An example basic X11 window manager.
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basic_wm is a simple reparenting, non-compositing X window manager that demonstrates how to implement the fundamental functionality of a window manager:
It serves as a pedagogical example for my series of articles, How X Window Managers Work, And How To Write One.
To build this example window manager, you will need:
To run and test it, you will need:
xtermto play with
sudo apt-get install \ build-essential libx11-dev libgoogle-glog-dev \ xserver-xephyr xinit x11-apps xterm
sudo yum install \ make gcc gcc-c++ libX11-devel glog-devel \ xorg-x11-server-Xephyr xorg-x11-apps xterm
On Arch Linux, you can install these with:
yaourt -S base-devel libx11 google-glog \ xorg-server-xephyr xorg-xinit xorg-xclock xorg-xeyes xterm
Consult your own distro's documentation for how to install these.
Once you have all the dependencies, building and running it is as simple as:
This will launch a simple Xephyr session like in the following screenshot:
Supported keyboard shortcuts: