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Wmii-3.6 screenshot.png
wmii with both 'floating' and 'managed' windows.
Developer(s) Kris Maglione
Stable release 3.6 / November 16, 2007
Operating system Unix-like
Type Window manager
License MIT License

wmii is a dynamic window manager for X11. It supports classic and tiling[1] window management with extended keyboard, mouse, and filesystem based remote control. It replaces the workspace paradigm with a new tagging approach.

In its default configuration, wmii's interface is similar to that of the Vi text editor; the windows are controlled with Alt+H,J,K,L and can be combined with Alt+Shift+H,J,K,L. This enables to build dynamic layouts easily in contrast to other window managers with fixed layouts such as Ion. However, the window manager offers extensive configuration through a virtual filesystem similar to that offered by Plan 9 from Bell Labs.[2] Every window, tag, and column is represented in the virtual filesystem, and windows are controlled by manipulating their file objects (in fact, the configuration file is just a script interfacing the virtual files). This RPC system allows many different configuration styles, including those provided in the base distribution in plan9port, bourne shell, Python, and Ruby.

Like the similar dwm, wmii is initially configured to use dmenu for program launching, and supports quick access to custom scripts located in a subdirectory of the user's home directory.

In its upcoming release (hg-tip), wmii supports Xinerama.[3]

See also

Similar window managers:

  • dwm - An alternate wm by the same author as wmii
  • awesome
  • Ion
  • ratpoison
  • stumpwm - The successor to ratpoison
  • rio - Plan 9 from Bell Labs' windowing system
  • WMFS - A very light window manager
  • Xmonad - A tiling window manager written in Haskell
  • Orion - A window manager written in Scheme (Scsh and Scheme 48) [4]

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