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BMPanel (BitMap Panel) is a lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for X11 Window System, which contains a desktop switcher, taskbar, system tray and clock. The application is inspired by simplicity of fspanel. BMPanel has a modern look and feel, while keeping itself tiny and small.


bmpanelAUR can be found in the AUR. However, BMPanel is not maintained anymore, and it is recommended to try bmpanel2-gitAUR.


Themes must be installed in the ~/.bmpanel/themes (respectively ~/.local/share/bmpanel2/themes for bmpanel2) directory. If it does not exist the directory must be created.

To get themes, download them from here and extract them to ~/.bmpanel/themes or install the bmpanel-themesAUR package. Altering design of the theme can be done by adapting the ~/.bmpanel/themes/<THEME_NAME>/theme file. More information on this can be found here.

BMPanel2 themes are available in the bmpanel2-themesAUR package. Further information about available themes can be found here.

Starting bmpanel

To start bmpanel automatically after the login you need to write this to your ~/.xinitrc file:

# Starting bmpanel
/usr/bin/bmpanel theme_name &


/usr/bin/bmpanel2 --theme=theme_name &