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A compact, hackable dwm-like compositor for Wayland

dwl is intended to fill the same space in the Wayland world that dwm does in X11, primarily in terms of philosophy, and secondarily in terms of functionality. dwl is easy to understand, minimal, extendable, and tied to as few external dependencies as possible.


  • Any features provided by dwm/Xlib: simple window borders, tags, keybindings, client rules, mouse move/resize (excluding built-in status bar)
  • Configurable multi-monitor layout support, including position and rotation
  • Configurable HiDPI/multi-DPI support
  • Provide information to external status bars via stdout/stdin
  • Urgency hints via xdg-activate protocol
  • Various Wayland protocols
  • XWayland support as provided by wlroots
  • Zero flickering - Wayland users naturally expect that "every frame is perfect"

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Panos Alevropoulos, Craigt

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17 March 2022

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Software prerequisites

Required to buildwayland-protocols
Required to buildwlroots


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