From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
IceWM Logo.png
IceWM screenshot (IceDesert theme)
Developer(s) Marko Maček
Initial release 1997; 19 years ago (1997)
Stable release 1.3.8 / November 17, 2013; 2 years ago (2013-11-17)
Preview release 1.3.8pre1 / 19 November 2011; 4 years ago (2011-11-19)
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like
Type Window manager
License GNU GPL and 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 embedded. External graphical programs for editing configuration[1] and menu exist.


IceWM is installed as the main Window Manager for a live version of Linux called Lightweight Portable Security, Absolute Linux, and Puppy Linux.

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


See also[edit]


  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. 

External links[edit]