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flwm is a window manager based on wm2. Primary features are:

  • Nifty sideways titlebars.
  • No icons. You deiconize by picking off a pop-up menu. This means no space is wasted by icons.
  • The same pop-up menu controls multiple desktops and lets you launch programs.
  • Occupies as little screen space as possible. The border and titles are as thin as they could possibly be. And maximized windows waste zero pixels vertically.
  • Independent maximize buttons for width & height.
  • Understands Motif, KDE, and Gnome window manager hints, and works with SGI programs that assume 4DWM.
  • Really small and fast code.


User manpage included


Download version 1.00 (stable)
released on 14 April 2001

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey14 April 2003

Leaders and contributors

Bill Spitzak Maintainer
Nafees Bin Zafar Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build fltk library (
Required to use fltk library (

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 April 2003.


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