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Christoph Kappel, 2011-05-09 14:00

What is subtle?

subtle is a manual tiling window manager with a rather uncommon approach of tiling: Per default there is no typical layout enforcement, windows are placed on a position (gravity) in a custom grid. The user can change the gravity of each window either directly per grabs or with rules defined by tags in the config.

Windows are visible on views - the virtual desktops in subtle - that have at least one tag in common.


  • Builtin system tray
  • Extendable panel (see sublets)
  • Customizeable key/mouse actions (see grabs)
  • Scriptable with Ruby (see rdoc and subtlext)
  • Commandline client (see subtler)
  • Window tagging
  • EWMH / ICCCM / MWM / XDG Base Directory compliant
  • Xinerama / XRandR support

Where to start?


In case you want to help but don't know how, please help with some documentation and improve the wiki or make a donation. Patches, suggestions and open discussions are always welcome.

Unfinished pages:

Click here to lend your support to: subtle and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !


  • Join #subtle on irc.freenode.org (IRC)
  • Use the bugtracker
  • Ask in the forum
  • Drop a mail to unexist at dorfelite dot net


This code can be distributed under the terms of the GNU GPLv2. See the file COPYING for details.

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