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Herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager. Configuration is done with herbstclient command which are typically executed at satrtaup in the file ~/.config/herbstluftwm/autostart. The configuration can get pretty complex. Fortunately there is a default config file at /etc/xdg/herbstluftwm/autostart which you can copy to your local config directory.

There are also additional scripts. In Debian based distros a panel is added at the top.

herbstluftwm consists of frames and tags. A tag can be compared with a virtual desktop. A frame holds one window and can be splitted into subframes. The split occurs vertically or horizontally. Split layout can be changed with Mod+Space

The most important default keybindigs are:

  • Mod-Enter: Open a new xterm
  • Mod+Number: Switch to tag number
  • Mod+Tab: Switch to Window within Frame
  • Mod+.: Cycle through tags
  • Mod+f: toggle fullscreen


RAM Usage

On: Artix Linux

Command Version USS PSS RSS
herbstluftwm 0.9.1 32323939 6884


  • Lightweightness: +++++
  • Simpleness: +++
  • Easiness: ++

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wm/tiling/herbstluftwm.txt · Last modified: 2021/01/18 16:34 by senioradmin

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