Sway (window manager)
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|Original author(s)||Drew DeVault (SirCmpwn)|
|Initial release||March 24, 2016|
1.1.1 / June 3, 2019
Sway is a tiling window manager and Wayland compositor, inspired by i3, and written in C. It is designed as a drop in replacement for i3 using the more modern Wayland display server protocol and wlroots compositor library. Sway works with existing i3 configuration files and supports most of i3's features while providing several new features of its own.
Sway's default control system for manipulating windows is similar to vi. Window focus is controlled by a combination of the Super key and one of the keys H, J, K, or L. Window movement is performed by the same combination of keys with the addition of the shift key.
Sway's first stable release was on March 11, 2019, after 3.6 years of development.
- Configuration is performed via a plain text file.
- Window tiling is handled manually, rather than dynamically.
- Windows can be split horizontally or vertically.
- Similar to i3, windows can be arranged in a tabbed (horizontal listing like that found in web browsers) or stacked (vertical listing) layout.
- Windows can be floated similar to a floating window manager.
- Tiled and floated windows can be resized or moved using both the mouse and keyboard.
- Windows on the same workspace can be split into multiple containers, such that one set of windows might be arranged in a tabbed layout while the other windows on the workspace might be tiled normally, floating, or arranged in a stacked layout.
- Can be completely driven from the keyboard.
- Supports gaps between and outside of windows.
- Supports multiple non-modifier keys when assigning key bindings.
- Handles input, output, and wallpaper configurations instead of relying on separate programs.
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