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herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager for X. It licensed under the "Simplified BSD License" (see link:LICENSE[LICENSE]).

  • the layout is based on splitting frames into subframes which can be split again or can be filled with windows (similar to i3/ musca)

  • tags (or workspaces or virtual desktops or …) can be added/removed at runtime. Each tag contains an own layout

  • exactly one tag is viewed on each monitor. The tags are monitor independent (similar to xmonad)

  • it is configured at runtime via ipc calls from herbstclient. So the configuration file is just a script which is run on startup. (similar to wmii/musca)

For more, see the[herbstluftwm homepage] -- in particular the[herbstluftwm tutorial] for the first steps (also available as man herbstluftwm-tutorial after installing herbstluftwm on your system).

You are welcome to join the IRC channel #herbstluftwm on


If you want to build herbstluftwm from source, see the link:INSTALL[INSTALL] file.

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