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License: BSD
Web: http://i3wm.org/


i3 is a simple window manager with tiling, floating and other window sorting features. It is lightweight, high configurable and easy to learn. A dock is integrated and starts automatically to display the workspaces and a tiny program tray. You have only one configuration file, which is easy to unterstand and modifieable. You don't need to rule any script based programming language like ruby or lua.


  • Simple config file
  • Uses shell commands instead of script-based languages
  • runs on old hardware
  • Drains less akku energy
  • Userfriendly
  • well documented


When you start i3 the first time, there comes a popup window, where you can set your modifier key. You can choose between the ALT and the SUPER/WINDOWS key. In this case I've choosen the SUPER key as the modifier key. So get started with a template configuration file and press

 SUPER + Enter

to get the first terminal open. To modify your shortcuts edit the single config file in $(HOME)/.i3/config The windows called in i3 containers. You can split every container into a subcontainer. To see how this works, watch the video from below. To split windows vertically press


and open a new terminal with

 SUPER + Enter

Then split the the container into two subcontainer by pressing


and then open a new terminal again. Now you see how this basically works. For more information checkout the users documentation

To launch applications without a terminal install dmenu.

Now you can launch the programm with


A small window appears in the top of your screen where you can type the application names. To open Mozilla Firefox for example write firefox Now your window opens on the current screen. You can define that specific windows only appears on specific screens. This is described in the documentation. You can find the link to the documentation in the External links sections.


If you want a mostly finished configuration of i3, there is a openSUSE appliance with green suse styled borders and all applications for a perfect i3 feeling. If you find issues or some improvement contact seilerphilipp


See also

External links