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awesome - awesome window manager



awesome - awesome window manager


awesome [-v | --version] [-h | --help] [-c | --config FILE] [-k | --check] [--search DIRECTORY] [-a | --no-argb] [-r | *--replace]


awesome is a window manager for X. It manages windows in different layouts, like floating or tiled. Any layout can be applied dynamically, optimizing the environment for the application in use and the task currently being performed.
In a tiled layout, windows are managed in a master and stacking area. The master area contains the windows which currently need the most attention, whereas the stacking area contains all other windows. In a floating layout windows can be resized and moved freely. Dialog windows are always managed as floating, regardless of the layout currently applied. The spiral and dwindle layouts are special cases of the tiled layout where the stacking area is arranged in a spiral for the former or as a rectangular fractal for the later.
Windows are grouped by tags in awesome. Each window can be tagged with one or more tags. Selecting certain tags displays all windows with these tags.
awesome can contain small wiboxes which can display anything you want: all available tags, the current layout, the title of the visible windows, text, etc.


-v, --version
Print version information to standard output, then exit.
-h, --help
Print help information, then exit.
-c, --config FILE
Use an alternate configuration file instead of $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/awesome/rc.lua.
-k, --check
Check configuration file syntax.
Add a directory to the library search path.
-a, --no-argb
Don’t use ARGB visuals.
-r, --replace
Replace an existing window manager.


Button1 on tag name
View tag.
Button4, Button5 on tag name
Switch to previous or next tag.
Button4, Button5 on root window
Switch to previous or next tag.
Button1, Button3, Button4, Button5 on layout symbol
Switch to previous or next layout.

Layout modification

Mod4 + Button1 on tag name
Tag current client with this tag only.
Mod4 + Button3 on tag name
Toggle this tag for client.
Button3 on tag name
Add this tag to current view.
Mod4 + Button1 on client window
Move window.
Mod4 + Button3 on client window
Resize window.


Window manager control

Mod4 + Control + r
Restart awesome.
Mod4 + Shift + q
Quit awesome.
Mod4 + r
Run prompt.
Mod4 + x
Run Lua code prompt.
Mod4 + Return
Spawn terminal emulator.
Mod4 + w
Open main menu.


Mod4 + m
Maximize client.
Mod4 + n
Minimize client.
Mod4 + Control + n
Restore client.
Mod4 + f
Set client fullscreen.
Mod4 + Shift + c
Kill focused client.
Mod4 + t
Set client on-top.
Mod4 + j
Focus next client.
Mod4 + k
Focus previous client.
Mod4 + u
Focus first urgent client.
Mod4 + Left
View previous tag.
Mod4 + Right
View next tag.
Mod4 + 1-9
Switch to tag 1-9.
Mod4 + Control + j
Focus next screen.
Mod4 + Control + k
Focus previous screen.
Mod4 + Escape
Focus previously selected tag set.

Layout modification

Mod4 + Shift + j
Switch client with next client.
Mod4 + Shift + k
Switch client with previous client.
Mod4 + o
Send client to next screen.
Mod4 + h
Decrease master width factor by 5%.
Mod4 + l
Increase master width factor by 5%.
Mod4 + Shift + h
Increase number of master windows by 1.
Mod4 + Shift + l
Decrease number of master windows by 1.
Mod4 + Control + h
Increase number of columns for non-master windows by 1.
Mod4 + Control + l
Decrease number of columns for non-master windows by 1.
Mod4 + space
Switch to next layout.
Mod4 + Shift + space
Switch to previous layout.
Mod4 + Control + space
Toggle client floating status.
Mod4 + Control + Return
Swap focused client with master.
Mod4 + Control + 1-9
Toggle tag view.
Mod4 + Shift + 1-9
Tag client with tag.
Mod4 + Shift + Control + 1-9
Toggle tag on client.


awesome is customized by creating a custom $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/awesome/rc.lua file.


awesome can be restarted by sending it a SIGHUP.


awesomerc(5) awesome-client(1)


Of course there’s no bug in awesome. But there may be unexpected behaviors.


Julien Danjou <[1]> and others.