Comparison of X window managers

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This article lists comparisons among X window managers.

Name Capability/size Language License Type Configurable titlebar buttons Graphical configuration Hotkeys ICCCM/EWMH compliant Panel for window switching Tabbed windows Themeable
Kwin (KDE) Heavyweight C++ (Qt) GPL Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metacity (GNOME) Heavyweight C, C++ (GTK+) GPL Compositing or Stacking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compiz Heavyweight C (OpenGL) MIT Compositing Yes Yes Yes Template:Won Yes Yes
Mutter (Gnome Shell) Heavyweight C, C++ (GTK+) (Clutter) GPL Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes Template:Won Yes Yes
Xfwm (Xfce) Middleweight C, C++ (GTK+) GPL, LGPL Compositing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Enlightenment Middleweight C BSD Stacking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Blackbox Middleweight C++ MIT Stacking No Template:Won Template:Won through 0.65 / from 0.70[1] Yes No Yes
Fluxbox Middleweight C++ MIT Stacking Yes Template:Won Yes Yes Yes Yes
Openbox Middleweight C GPL Stacking Yes Template:Won Yes Yes Template:Won No Yes
awesome Middleweight C, Lua GPL Tiling and stacking Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IceWM Middleweight C++ GPL, LGPL Stacking Yes Template:Won Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
xmonad Lightweight Haskell BSD Tiling Yes Yes Yes / ? Template:Won Yes Yes
FVWM Lightweight C GPL Stacking Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes[2] Template:Won[3][4]
Ion Lightweight C, Lua LGPL with non-free clauses Tiling and stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes No Yes Yes
twm Lightweight C MIT License re-parenting No No Yes Yes No Template:Won
Matchbox Minimal C GPL Stacking Yes
sithWM Minimal C GPL Stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes Yes
evilwm Minimal C AEWM[5] Stacking no titlebar buttons No No Template:Won[6] No Yes
dwm Minimal C MIT Tiling no titlebar buttons No Yes Template:Yes-No Yes Yes
WMFS Minimal C BSD Tiling Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
wmii Minimal C MIT Tiling No No Yes No Yes Yes
scrotwm Minimal C BSD Tiling and stacking no titlebar buttons No Yes No No Template:Won

See also

References

  1. "NetWM - Blackbox". http://blackboxwm.sourceforge.net/NetWM. "Blackbox releases up to and including version 0.65.0 follow the ICCCM standard, while 0.70 and later follow EWMH." 
  2. FvwmTabs
  3. Fvwm Themes
  4. FVWM-Crystal
  5. evilwm Readme
  6. "evilwm - standards support". http://www.6809.org.uk/evilwm/standards.shtml. "evilwm releases following and including version 1.1.0 follow the EWMH standard." 

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