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amiwm - Amiga Workbench-like X Window Manager


FastQuit: {yes|no}
SizeBorder {right|bottom|both|none}
ForceMove {manual|auto|always}
IconDir path
DefaultIcon name
IconPalette {system|magicwb|schwartz|“filename}
CustomIconsOnly {yes|no}
ShortLabelIcons {yes|no}
TitleBarClock {yes|no}
TitleClockFormat [<number>] time string
name command hotkey
ToolItem Separator
name { <tool item commands>}
Screen [<number>]
name [initstring]
InterScreenGap number
AutoRaise {yes|no}
Focus {followmouse|sloppy|clicktotype}
Copyright Notices




amiwm is an X Window manager that tries to make your workstation look like an Amiga®.


Amiwm is configurable with a $HOME/.amiwmrc-file containing some or all of the following options:

FastQuit: {yes|no}

Specifies whether amiwm should quit directly when the Quit menu item is selected, rather than popping up a requester. (on/off or true/false can be used instead of yes/no.)

SizeBorder {right|bottom|both|none}

Specifies which border should be enlarged when a sizegadget is present.

ForceMove {manual|auto|always}

Enables you to move windows outside the perimeter of the root window when pressing shift, when trying to drag at least 25% of the window ofscreen, or always, respectively.

IconDir path

Specifies a directory in which amiwm will look for icons.

DefaultIcon name

Gives the filename of the .info file to use as a default icon. It is relative to the IconDir.

IconPalette {system|magicwb|schwartz|“filename}

Selects either the Workbench® default palette, or the MagicWorkbench standard palette for use with icons. The third option is a 16 color palette used on the "Eric Schwartz Productions CD Archive". Alternatively, the filename of a PPM file representing the palette to use can be used.

ScreenFont “fontname

Selects a font to use for windowtitles etc.

IconFont “fontname

Selects a font for icontitles.


bartrimpen} “colorname"

Modifies the colour scheme for the window manager.

CustomIconsOnly {yes|no}

This prevent applications to display their own icons when in iconified state. Only icons defined in amiwmrc for each apps will be used. Because apps own icon are too different from one eachother. They comes in various sizes and themes. Some icons will be 32x32, while some other will be a 128x128 or even bigger .. By using this option, You have the possibility to decide which icon should be used for each app. If no custom icons are defined at all, the will be used for all iconified apps. Format is: style { class "myClass" icon "" } To find out a given program’s class, use "xlsclients -l" to list all opened applications, and then use "xprop -id <0x0000000>" to list a given app’s properties. Use either WM_CLASS or WM_ICON_NAME strings in amiwmrc.

ShortLabelIcons {yes|no}

This limit the length of the text for iconified programs. For example, if this option is activated, an iconified program text will be limited to 8 chars + ".." Use this option if you don’t want iconified program text to be loong strings..

TitleBarClock {yes|no}

Enables a clock in the titlebar. It displays the date and time.

TitleClockFormat [<number>] time string

This lets you choose a new format to display the Title Bar Clock. The time string is formatted with the standard strftime() parameters. The default is "%c". It has been found that "%a %b %e %Y %l:%M %p" works well too. Number is the update interval in seconds.

ToolItem “name command hotkey

Adds an item in the Tools menu with the specified name, which executes the command when selected. A string containing a single uppercase letter may be specified as the third argument, making this letter a hotkey for the item.

ToolItem Separator

Inserts a separator bar in the Tools menu.

ToolItem “name { <tool item commands>}

Create ToolItem:s in a submenu with the specified name. It is not legal to create a submenu inside another submenu.

Screen [<number>] “name

Create a new screen with the specified name. It will be placed below all earlier created screens. To move a window between two screens, iconify it and drag the icon over to the other screen. If the second argument is given, this screen is placed on the corresponding X screen.

ModulePath “path(:path...)

Sets one or more directories where amiwm will look for module binaries. The default is AMIWM_HOME. Note that the module binaries cannot be shared amongst different architectures.

Module “name [ initstring]

Start a module with the specified name. If initstring is specified, it is sent to the module. There are currently two modules shipped with amiwm; Background and Keyboard. These are documented in the file README.modules. If a module is limited to a single screen, like the Background module, the screen that was created last is used.

InterScreenGap number

Sets the size in number of pixels of the "video DMA off" area that appears between screens when they are dragged.

AutoRaise {yes|no}

Selects whether windows will automatically be moved to the front when they are activated.

Focus {followmouse|sloppy|clicktotype}

Sets the policy by which windows are given focus. Followmouse is the default and means that the window that contains the mouse pointer will have focus. Sloppy means that the window that had focus last will keep it when the pointer is not over a window. ClickToType is the original AmigaOS policy in which you have to explicitly give focus to windows by clicking in them.


The most likely reason for amiwm to crash is if it can’t find its default icon, or if this is not accepted as a *.info file. If this happens, amiwm _will_ dump core. So make sure that either ’make install’ runs successfully (in which case amiwm will know where its icon is), or that the file .amiwmrc contains a correct specification of the icon’s location.




This program is distributed as freeware. The copyright remains with the author. See the file LICENSE for more information. Amiga and Workbench are registered trademarks of AMIGA International Inc.


Marcus Comstedt,

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