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Openbox Window Manager
Openbox Window Manager, Screenshot of Openbox with Mozilla Firefox, Exaile and Obconf open and Thunar rolled up.
Developer Dana Jansens[1]
Latest version
Release date and age April 23, 2008
Frequently updated yes
Programming language C
Platform Cross-platform, Unix-like
Status active
Genre Window Manager
License GNU General Public License

Openbox est un gestionnaire de fenetres libre pour le systeme X, licencié sous GNU General Public License. Openbox était a l'origine dérivé de Blackbox 0.65.0, mais a été finalement entierement réécrit dans le language C et n'est plus basé sur Blackbox. depuis la version 3.0. [2]

Openbox est étudié pour etre léger, rapide, and fully compliant with the Inter-Client Communication Conventions Manual (ICCCM) and Extended Window Manager Hints (EWMH). It supports many features such as menus by which the user can control applications or which display various dynamic information.

The primary author of Openbox is Dana Jansens of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Using Openbox

Openbox allows a right-click (or any other bind) "root menu" on the desktop, and allows users to configure the way windows are managed. When a window is minimized it becomes invisible. To bring windows up again most use Alt+Tab or the Desktop menu, accessible from the right-click (or, again, any other bind the user wants) menu. Extending Openbox with other small programs that add icons, taskbars, launchers, eyecandy and others is common.


Obconf, a GUI configuration editor for Openbox.

There are only two configuration files located in ~/.config/openbox. They are named menu.xml and rc.xml. If users do not want to edit them by hand, they can do most of the configuration with an easy-to-use tool called ObConf[3]. All mouse and keyboard bindings can be configured. For example, if a user wants a window to go to desktop 3 when the close button is clicked with the middle mouse button, the user can do this trivially. Scrolling on the icon to move to the next/previous desktop and raising or not raising when clicking/moving a window is fully configurable.

Unique features

Openbox's menu system has a method for using dynamic menus. This is done by accepting the output of a script and using that output as the source for a menu. Each time the user points his or her mouse at the sub-menu, the script is re-run and the menu is regenerated. This capability allows users and software developers more flexibility than the standard static menus found in most other window managers.

For instance, two developers wrote a script in Python that lists a user's new Gmail messages in a sub-menu.



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