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sway is an i3-compatible Wayland compositor. Read the FAQ. Join the IRC channel (#sway on irc.libera.chat).
Releases are signed with E88F5E48 and published on GitHub.
Sway is available in many distributions. Try installing the "sway" package for yours.
Compiling from Source
Check out this wiki page if you want to build the HEAD of sway and wlroots for testing or development.
- meson *
- wayland-protocols *
- gdk-pixbuf2 (optional: system tray)
- scdoc (optional: man pages) *
- git (optional: version info) *
* Compile-time dep
Run these commands:
ninja -C build/
sudo ninja -C build/ install
On systems without logind nor seatd, you need to suid the sway binary:
sudo chmod a+s /usr/local/bin/sway
Sway will drop root permissions shortly after startup.
If you already use i3, then copy your i3 config to
~/.config/sway/config and it'll work out of the box. Otherwise, copy the sample configuration file to
~/.config/sway/config. It is usually located at
man 5 sway for information on the configuration.
sway from a TTY. Some display managers may work but are not supported by sway (gdm is known to work fairly well).