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The developers are describing i3 as a dynamic, tiling window manager. It is one of the most popular tiling window managers available.

The default keybindings are memorable after a while and do follow a logical structure. At first start i3 asks what Modifier key to use, offering Alt and Win (which is the same as super)

The most important default keybings are:

  • Mod+Enter: Open a new terminal emulator (executing “i3-sensible-terminal”)
  • Mod+ Cursor key: change to another window in the indicated direction
  • Mod+w enable tabbed layout. This is actually very nice, alls windows in full screen with giving you tabs at the top, which you can use the same way as you use a task bar.
  • Mod+s stacking layout
  • Mod+e back to tiling layout
  • Mod+Shift+Space Switch the current window to floating layout, which makes it freely resizable
  • Mod+Shift+q Close window
  • Mod+Shift+e Exit i3
  • Mod+Shit+r restart i3

The config file is at ~/.config/i3/config


Change the application starter

bindsym $mod+d exec --no-startup-id rofi -show run

Disable i3bar

comment the bar{ } section of ~/.config/i3/config, which will save memory


RAM Usage

On: Artix Linux

Command Version USS PSS RSS
i3 4.19 87121023614012


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

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wm/tiling/i3.txt · Last modified: 2021/01/18 16:19 by senioradmin

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