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Screenshot of Blackbox
Screenshot of Blackbox
Developer(s) Bradley T. Hughes[1]
Stable release
0.70.1 / September 19, 2017; 10 months ago (2017-09-19)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C++
Platform Unix-like
Type X window manager
License MIT[2]
Blackbox 0.7 Xsession running on Debian 7 Linux

In Unix computing, Blackbox is a stacking window manager for the X Window System.

Blackbox has specific design goals, and some functionality is provided only through other applications. One example is the bbkeys hotkey application. As no release has been made for over eleven years, Blackbox is now dormant.

Blackbox is written in C++[2][4] and contains completely original code.[5] It was created by Bradley T. Hughes[1] and is available under the MIT License. Blackbox has compliance with the Extended Window Manager Hints specification.[6]

Blackbox development is no longer active.


Features of the Blackbox window manager include:

  • A stacking window manager
  • Written in C++
  • Freely available under the MIT license
  • Compliance with the Extended Window Manager Hints Specification
  • Titlebars have minimize, maximize, and close buttons
  • Support for simple themes
  • Support for color changes
  • No support for desktop shortcuts

Related projects[edit]

There are a number of other window manager forks of Blackbox:[7]

Windows shell replacements[edit]

Although they do not share the same codebase, these projects are also inspired by Blackbox.[8]

  • BB4Win (the first and most prominent clone/port of Blackbox on Windows)
  • bbLean
  • xoblite
  • bbZero (a branch of bbLean, currently the only actively developed)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b ManPages/blackbox
  2. ^ a b, Blackbox - Window manager written in C++
  3. ^ [1], Download Blackbox
  4. ^ Blackbox Hacking Guide
  5. ^, About Blackbox
  6. ^ "ICCCM & EWMH Compliance". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  7. ^, Related Projects
  8. ^, BlackBox for Windows

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