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IceWM Logo.png
IceWM screenshot (IceDesert theme)
Developer(s) Marko Maček
Initial release 1997; 20 years ago (1997)
Stable release
1.3.8 / November 17, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-11-17)
Preview release
1.3.8pre1 / 19 November 2011; 5 years ago (2011-11-19)
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like
Type Window manager
License GNU LGPL

IceWM is a stacking window manager for the X Window System graphical infrastructure, written by Marko Maček. It was written from scratch in C++ and is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.[1] It is relatively lightweight in terms of memory and CPU usage, and comes with themes that allow it to imitate the GUI of Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 7, OS/2, Motif, and other graphical user interfaces.[1] IceWM is meant to excel in look and feel while being lightweight and customizable.

IceWM can be configured from plain text files[1] stored in a user's home directory, making it easy to customize and copy settings. IceWM has an optional, built-in taskbar with menu, tasks display, network and CPU meters, mail check and configurable clock. Official support for GNOME and KDE menus used to be available as a separate package. In recent IceWM versions, support for them is built-in as well. External graphical programs for editing the configuration[1] and the menu are also available.


IceWM is installed as the main Window Manager MidnightBSD-release.iso Absolute Linux, and Puppy Linux.

The Easy mode default desktop of the Asus Eee PC uses IceWM.[2]

openSUSE Linux for Raspberry Pi 1/2/3 uses IceWM by default as a lightweight GUI.[1] The Raspberry Pi 3 only version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server also uses IceWM.[2]


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  1. ^ a b c d Saunders, Mike (March 2008). "Lightweight window managers". Linux Format. UK: Future Publishing (103). 
  2. ^ Paul, Ryan (14 November 2007). "Eeextremely Eeenticing: a review of the Asus Eee PC". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 

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