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FVWM is an extremely powerful ICCCM-compliant multiple virtual desktop window manager for the X Window system.

Originally (long time ago) derived from twm. FVWM is intended to have a small memory footprint and a rich feature set, be extremely customizable and extendable. It is highly extensible through its module interface.

This 2.6 version includes new features like full support of the EWMH (Extended Window Manager Hints) specification, internationalization, improved window decoration code (no flickering anymore), bi-directional asian text support, FreeType font support (antialiasing), image rendering, Perl based module library, support for PNG images, side titles and much more.


User manpages available in HTML format from; User FAQ included in the distribution


Download version 2.6.5 (stable)
released on 20 April 2012

VCS Checkout

cvs -d checkout -r branch-2_6 fvwm


Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Debian: Vincent W. Chen <>22 October 2013

Leaders and contributors

Brady Montz; see the AUTHORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor
Charles Hines Contributor
Robert Nation Contributor
Dominik Vogt Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug reports E-mail
Debian Download
Help, support E-mail
Developer Download
User Download
User Newsgroup
Forum Homepage
User Newsgroup

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build autoconf
Required to build automake

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 3 October 2015.


Date 2015-07-17
Source Debian
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