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Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3’s features, plus a few extras.

About community edition

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  • Wallpaper: swaybg
  • Theme: lxappearance
  • File manager: thunar
  • Terminal: xfce4-terminal or termite
  • Bar: waybar


  • Keybindings: ~/.config/sway/cheatsheet
  • Main config file: ~/.config/sway/config.d/default
  • Auto-start: ~/.config/sway/config.d/autostart_applications
  • Bar: ~/.config/waybar/config


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

    [mod]+Return = open floating terminal (XFCE4-Terminal)
    [mod]+(Shift)+Return = open fixed terminal (Termite)
    [mod]+o = open Browser (firefox)
    [mod]+n = open File Manager (thunar)
    [mod]+d = app menu (wofi)
    [mod]+q = close focused app [kill]
    (Shift)+(Print-Key) = screenshot/bring up screenshot menu
    [mod]+(Shift)+e = power-menu
    [mod]+r = resize mode
    [mod]+(Shift)+(Space) = float window
        {HOLD DOWN} [mod] = drag floating window
    [mod]+(Arrow Keys) = switch focus respectively
    [mod]+(Shift)+(Minus) = send to scratchpad
    [mod]+(Minus) = cycle through scratchpad

Display/login manager

Some login managers support Wayland, and others don’t. The following are confirmed to work with Sway;

Ly: a lightweight TUI (ncurses-like) display manager for Linux and BSD.

yay -S ly

greetd: a minimal and flexible login manager daemon that makes no assumptions about what you want to launch.

yay -S greetd



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