a window director;

awd directs ewmh-compatible x windows managers to layout windows;

awd is not a window manager; so there is no need to replace the current window manager;




pip install awd


to run awd in command line:

awd [options]

it is recommended to bind awd command to a keyboard shortcut; consult your window manager documentation for how to do this; alternatively, use xbindkeys;


  • cascade:

    awd --cascade
  • horizontal tile:

    awd --horizontal
  • vertical tile:

    awd --vertical


enable debug mode

enable debug mode for additional logs:

awd --debug

hide desktop icons

some file managers manage the desktop by adding a window containing icons; this can be disabled with any of these commands:

dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons false

gsettings set org.gnome.background show-desktop-icons false

exclude windows by names

if there are windows that awd doesnt handle properly, they can be excluded:

awd --exclude {name}

awd will ignore windows whose names contain name;

--exclude can be used multiple times;


Copyright (C) 2016-2018 Cyker Way

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