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Developer(s)Henrik Kinnunen
Stable release
1.3.7[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 8 February 2015
Written inC++[2][3]
Operating systemUnix/Unix-like[note 1]
TypeStacking window manager
Fluxbox 1.3 Xsession running on Debian GNU/Linux 7

Fluxbox is a stacking window manager for the X Window System, which started as a fork of Blackbox[2] 0.61.1 in 2001,[4] with the same aim to be lightweight. Its user interface has only a taskbar, a pop-up menu accessible by right-clicking on the desktop,[2] and minimal support for graphical icons. All basic configurations are controlled by text files, including the construction of menus and the mapping of key-bindings.[5] Fluxbox has high compliance to the Extended Window Manager Hints specification.[6]

Fluxbox is basic in appearance, but it can show a few options for improved attractiveness: colors, gradients,[2] borders, and several other basic appearance attributes can be specified. Recent versions support rounded corners and graphical elements. Effects managers such as xcompmgr, cairo-compmgr and transset-df (deprecated) can add true transparency to desktop elements and windows. Enhancements can also be provided by using iDesk or fbdesk, SpaceFM, PCMan File Manager or the ROX Desktop. Fluxbox also has several features Blackbox lacks, including tabbed windows and a configurable titlebar.[7]

Because of its small memory footprint and quick loading time, Fluxbox is popular in many Live CDs such as GParted. It was the default window manager of Damn Small Linux and antiX, but was replaced with JWM in 2007 and 2009, respectively. It is currently the default window manager of PCFluxboxOS, a remaster of PCLinuxOS, and of Linux Mint Fluxbox CE. Fluxbuntu,[8] an Ubuntu derivative with lightweight applications, was released in October 2007.[9]

On December 12, 2019, MX Linux released MX-fluxbox as a fully integrated overlay of MX Linux 19. Previously it had been available from 2014 onward through the Package Installer.[10] A Fluxbox edition has been added to the MX-21 series with Fluxbox in use by default.[11] Fluxbox is also a featured window manager on antiX.[12]

The early versions of Lumina, a desktop environment created for TrueOS, were based on Fluxbox.[13]

As of December 2021 there are 22 flavors of Linux using Fluxbox in some way.[14]



Customization is done by editing configuration files in the .fluxbox subdirectory in the user's home directory:

  • Keyboard shortcuts are stored in the ~/.fluxbox/keys file.
  • Menu layout is in the ~/.fluxbox/menu file.
  • Everything that is run at startup is kept in the ~/.fluxbox/startup file.
  • The fluxbox configuration file is held at ~/.fluxbox/init.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Including:


  1. ^ "Fluxbox 1.3.7 - Bam! Zero Bugs!!11!". 8 February 2015. Archived from the original on 24 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Saunders, Mike (March 2008). "Lightweight window managers". Linux Format (103). UK: Future Publishing. Archived from the original on 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  3. ^ Сондерс, Майк (March 2008). Легковесные ОМ (PDF). Linux Format (in Russian) (103). Russia: Mezon.ru: 19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  4. ^ Fluxbox - Browse /fluxbox at. Sourceforge.net. Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
  5. ^ Jordan, Michael J. "Using the Fluxbox Window Manager". Linux Online Inc. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  6. ^ "Fluxbox EWMH Support". Archived from the original on 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-09-09.
  7. ^ "Eye candy - Fluxbox-wiki". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  8. ^ "DistroWatch.com: Fluxbuntu Linux". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  9. ^ Fluxbuntu Home Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "MX-fluxbox released as fully integrated overlay – MX Linux". mxlinux.org. December 14, 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  11. ^ "MX-21 Fluxbox beta 1 iso images for testing – MX Linux". mxlinux.org. August 20, 2021. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  12. ^ "antiX Linux – Proudly anti-fascist "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old and new computers". antixlinux.com. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  13. ^ Moore, Ken (September 2015). "Basis Of The Lumina Desktop Environment". BSD Magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-11-24. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  14. ^ "The following distributions match your criteria: Desktop interface = Fluxbox". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 26 December 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Shingledecker, Robert; Andrews, John; Negus, Chris (2007). The Official Damn Small Linux Book: The Tiny Adaptable Linux That Runs on Anything.

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