Awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X.
After extracting the dist tarball, run:
This will create a build directory, run
cmake in it and build Awesome.
After building is finished, you can either install via
make install # you might need root permissions
or by auto-generating a .deb or .rpm package, for easy removal later on:
make package sudo dpkg -i awesome-x.y.z.deb # or sudo rpm -Uvh awesome-x.y.z.rpm
NOTE: Awesome uses
cmake to build. In case you want to
pass arguments to
cmake, please use the
CMAKE_ARGS environment variable. For
sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel git git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/awesome-git.git cd awesome-git makepkg -fsri
sudo apt build-dep awesome git clone https://github.com/awesomewm/awesome cd awesome make package sudo apt install *.deb
Awesome has the following dependencies (besides a more-or-less standard POSIX environment):
Additionally, the following optional dependencies exist:
backtrace_symbols()to generate slightly better backtraces on crashes
Xvfbfor running integration tests
You can directly select Awesome from your display manager. If not, you can
add the following line to your
.xinitrc to start Awesome using
.xsession to start Awesome using your display manager:
In order to connect Awesome to a specific display, make sure that
DISPLAY environment variable is set correctly, e.g.:
DISPLAY=foo.bar:1 exec awesome
(This will start Awesome on display
:1 of the host foo.bar.)
The configuration of Awesome is done by creating a
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/awesome/rc.lua file, typically
An example configuration named
awesomerc.lua is provided in the source.
On most systems any message printed by Awesome (including warnings and errors)
is written to
If Awesome does not start or the configuration file is not producing the desired results the user should examine this file to gain insight into the problem.
You can call
gdb like this:
DISPLAY=:2 gdb awesome
gdb set any arguments and run it:
(gdb) set args --replace (gdb) run
You can join us in the
#awesome channel on the OFTC IRC network.
You can ask questions on Stack Overflow.
We also have a awesome subreddit where you can share your work and ask questions.
Please report any issues you may find on our bugtracker.
Online documentation is available here.