I3 vs bspwm

Hi, first of all sorry if it’s in wrong sub-cat, didn’t know where to put this so i chose Lounge

i’ve been using i3 for a while and i really like it (and it’s the first tiling wm i worked with) but recently i was thinking about bspwm, tried to work with but didn’t work out specially with hotkeys ( i defined hotkeys in sxhkd and changed some of those since i was using EOS config but the thing i changed/defined didn’t work) so i gave up and came back to i3

i wanted to know is there any real advantage to use bspwm?
i read some stuff that bspwm uses less resource and have better monitor management but idk if that’s really right or not

Personally I didn’t find anything in bspwm that was better than i3. I spent a fair bit of time with bspwm before I move to i3 and I have never had the urge to reinstall it.

Personally, for me, dwm is better than both of them. But that’s just what works for me.

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thanks for the response
well im not into dwm tbh
im quite happy with i3 and im just curious about bspwm (and if it has a better monitor management than i3, i’m totally down for it)

For that matter, if your video card has Wayland support, there’s not much difference that I can tell between I3 and Sway. I know you didn’t ask that…but…just adding a tidbit. Tiling managers were new to me too only a year or two ago.

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ty for the response
no it doesn’t support so i wont use sway

both are equally good in my opinion
but i always prefer bspwm over i3wm

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I think it’s mainly up to user preference and what you want from the WM also what support you need (Wayland, X … etc).

i3 and bspwm seem to be similar when it comes to tiling. Both get listed as a hybrid but both are manual tilers (at least that’s what I see). But personally, I prefer i3 over bspwm. Because bspwm kind of rely on a lot of external stuff for its function. Like key shortcuts and the bar. i3 has most of those covered.

But I like AwesomeWM more because I think it’s more complete with its environment. Very little other stuff that need to be installed to get a functioning environment. But that’s just me.

If it helps check out this comparison in Arch WiKi.

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the tiling management is different, where i3 has a very static way to handle windows BSPWM is doing this dynamically…
But there are ways to have the same in i3 like the autotiling script from piotr

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@rootiens
if you have started using i3wm and that you really like
Stay at i3wm.
i have bspwm i3wm awesomewm openbox and dwm installed just because i am not normal :crazy_face:
just for fun :wink:
I have them installed because I like them all and when I miss i3wm I log in to i3wm
and when i miss dwm to dwm and etc

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thanks for all the replies

i dont mind bspwm relying on other stuff as im using polybar etc with i3wm rn

thanks for the info about awesome and that link, i’ll read

this really got me :smiley:

yeah i do, to be honest, i get bored too, sometimes i wanna make excuse to jump on other WM like now

this time i spend more time on bspwm to configure the way i want it to be


now i can decide better w/o additional WMs

to be honest
i get bored too
therefore i have usually installed i3wm bspwm dwm openbox awesomewm
i just formatted my ssd so i need to start over
has installed archlabs with i3wm and dwm
so i just need bspwm awesomewm and openbox to install
but it’s easy and fun
i will not say that there is any wm that is better than others
all wm are good
but will say when you have tried i3wm and bspwm enough
then I would recommend trying dwm
happy WM hunting :wink:

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i can’t format SSD :frowning: too much info on it
gotta say really like your configs in screenshot thread, wish we had a link to your github :smiley:

I mostly do backup on usb hdd
before I format my ssd
and what my github I have deleted everything on it it is on a usb hard drive
so when I have all my WM seup ready again I will post it on github and post a link on this forum

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that would be LEGEN-WAIT FOR IT-DARY

if you need help to bspwm i will try to help as i can :slightly_smiling_face:

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my biggest challenge was sxhkd keymapping
others are ok, already even have a preconfigured polybar

thanks for the help in advanced tho :slight_smile:

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