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      1 ![dwm](dwm.svg)
      2 
      3 dwm is a dynamic window manager for X. It manages windows in tiled, monocle and
      4 floating layouts. All of the layouts can be applied dynamically, optimising the
      5 environment for the application in use and the task performed.
      6 
      7 In tiled layout windows are managed in a master and stacking area. The master
      8 area contains the window which currently needs most attention, whereas the
      9 stacking area contains all other windows. In monocle layout all windows are
     10 maximised to the screen size. In floating layout windows can be resized and
     11 moved freely. Dialog windows are always managed floating, regardless of the
     12 layout applied.
     13 
     14 Windows are grouped by tags. Each window can be tagged with one or multiple
     15 tags. Selecting certain tags displays all windows with these tags.
     16 
     17 Each screen contains a small status bar which displays all available tags, the
     18 layout, the number of visible windows, the title of the focused window, and the
     19 text read from the root window name property, if the screen is focused. A
     20 floating window is indicated with an empty square and a maximised floating
     21 window is indicated with a filled square before the windows title. The selected
     22 tags are indicated with a different color. The tags of the focused window are
     23 indicated with a filled square in the top left corner. The tags which are
     24 applied to one or more windows are indicated with an empty square in the top
     25 left corner.
     26 
     27 dwm draws a small customizable border around windows to indicate the focus
     28 state.
     29 
     30 [![Screenshot](screenshots/dwm-20100318s.png)](screenshots/dwm-20100318.png)
     31 
     32 Differences
     33 -----------
     34 In contrast to ion, larswm, and wmii, dwm is much smaller, faster and simpler.
     35 
     36 * dwm has no Lua integration, no 9P support, no shell-based configuration, no
     37   remote control, and comes without any additional tools, such as for printing
     38   the selection or warping the mouse.
     39 * dwm is only a single binary, and its source code is intended to be kept small.
     40 * dwm doesn't distinguish between layers: there is no floating or tiled layer.
     41   Whether or not the clients of currently selected tag(s) are in tiled layout,
     42   you can rearrange them on the fly. Popup and fixed-size windows are always
     43   floating, however.
     44 * dwm is customized through editing its source code, which makes it extremely
     45   fast and secure - it does not process any input data which isn't known at
     46   compile time, except window titles and status text read from the root window's
     47   name. You don't have to learn Lua/sh/ruby or some weird configuration file
     48   format (like X resource files), beside C, to customize it for your needs: you
     49   only have to learn C (at least in order to edit the header file).
     50 * Because dwm is customized through editing its source code, it's pointless to
     51   make binary packages of it. This keeps its userbase small and elitist. No
     52   novices asking stupid questions. There are some distributions that provide
     53   binary packages though.
     54 * dwm reads from the root window's name to print arbitrary status text (like
     55   the date, load, battery charge). That's much simpler than larsremote, wmiir and
     56   what not...
     57 * dwm creates a view for each Xinerama screen.
     58 
     59 Links
     60 -----
     61 * Mailing List: `dev+subscribe@suckless.org`
     62   ([Archives](//lists.suckless.org/dev/))
     63   ([Old Archives](//lists.suckless.org/dwm/)) (see
     64   [community](//suckless.org/community/) for details)
     65 * IRC channel: #suckless at irc.oftc.net
     66 
     67 Download
     68 --------
     69 * [MIT/X Consortium license](//git.suckless.org/dwm/plain/LICENSE)
     70 * [dwm 6.3](//dl.suckless.org/dwm/dwm-6.3.tar.gz) (26kb) (2022-01-07)
     71 * See also [dmenu](//tools.suckless.org/dmenu)
     72 
     73 Support
     74 -------
     75 See the [faq](//dwm.suckless.org/faq) for the frequent questions that are
     76 asked. The next step is to look at the source-code and the config.h for obvious
     77 names, which could be related to the problem that arose. If that does not help
     78 to fix the problem, then there is the #suckless IRC channel and the
     79 mailinglist.
     80 
     81 If it is your first time using dwm, start with reading the
     82 [tutorial](//dwm.suckless.org/tutorial).
     83 
     84 Development
     85 -----------
     86 You can [browse](//git.suckless.org/dwm) its source code repository or get a copy using git with the following command:
     87 
     88 	git clone https://git.suckless.org/dwm
     89 
     90 Miscellaneous
     91 -------------
     92 * Optionally you can install [dmenu](//tools.suckless.org/dmenu) to extend dwm
     93   with a wmii-like menu.
     94 * Wikipedia [article about dwm](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwm)
     95 
     96 Related discussion
     97 ------------------
     98 * [https://www.ghcif.de/tag/dynamic-window-manager/](https://www.ghcif.de/tag/dynamic-window-manager/) (German)
     99 * [dwm blog post in Persian](http://efazati.blog.ir/post/DWM-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D9%BE%D9%86%D8%AC%D8%B1%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%88%DA%A9%D8%B3)
    100 * [http://www.gambaru.de/blog/2011/12/10/elitare-fenstermanager-sind-vielleicht-doch-einfacher-zu-bedienen-als-gedacht/](http://www.gambaru.de/blog/2011/12/10/elitare-fenstermanager-sind-vielleicht-doch-einfacher-zu-bedienen-als-gedacht/)
    101 * [http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/going-fast-dwm](http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/going-fast-dwm)
    102 * [http://www.linuxgoodies.com/review_dwm.html](http://www.linuxgoodies.com/review_dwm.html)
    103 * [http://www.iyiz.com/20-most-simple-and-cool-x-window-managers-for-linux/](http://www.iyiz.com/20-most-simple-and-cool-x-window-managers-for-linux/)
    104 * [http://lbolla.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/dwm-restart/](http://lbolla.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/dwm-restart/)
    105 * [http://danielkaes.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/adding-a-pidgin-trayicon-to-dwm/](http://danielkaes.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/adding-a-pidgin-trayicon-to-dwm/)
    106 * [http://openmindlifestyle.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/howto-compile-and-configure-dwm-tiling-window-manager-on-ubuntu/](http://openmindlifestyle.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/howto-compile-and-configure-dwm-tiling-window-manager-on-ubuntu/)
    107 * [http://lsetc.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/gno-more-gnome/](http://lsetc.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/gno-more-gnome/)
    108 * [http://houst0n.wordpress.com/2009/12/20/dwm-the-dynamic-window-manager-for-solaris/](http://houst0n.wordpress.com/2009/12/20/dwm-the-dynamic-window-manager-for-solaris/)
    109 * [http://the-monkeymind.blogspot.com/2007/03/dwm-dynamic-window-manager-home-page-at.html](http://the-monkeymind.blogspot.com/2007/03/dwm-dynamic-window-manager-home-page-at.html)
    110 * [http://tonytraductor.livejournal.com/120674.html](http://tonytraductor.livejournal.com/120674.html)
    111 * [http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=65110](http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=65110)
    112 * [http://wongdev.com/blog/dwm-tags-are-not-workspaces/](http://wongdev.com/blog/dwm-tags-are-not-workspaces/) ([archive](https://archive.is/Fw0Mk))
    113 * [dwm usage and configuration page (french)](http://yeuxdelibad.net/Logiciel-libre/Suckless/dwm/index.html)
    114 * [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ5s6T25jCc](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ5s6T25jCc)
    115 * [https://srobb.net/dwm.html](https://srobb.net/dwm.html)
    116 * [http://rhunter.org/blog/2012/04/17/dwm-a-tutorial-for-beginners/](http://rhunter.org/blog/2012/04/17/dwm-a-tutorial-for-beginners/)
    117 * [https://cannibalcandy.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/installing-and-configuring-dwm-under-ubuntu/](https://cannibalcandy.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/installing-and-configuring-dwm-under-ubuntu/)
    118 * [http://blog.yjl.im/2011/07/two-weeks-with-dwm.html](http://blog.yjl.im/2011/07/two-weeks-with-dwm.html)
    119 * [http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=258224](http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=258224)
    120 * [http://opensourceforu.com/2012/03/tiling-window-managers-getting-started-with-dwm/](http://opensourceforu.com/2012/03/tiling-window-managers-getting-started-with-dwm/)
    121 
    122 related projects
    123 ----------------
    124 * [awesome](https://awesomewm.org) -- dwm fork with XCB, EWMH, Lua script, Xft, D-Bus, multihead.. support
    125 * [awm](https://github.com/Alpt/awm/blob/master/README) -- (old) modified dwm with workspaces and /proc like interface
    126 * [bwm](//lists.suckless.org/dwm/0708/3085.html) -- (old) modified dwm with extensive mouse support
    127 * [cons-wm](http://github.com/dharmatech/psilab/tree/master/cons-wm) -- minimalist wm in scheme (not tiled)
    128 * [bug.n](https://github.com/fuhsjr00/bug.n) -- dwm for Windows written in AutoHotkey
    129 * [dvtm](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/) -- virtual terminal manager (dwm on the console)
    130 * [dwl](https://github.com/djpohly/dwl) -- hackable dwm for Wayland
    131 * [dwm-gtx](http://s01.de/~gottox/index.cgi/proj_dwm) -- dwm branch with Xinerama support, pointer movement, different layout
    132 * [dwm-sprinkles](http://0mark.unserver.de/dwm-sprinkles/) -- dwm with colorfull bar, transparency, pre-configured pertag and more
    133 * [dwm-win32](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dwm-win32/) -- dwm ported to windows
    134 * [echinus](http://www.rootshell.be/~polachok/code/) -- dwm fork with EWMH, Xft support
    135 * [i3](http://i3.zekjur.net/) -- wmii fork with XCB, multihead, vertical column, command mode
    136 * [qtile](http://www.qtile.org/) -- pure python wm, used ideas from dwm
    137 * [scrotwm](http://www.peereboom.us/scrotwm/html/scrotwm.html) -- dwm clone with multihead, config file, restart.. support
    138 * [TAL/wm](http://talwm.sourceforge.net/) -- minimal tiled wm based on dwm (discontinued)
    139 * [teslawm](http://teslawm.org/) -- dwm fork with multihead, mouse, stdin commands support (was dwm-rfigura)
    140 * [xmonad](http://www.xmonad.org/) -- dwm clone in haskell