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i3 Reviews

A dynamic tiling window manager designed for X11, inspired by wmii, and written in C.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about i3 and what they use it for.
  • Should I Switch Linux Distributions? A Guide...
    This one's a bit trickier. Usually, what newer Linux users are told is that what they're probably after is a new Desktop Environment or Window Manager. If you're frustrated with the way Gnome Desktop ( works, then looking at KDE Plasma ( may be a good idea and vice-versa. Some users find that they prefer working almost solely with the keyboard rather than a... - Source: Reddit / 1 day ago
  • WiFi Problem
    This sounds like a keychain issue. No recent i3 experience so check the wiki and - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • Is there a remote desktop I can subscribe?
    The ideal place to use Shadow (for me) is on a 2013 macbook pro that Apple has shuffled off of it's update line. The library of apps that work on it is dwindling, but it's still a capable machine. I put Manjaro Linux with i3wm on it and it's been covering all of my gaming and Windows related tasks quite well this way. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • How do you manage your git commits?
    So when I said "window manager based Linux" I was mostly referring to the stereotypes of the Linux window manager; which 1 person not even having a mouse; staring apps; moving windows doing everything with their keyboard. If you wanna look a bit more into window managers for windows the only "okay" one that I've personally used is bug.n and for Linux there's tons; but my personal fav is I3. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • i3mojo -- a Perl/Mojo-based i3 status bar command I wrote
    This is basically a status bar content implementation that speaks the i3bar protocol, for the i3 window manager, and is designed to be used as a replacement for i3's own i3status. I've written plugins for things like: date/time, disk free space, pulseaudio volume, CPU usage, free RAM, weather, Bitcoin ticker, etc. I use Linux and OpenBSD regularly, so the plugins cover compatibility with at least those two. ... - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Elementary OS 7
    I have noticed in one of your comments in this thread that you are looking for novel ideas of the UI look. As others commenters stated, you might be interested in tiling window managers like i3 [0] or sway [1]. They are truly a gem for productivity and sometimes for an eye [2]. However, I love the concept of scrollable window manager like PaperWM [3] is. When I had a smaller screen (24" 16:9) I was complaining a... - Source: Hacker News / about 2 months ago
  • Gtk3 theme for dialogs?
    I started off using i3wm a while back which made the migration to swaywm pretty seamless. Most of the migration/config was finding wayland-native alternatives for various utilities (screenshot, notification daemon, some applications) but there are lots of helpful blog posts (below). - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Anyone here use tiling window managers?
    Since Sway is a port of to Wayland, for enlightening I suggest you look for info on the latter. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Window manager suggestion for arch newbie
    i3 is probably the most well-documented and well-supported, and has a pretty simple configuration syntax. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Installed Arch Linux but ran into issue
    It is a suggestion to install i3wm instead of gnome/KDE/xfce etc.. Check out some videos first, you might not like it.. Forces you to take a step back and rethink how you interact with your desktop. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • No Start Menu for You
    > Dock to a different dock (hot-desking; same brand and size of monitor) and the entire display options need to be re-written - no option to preserve it Does anything do this properly? I use i3[0], and wrote some super janky automation to preserve my layouts when I switched from dock to no dock and back. It has the concept of layouts that can be stored/loaded. So I had a script that would dump the layout, I had to... - Source: Hacker News / 2 months ago
  • How to split panes like the thumbnail of the i3wm front page?
    On video thumbnail of the font page:, there is a vertical split, then in the right side of the vert split, another vertical split, which concludes with a horizontal split. In which all the splits are focused on one side of the first vertical split. How is that achieved? - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • i3 + SDDM login problem
    It's been years since I messed with i3wm, but then I found to be very helpful. Good luck. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • I relogged to gnome once, and not my terminals look like this
    Hey, so I have been using i3 for a long time on my current machine with ubuntu. Last night I had to relog to gnome, and after backing to i3, my terminal suddenly got this skin/theme. Before, they looks like from this example image from Does somebody know how can I get back to this style? - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Alpine Desktop?
    Might be referring to i3 window manager :D. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Old version of i3 in apt
    Hello, just wanted to say that when running apt search i3-wm it shows that the version provided by apt is 4.20.1-1, but the latest stable is 4.21.1, as shown here. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Why is Tmux better than neovim's built-in terminal?
    Tiling Window Manger like i3 it is like tmux but for everything on your computer. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Neovim/vim is evil
    Hi, by i3 you meant this ? - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Show HN: Rethinking Tabs in Firefox
    Probably separate windows for the tabs deserving to be promoted to apps and a tiling window manager would achieve what GP wants. We have comments here on HN praising i3. However the always open tabs I use work with most of the time work better in full screen mode on my 15" laptop. Sentry, TeamCity, YouTrack, Bitbucket, AWS (more than one tab), Google Cloud Console, the web apps I'm working on.... - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • linux c++ devs, what does your dev environment look like?
    Neovim in tmux, or neovim-qt if I don't need to be able to attach to the session remotely. I occasionally bounce back to Emacs, but that's becoming less often now that the TreeSitter and LSP plugins for Neovim have gotten so good. All of that lives in an Xorg session managed by i3. Docs live in zeal. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Delete old version of i3
    Package: i3 Version: 4.21-1~~jammy1 Priority: optional Section: x11 Source: i3-wm Maintainer: Debian i3 maintainers Installed-Size: 21,5 kB Depends: i3-wm (= 4.21-1~~jammy1) Recommends: i3lock (>= 2.2), suckless-tools, dunst Homepage: Download-Size: 14,8 kB APT-Manual-Installed: yes APT-Sources: jammy/universe amd64 Packages Description: metapackage (i3 window manager,... - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of i3

Top 13 Best Tiling Window Managers For Linux In 2022
Sway is a tiling Wayland i3-compatible window manager that dynamically arranges app windows to rationally maximise desktop space. It is free, open-source, and lightweight. By default, it arranges windows in a grid and supports practically all of the i3 commands.
Top 10 Best Desktop Environments in 2020
i3-wm is one of my most loved standalone window managers, qualifying it to easily fit under the desktop environment list! The configuration is just very easy, and you can change everything that you see on screen. This includes what information you see on the bottom panel, how windows behave, and keyboard shortcuts to move, align, and set up windows on the screen.
13 Best Tiling Window Managers for Linux
Sway is a free, open-source, and lightweight tiling Wayland i3-compatible window manager that automatically arranges app windows to logically maximize desktop space. It arranges windows into a grid by default and supports almost all the commands included in i3.
5 Great Tiling Window Managers for Linux
I begun testing i3 just this week. I was always fascinated by the Tiling WM’s as they seem really light on system resources and functional. To my surprise , although i3 is really easy to customize, and works really well (at least for my needs) , I found that it isn’t really that lightweight. I had Mate desktop environment use the same amount of RAM. Maybe I was mislead to believe that fewer graphical elements on...

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