Compiz Fusion

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Basic installation can be done using community as repo ( see below ).

The second way is using nesl's git packages. See Compiz_Fusion_Git for more information.

Install from Community

Make sure the Community repository is enabled and run this command as root to install everything:

pacman -S compiz-fusion

Run this if you only want gtk-based packages installed:

pacman -S compiz-fusion-gtk

or this if you only want kde-based packages installed:

pacman -S compiz-fusion-kde 

If you want select personally the packages, here is a list:

List of packages by group

Entire compiz-fusion group: ccsm, compiz-core, compiz-fusion-plugins-extra, compiz-fusion-plugins-main, compizconfig-backend-gconf, compizconfig-backend-kconfig, emerald, emerald-themes, fusion-icon

KDE compiz-fusion group: ccsm, compiz-fusion-plugins-extra, compiz-fusion-plugins-main, compizconfig-backend-kconfig, emerald, emerald-themes, fusion-icon

GTK compiz-fusion group: ccsm, compiz-fusion-plugins-extra, compiz-fusion-plugins-main, compizconfig-backend-gconf, emerald, emerald-themes, fusion-icon

(more TODO?)

Fusion effects

You need to install

  • compiz-fusion-plugins-main
  • compiz-fusion-plugins-extra

to get the full panel of fusion-compiz effects, like cube reflexion, expo, ...

pacman -S compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra

Starting Compiz Fusion

Manual (with "fusion-icon")

Launch the Compiz Fusion tray icon:


note: if it fails, you may try it with dbus-launch

dbus-launch "fusion-icon"

Right click on the icon in the panel and go to 'select window manager'. Choose "Compiz" if it isn't selected already, and you should be set.

If this fails you can start compiz-fusion by using the following commands

 emerald --replace


Manual (without "fusion-icon")

Launch Compiz with the following command once installation is done :

  compiz --replace ccp &

Start new settings manager:

  ccsm &

Select all the plugins you like including “decoration” plugin, Add

  kde-window-decorator --replace

as command string under ‘decoration’ plugin.

Autostart (with "fusion-icon")

You should add a symbolic link to the fusion-icon executable in your KDE Autostart directory (generally located on ~/.kde/Autostart):

 ln -s /usr/bin/fusion-icon ~/.kde/Autostart/fusion-icon

Next time you start KDE it will load fusion-icon automatically.

Autostart (without "fusion-icon")

Method 1 - Autostart Link

  • You can ensure that Compiz Fusion will always start at login by appending a desktop entry to the KDE autostart directory. Create the file ~/.kde/Autostart/compiz.desktop with the following contents:
 [Desktop Entry]
 Exec=compiz --replace ccp
  • If you want to use the optional fusion-icon application, launch fusion-icon. If you log out normally with fusion-icon running, KDE should restore your session and launch fusion-icon the next time you log in if this setting is enabled. If it doesn't appear to be working, ensure you have the following line in ~/.kde/share/config/ksmserverrc:

Method 2 - export KDEWM (avoid KWIN)

Using this method will load Compiz-Fusion as the default window manager instead of KWIN from the start. This method is faster then loading Compiz-Fusion in the ~/.kde/Autostart/ (method 1) because it avoids loading KDE's default WM (kwin) first. This way also stops that annoying black screen flicker you might see using other methods (when kwin switches to Compiz on KDE's desktop loading screens).

As root you must create a short script by doing the following in your terminal. This will allow you to load compiz with the switches because doing it directly via export KDEWM="compiz --replace ccp --sm-disable" doesn't seem to work.

 echo "compiz --replace ccp --sm-disable &" > /usr/bin/compiz-fusion

If this doesn't work, install the "fusion-icon" package and then use this line instead:

 echo "fusion-icon &" > /usr/bin/compiz-fusion

Ensure that "/usr/bin/compiz-fusion" has executable (+x) permissions.

Edit your ~/.bashrc and add the following so KDE will load compiz (via the script you just created) instead of loading kwin.

export KDEWM="compiz-fusion"

NOTE: If you use /usr/local/bin directory it may not work. In that case you should export the script with the path, i.e. export KDEWM="/usr/local/bin/compiz-fusion".

NOTE: The elegant way for above mentioned method is to include


line in the ~/.kde/env/ or /opt/kde/env/ (system wide).


Autostart (without "compiz-fusion")


Autostart (with "compiz-fusion")

To start Compiz fusion automatically when starting a session add

  "Compiz Fusion" (Name:)


   "fusion-icon" (Command:)

to the applications that start with your session. You can do this by going to:

  [System] -> [Preferences] -> [Sessions] -> [Startup Programs]

Adding "Compiz Fusion" to the list might be a good idea too so you can switch back to Metacity if need be.


Xfce autostart (without "compiz-fusion")


Xfce autostart (with "compiz-fusion")

Start "Autostarted Applications"


  (Name:) Compiz Fusion


  (Command:) fusion-icon


  • make sure that the environmental variable $XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS is not set

See Compiz_Troubleshooting

Additional Resources