Comparison of X window managers

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This article compares variety of different X window managers. For an introduction to the topic, see X Window System.

Name Language License Type Configurable titlebar buttons Graphical configuration Hotkeys ICCCM/EWMH compliant Panel for window switching Tabbed windows Themeable Initial Release
9wm C MIT Stacking No No No Yes No No 1994
aewm C MIT Stacking No No No Yes Yes No No
awesome C, Lua GPL Dynamic Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes 2007-09-18
Blackbox C++ MIT Stacking No third-party with bbkeys through 0.65 / from 0.70[1] Yes No Yes
Compiz C (OpenGL) MIT Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes third-party Yes Yes 2006
cwm C ISC Stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes No No Yes 2004-07-10
dwm C MIT Tiling and stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes Yes No Yes 2006-07-14
Enlightenment C BSD Tiling and stacking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes 1997
evilwm C Artistic[2] Stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes Partial[3] No No Yes
Fluxbox C++ MIT Stacking Yes third-party Yes Yes[4] Yes Yes Yes
FLWM C++ (FLTK) GPL Stacking No Yes There is a window list menu No No 1998
FVWM C GPL Dynamic Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes[5] third-party[6][7]
i3 C BSD Dynamic no titlebar buttons No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 2009-03-15
IceWM C++ LGPL Stacking Yes third-party Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 1997
Ion C, Lua LGPL with naming restrictions on modified versions Tiling and stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes No Yes Yes 2000
JWM C GPL Stacking Yes No Yes EWMH Yes No Yes
KWin (KDE) C++ (Qt) GPL Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Matchbox C GPL Stacking EWMH compliance No No Yes 2007-04-13
Metacity (GNOME) C, C++ (GTK+) GPL Compositing or stacking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes 2002-10
Mutter (GNOME/MeeGo) C (Clutter) GPL Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes Gnome Shell No Yes 2001-04
mwm (Motif Window Manager) C The Open Group Public License Stacking No No Yes can change colours 1980
Openbox C GPL Stacking Yes third-party Yes Yes third-party No Yes 2002-09-18
PekWM C++ GPL Stacking Yes No Yes Partial No Yes Yes
PlayWM C GPL Stacking Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Ratpoison C GPL Tiling No No Yes No No No No 2000-12-04
Sawfish Lisp, C GPL Stacking Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes primitive Yes 2000-01-01
sithWM C GPL Stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes No No Yes
spectrwm C ISC Tiling and stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes Yes No No solid colors
steamcompmgr unknown BSD-2-clause Compositing No No Yes No No No 2013
StumpWM Common Lisp GPL Tiling No No Yes No No No No
twm C MIT re-parenting Yes No Yes Yes No solid colors 1987
WMFS C BSD Tiling Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Window Maker C GPL Stacking No Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes 1997
Wingo Go WTFPL Dynamic Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
wmii C MIT Dynamic Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 2005-06-01
Xfwm (Xfce) C, C++ (GTK+) GPL, LGPL Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
xmonad Haskell BSD Dynamic Yes No Yes Yes / ? third-party Yes Yes 2007-03-06
uwm C Similar to BSD license 1985
Name Language License Type Configurable titlebar buttons Graphical configuration Hotkeys ICCCM/EWMH compliant Panel for window switching Tabbed windows Themeable Initial release

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "NetWM - Blackbox". Blackbox releases up to and including version 0.65.0 follow the ICCCM standard, while 0.70 and later follow EWMH. 
  2. ^ "EvilWM on Freecode". 
  3. ^ "evilwm - standards support". evilwm releases following and including version 1.1.0 follow the EWMH standard. 
  4. ^ http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/docs/ewmh-support.html
  5. ^ FvwmTabs
  6. ^ Fvwm Themes
  7. ^ FVWM-Crystal

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