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A fast and easy-to-use tool for creating status bars.

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Polybar aims to help users build beautiful and highly customizable status bars for their desktop environment, without the need of having a black belt in shell scripting.

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The main purpose of Polybar is to help users create awesome status bars. It has built-in functionality to display information about the most commonly used services. Some of the services included so far:

  • Systray icons
  • Window title
  • Playback controls and status display for MPD using libmpdclient
  • ALSA and PulseAudio volume controls
  • Workspace and desktop panel for bspwm and i3
  • Workspace module for EWMH compliant window managers
  • Keyboard layout and indicator status
  • CPU and memory load indicator
  • Battery display
  • Network connection details
  • Backlight level
  • Date and time label
  • Time-based shell script execution
  • Command output tailing
  • User-defined menu tree
  • Inter-process messaging
  • And more...

See the wiki for more details.

Getting Help

If you find yourself stuck, have a look at our Support page for resources where you can find help.


Read our contributing guidelines for how to get started with contributing to polybar.

Getting started


Packaging status

Polybar is already available in the package manager for many repositories. We list some of the more prominent ones here. Also click the image on the right to see a more complete list of available polybar packages.

If you are using Debian (bullseye/11/stable) or later, you can install polybar using

sudo apt install polybar
. Newer releases of polybar are sometimes provided in the backports repository for stable users, you need to enable backports and then install using
sudo apt -t buster-backports install polybar

If you are using Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) or later, you can install polybar using

sudo apt install polybar

If you are using Arch Linux, you can install the AUR package polybar to get the latest version, or polybar-git for the most up-to-date (unstable) changes.

If you are using Void Linux, you can install polybar using

xbps-install -S polybar

If you are using NixOS, polybar is available in both the stable and unstable channels and can be installed with the command

nix-env -iA nixos.polybar

If you are using Slackware, polybar is available from the SlackBuilds repository.

If you are using Source Mage GNU/Linux, polybar spell is available in test grimoire and can be installed via

cast polybar

If you are using openSUSE Tumbleweed, polybar is available from the official repositories and can be installed via

zypper install polybar

If you are using openSUSE Leap, polybar is available from OBS. The package is available for openSUSE Leap 15.1 and above.

If you are using FreeBSD, polybar can be installed using

pkg install polybar
. Make sure you are using the
package branch.

If you are using Gentoo, both release and git-master versions are available in the main repository.

If you are using Fedora, you can install polybar using

sudo dnf install polybar

If you can't find your distro here, you will have to build from source.


Details on how to setup and configure the bar and each module have been moved to the wiki.

Install the example configuration

For a normal installation, polybar will install the example config to

(depending on your install parameters)

From there you can copy it to

to get started (make sure to backup any existing config file there).

Note: This example file is meant to showcase available modules and configuration options. Running it as-is will work but many modules will likely not start because they require machine-specific configuration and many of the font icons will not show up because they require a very specific font configuration. We encourage you to use it as a reference when building your own configuration.

Launch the example bar

$ polybar example


See the wiki for details on how to run polybar.


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