polybar is a fast and easy-to-use tool for creating status bars. It aims to be easily customizable, utilising many modules which enable a wide range of (editable) functionality, such as displaying workspaces, the date, or system volume. Polybar is especially useful for window managers that have a limited or non-existent status bar, such as awesome or i3. Polybar can also be used with desktop environments like Plasma.
Install the package. The development version is AUR.
Copy the configuration example from
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/polybar/config. By default, polybar will load the config file from
/etc/polybar/config.ini depending on which it finds first.
polybar --help for a list of options to run it manually. However, you will probably want to run Polybar with your window manager's bootstrap routine. See #Running with a window manager.
A very basic polybar configuration may look like this:
[bar/mybar] modules-right = date [module/date] type = internal/date date = %Y-%m-%d%
It defines a bar named
mybar with a module called
Polybar will also install the default configuration with many preconfigured modules in
Running with a window manager
Create an executable file containing the startup logic, for example
#!/bin/bash # Terminate already running bar instances killall -q polybar # If all your bars have ipc enabled, you can also use # polybar-msg cmd quit # Launch Polybar, using default config location ~/.config/polybar/config.ini polybar mybar 2>&1 | tee -a /tmp/polybar.log & disown echo "Polybar launched..."
This script will mean that restarting your window manager will also restart Polybar.
To execute this script by your window manager on startup, see Autostarting#On_window_manager_startup.