPrepare for release 3.0.1. SPECTRWM_3_0_1
2016-05-04 Reginald KennedyRedraw the focus window frame when changing regions...
2016-05-04 Reginald KennedyPrepend SWM_LIB to LD_PRELOAD instead of clobbering.
5 years ago SPECTRWM_3_0_2 Release 3.0.2
5 years ago SPECTRWM_3_0_1 Release 3.0.1
5 years ago SPECTRWM_3_0_0 Release 3.0.0
6 years ago SPECTRWM_2_7_2 Release 2.7.2
6 years ago SPECTRWM_2_7_1 Release 2.7.1
6 years ago SPECTRWM_2_7_0 Release 2.7.0
6 years ago SPECTRWM_2_6_2 Release 2.6.2
7 years ago SPECTRWM_2_6_1 Release 2.6.1
7 years ago SPECTRWM_2_6_0 Release 2.6.0
7 years ago SPECTRWM_2_5_1 Release 2.5.1
7 years ago SPECTRWM_2_5_0 Release 2.5.0
7 years ago SPECTRWM_2_4_0 Release 2.4.0
8 years ago SPECTRWM_2_3_0 Release 2.3.0
8 years ago SPECTRWM_2_2_0 Release 2.2.0
8 years ago SPECTRWM_2_1_1 Release 2.1.1
8 years ago SPECTRWM_2_1_0 Release 2.1.0
5 years ago hacking
5 years ago trim_whitespace_when_loading_config
5 years ago ewmh_skip_taskbar_and_pager
5 years ago remanage_fix
5 years ago ewmh_desktop_and_dock
5 years ago editorconfig
5 years ago master