The xmonad package

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xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising screen use. All features of the window manager are accessible from the keyboard: a mouse is strictly optional. xmonad is written and extensible in Haskell. Custom layout algorithms, and other extensions, may be written by the user in config files. Layouts are applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled on several screens.


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Versions 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.4.1, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.8.1, 0.9, 0.9.1, 0.9.2, 0.10, 0.11, 0.11.1, 0.12
Change log CHANGES.md
Dependencies base (>=3 && <5), containers, data-default, directory, extensible-exceptions, filepath, mtl, process, setlocale, unix, utf8-string (>=0.3 && <1.1), X11 (>=1.5 && <1.7), xmonad [details]
License BSD3
Author Spencer Janssen
Maintainer xmonad@haskell.org
Stability Unknown
Category System
Home page http://xmonad.org
Bug tracker https://github.com/xmonad/xmonad/issues
Source repository head: git clone https://github.com/xmonad/xmonad
Uploaded Mon Dec 21 19:13:00 UTC 2015 by BrentYorgey
Distributions Arch:0.12, Debian:0.12, Fedora:0.12, FreeBSD:0.11.1, LTSHaskell:0.12, NixOS:0.12, Stackage:0.12, Tumbleweed:0.12
Downloads 17865 total (94 in the last 30 days)
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Status Docs available [build log]
Last success reported on 2015-12-21 [all 1 reports]

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Readme for xmonad

Readme for xmonad-0.12

xmonad: A Tiling Window Manager

xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising screen use. Window manager features are accessible from the keyboard: a mouse is optional. xmonad is written, configured and extensible in Haskell. Custom layout algorithms, key bindings and other extensions may be written by the user in config files. Layouts are applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled on several physical screens.

Quick Start

For the full story, read on.

Building

Building is quite straightforward, and requires a basic Haskell toolchain. On many systems xmonad is available as a binary package in your package system (e.g. on Debian or Gentoo). If at all possible, use this in preference to a source build, as the dependency resolution will be simpler.

We'll now walk through the complete list of toolchain dependencies.

  • GHC: the Glasgow Haskell Compiler

    You first need a Haskell compiler. Your distribution's package system will have binaries of GHC (the Glasgow Haskell Compiler), the compiler we use, so install that first. If your operating system's package system doesn't provide a binary version of GHC and the cabal-install tool, you can install both using the Haskell Platform.

    It shouldn't be necessary to compile GHC from source -- every common system has a pre-build binary version. However, if you want to build from source, the following links will be helpful:

  • X11 libraries:

    Since you're building an X application, you'll need the C X11 library headers. On many platforms, these come pre-installed. For others, such as Debian, you can get them from your package manager:

    $ apt-get install libx11-dev libxinerama-dev libxext-dev
    

Running xmonad

Add:

exec $HOME/.cabal/bin/xmonad

to the last line of your .xsession or .xinitrc file.

Configuring

See the CONFIG document.

XMonadContrib

There are many extensions to xmonad available in the XMonadContrib (xmc) library. Examples include an ion3-like tabbed layout, a prompt/program launcher, and various other useful modules. XMonadContrib is available at:

Other Useful Programs

A nicer xterm replacement, that supports resizing better:

For custom status bars:

For a program dispatch menu:

Authors

  • Spencer Janssen
  • Don Stewart
  • Jason Creighton