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StumpWM is a tiling, full-screen window manager written entirely in Common Lisp. The successor to the cult classic Ratpoison window manager ("GNU Screen to the power of X"), StumpWM adds all the flexibility and hackability of common lisp, allowing the user to make modifications even to the source of the window manager even while it's running.

From the StumpWM homepage:

If you're tired of flipping through themes like channel-surfing, and
going from one perfect-except-for-just-one-thing window manager to
another even-more-broken-in-some-other-way then perhaps Stumpwm can
Stumpwm attempts to be customizable yet visually minimal. There are
no window decorations, no icons, and no buttons. It does have various
hooks to attach your personal customizations, and variables to tweak.

Want to see it in action? A StumpWM user created a video.



  1. Install SBCL
    • pacman -S sbcl
  2. Install clx from AUR.
    • If you really don't want to use a PKGBUILD here, you can also use asdf-install to install clx.
  3. Install cl-ppcre
    • Again, this can be installed with asdf-install if you really don't like PKGBUILDs.
  4. Install git
    • pacman -S git
  5. Install stumpwm from AUR.
    • Alternately, you can check it out directly from the git repo., as described on the homepage. Read the directions and check the StumpWM wiki for compilation instructions.

With Clisp

  1. Use the clisp-new-clx PKGBUILD from AUR to install clisp.
  2. Install cl-ppcre from AUR.
  3. Install the clisp version of StumpWM from AUR.

As with SBCL, it's also possible to do everything the hard way. See the directions above.

Documentation and Support

If you installed StumpWM by hand or still have the source lying around, there's a TeXInfo manual.

There's also a wiki, an IRC channel (#stumpwm) on Freenode, and a mailing list. For more information, of course, see the project's website.


See the wiki for a variety of useful tweaks for your .stumpwmrc.

If you're an emacs user, you'll find an emacs major mode for editing StumpWM files (and interfacing with the program stumpish, but more on that below) in the contrib/ directory of the StumpWM source. If you're using clisp, this file can also be found in /usr/share/stumpwm/.

stumpish is the STUMP window manager Interactive SHell. It's a program that allows the user to interact with StumpWM while it's running, from the comfort of a terminal (or using the emacs mode). It can be found in the contrib/ directory of the StumpWM source. If you use clisp, this file can also be found in /usr/bin/.

Happy hacking!