According to Wikipedia:
- IceWM is a window manager for the X Window System graphical infrastructure, written by Marko Maček. It was coded from scratch in C++ and is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License. It is relatively lightweight in terms of memory and CPU usage, and comes with themes that allow it to imitate the UI of Windows 95, OS/2, Motif, and other graphical user interfaces.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Starting IceWM
- 3 IceWM as a WM for desktop environments
- 4 Configuration
- 5 File managers
- 6 Troubleshooting
- 7 See also
IceWM can be installed from the official repositories with the package.
Alternatively, you can install the latest development version from the testing branch: AUR. Due to a slow pace of development, the testing versions are often no different from the stable release.AUR. A CVS version is also available: AUR Both of these packages are available in the
Just select IceWM from the session menu of your favourite display manager.
Starting IceWM Manually
For a basic session, append the following to
To run icewm, icewmbg and icewmtray with your IceWM session, append the following to
See xinitrc for details, such as preserving the logind session.
IceWM as a WM for desktop environments
Actions required to use IceWM with DE are basically same as ones for Openbox (and probably any other WM).
Although IceWM configuration is originally text-based, there are GUI-based tools available, notably
/etc/icewm/) or on a user-specific basis (in
To change your icewm configuration from the default, simply copy the default configuration files from
~/.icewm/, for example:
$ mkdir ~/.icewm/ $ cp -R /usr/share/icewm/* ~/.icewm/
preferencesis the core configuration file for IceWM.
menucontrols the contents of the IceWM application menu.
keysallows the user to customize keyboard shortcuts
toolbarrow of launcher icons on the taskbar
winoptionsbehavior of individual applications
startupscript or command (must be executable) executed on startup
shutdownthe same for shutdown
- Startup commands that install system tray applets must be preceded by
sleep 1 &&, otherwise IceWM will create an ugly black window that will prevent it from quitting; in that case, use xkill on the task bar.
- You will have to create the startup script yourself as it is not included in the package. Don't forget to make it executable.
- from the official repositories is a Python script that automatically populates your applications menu based on what is installed in your system. Although this may result in a menu filled with many unwanted applcations, it may still be preferable to manually editing the menu configuration file. When running MenuMaker, use the -f flag to overwrite an existing menu file:
# mmaker -f icewm
- Another tool written in perl is the :
# xdg_menu --format icewm --fullmenu --root-menu /etc/xdg/menus/arch-applications.menu > ~/.icewm/menu
It should be noted that IceWM is a window manager only and therefore does not include a file manager. PCManFM and Rox Filer enable desktop icons, but Idesk can also be used to achieve this functionality.
If you have Intel Graphics you may find that the start menu in your taskbar has no icon. This is due to a recent change in the driver which means that the newer, but more unstable, SNA acceleration backend is used by default instead of the older stable UXA acceleration backend. Instructions for changing the acceleration backend can be found here.
Unable to logout when PCManFM is managing the desktop
If you use PCManFM to manage the desktop you may find that the IceWM logout button no longer works. The workaround is to define a logout command. To do this, open
~/.icewm/preferences, uncomment the following line:
# LogoutCommand="" and enter a command which can be used to logout. For example:
LogoutCommand="pkill -u username" where username is your username.
Shutdown and reboot commands will be ignored if a logout command has been defined. If you want shutdown and reboot options in the logout menu then you must not define a logout command.
If you have defined shutdown and reboot commands (such as systemctl poweroff and systemctl reboot) and you have not defined a logout command but you still find that there are no shutdown or reboot options in the logout menu then it is likely that you are using IceWM 1.3.8. An upstream bug, introduced into IceWM 1.3.8, renders many menu dialogs inert. See here and here The only known workaround is to downgrade to IceWM 1.3.7. You can find the IceWM 1.3.7 package in the Arch Rollback Machine.