Cairo Composite Manager is a versatile and extensible composite manager which uses cairo for rendering. Plugins can be used to add some cool effects to your desktop. It's capable of, but not limited to, rendering of drop shadows, setting window transparency, menu and window animations, and applying decorations.
Install eitherAUR or AUR (for the development version).
Note that the dependency on
package() function in the PKGBUILD.
To start Cairo Composite Manager, simply run:
If it runs for a few seconds and then crashes taking the terminal with it, open the Cairo Composite Manager and disable the 'Freeze' plugin:
$ cairo-compmgr --configure
If it does not start at all disable the 'Clone' plugin.
To have it load every time you start X, you can add it to your
Once started, Cairo Composite Manager installs itself in your systray and you can configure it by by right-clicking the systray icon.
If you just want Xcompmgr's behaviour, you can disable a lot of the plugins straightaway. Be patient while Cairo Composite Manager unloads a plugin, it might stall your screen for a moment.