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i3 Tiling Window Manager with a bonus KDE Plasma integration

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Tags: i3wm, window manager, lightweight apps, KDE, KDE Plasma.
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Part of the series: Lightweight Apps

Reviews of light weight applications

What is i3?

  • Lightweight tiling window manager
  • Configured with 2 files
    • ~/.config/i3/config
    • /etc/i3status.conf

Multi-monitor support

Monitor properties

    xrandr -q | grep HDMI
  • HDMI-A-0 disconnected primary (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    xrandr --prop | grep HDMI
  • HDMI-A-0 disconnected primary (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

  • supported: Unknown, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, Wireless, Native


    echo '1 for on 2 for off'
    read monitor
    if [ $monitor == 1 ]; then
    xrandr --output HDMI-A-0 --auto --left-of eDP
    elif [ $monitor == 2 ]; then
    xrandr --output HDMI-A-0 --off

Top keybindings

Mod + O --> Open Firefox
Mod + Enter --> Open Terminal
Mod + M --> Open the Mutt email client
Mod + Shift + M --> Open the Sylpheed email client

Mod1 + D --> Open Dmenu
Mod1 + T --> Open Tenacity

Mod keys

mod1    Alt_L (0x40),  Meta_L (0xcd)

mod4    Super_L (0x85),  Super_R (0x86),  Super_L (0xce),  Hyper_L (0xcf)

Area selection screenshots

  bindsym --release Shift+Print exec import Pictures/Screenshots/screenshot_"$(date "+%a %b %F_%H-%M-%S")".png

Screenshot entire screen

  bindsym --release Print exec import -window root Pictures/Screenshots/screenshot_"$(date "+%a %b %F_%H-%M-%S")".png



Set wallpaper

  exec --no-startup-id feh --bg-fill "~/Pictures/Wallpaper/Star\ Trek/STAR-TREK-Starships-star-trek-2952089-1024-768.jpg"

i3 with KDE

systemctl --user mask plasma-kwin_x11.service

  • plasma-i3.service

    Description=Plasma Custom Window Manager


systemctl --user daemon-reload

systemctl --user enable plasma-i3.service





Wikipedia article on i3

Wikipedia article on Xinerama

Archwiki entry on i3

i3 User Guide

KDE/Plasma with i3wm

Screenshot of i3 with KDE Plasma

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