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EndeavourOS implementation:

The configuration Source for EndeavourOS initial configuration after fresh install:


maintainer: joekamprad —> setup for i3-wm under EndeavourOS new config 2022 <—


Tutorial for i3-wm settings:

  • background handled by feh
  • gtk3 theme handled by lxappearance-gtk3
  • Filebrowser = Thunar
  • default Terminal-Emulator = xfce4-terminal
    • This is set also inside ~/.profile (export TERMINAL=xfce4-terminal) so remind to change it there too if you want to change4 default terminal.
  • Text-Editor = xed
  • dex : autostarting apps from /etc/xdg/autostart/ (*)
  • Notifications are done with dunst: CONFIG FILE = ~/.config/dunst/dunstrc

dex is enabled by default in config to autostart like on a DE. To disable, comment out the line:

exec --no-startup-id dex --autostart --environment i3

inside ~/.config/i3/config.

Main shortcuts:

[mod] key is set to the win-key (or should i call it linkey?)


default EndeavourOS i3-wm keycodes:

Keybindings are different from the i3 defaults to fit into the setup.

There are 2 tools that helps you to check them:

The keyboard icon on panel open a little GUI helper and by pressing [F1]


Display setup with arandr


  • open arandr and setup display/s as you need.
  • save the setup from arandr menu or button exactly with filename monitor. —> on i3 EndeavourOS we have a starter line in the ~/.config/i3/config
# start a script to setup displays
# put `` into the location specified by this line:
exec --no-startup-id ~/.screenlayout/

this will handle to set display on each login. alternatively, you could manually make a script with xrandr.


is set to default for i3wm and can be changed to:

  • stacking: Only the focused window in the container is displayed. You get a list of windows at the top of the container.

  • tabbed: so each new window will open fullscreen as a tab, you can change between window-tabs with mouse or shortcut: [mod]+Left focus left (left arrow key) [mod]+Right focus right (right arrow key)


  • pulseaudio (mousewheel volume level, rightclick open pulseaudio control)
  • weather (openweather you need to get city code and apikey first [adding it to ~/.config/i3/scripts/]) get your api key here: and City code: (search your city and take the city code from the url in your browser [7 numbers at the end of the url])
  • tray-icons (showing network-manager and update-icon)
  • logout button (poweroff, logout, suspending, hibernate e.t.c.)

panel bar (i3-blocks):

bar legend

  • CONFIG FILE = ~/.config/i3/i3blocks.conf

Logout Menu (rofi):


  • CONFIG FILE = ~/.config/i3/scripts/powermenu

application menu (rofi):


  • rofi color-schemes: ~/.config/rofi/arc_dark_transparent_colors.rasi

power-profiles handler menu:


  • let you easely switch powermodes from the i3-bar.


for rofi menus (application menu and Logout menu):

They can be adjust and chenged inside ~/.config/rofi directory:

Configurations for the menus:

  • ~/.config/rofi/rofidmenu.rasi
  • ~/.config/rofi/powermenu.rasi


  • ~/.config/rofi/arc_dark_transparent_colors.rasi
  • ~/.config/rofi/arc_dark_colors-ori.rasi

colors are in rgba calling transparency in the last colum:

rgba ( 26, 28, 35, 100 % )

General theming // gtk3 and icons:

  • ~/.config/gtk-3.0
  • ~/.Xresources
    There is LXAppearance installed where you can browse and set GTK3 theme, icons and Xcursortheme.
    But Xcursor needs to be set inside the ~/.Xresources manually if you change it in LXAppearance to get applied for all apps.

Tutorial to install EndeavourOS-i3 setup from scratch

for later installs, if you have installed another DE on initial install from the ISO

  1. get the dot files:

git clone

cd endeavouros-i3wm-setup

  1. copy files to the right directories (.config of your user):

cp .Xresources ~/.Xresources

cp -R .config/* ~/.config/

  1. Scripts inside ~/.config/i3/scripts must be executable:

chmod -R +x ~/.config/i3/scripts

  1. set theming for xed texteditor:

dbus-launch dconf load / < xed.dconf

  1. install needed packages:


sudo pacman -S --needed - < i3

or use the packages tool from our repo: eos-packagelist --install "i3-Window-Manager"

Use the i3_install script from the git for automatic install it to your users home: This script will setup configurations needed and install all needed packages:

wget and run it: ./i3_install

warning i3_install will overwrite existing files Make sure you backup users configs before running it on your own.



A nice overview made by EF – Linux Made Simple

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