Just a reminder: xmonad articles and tips are collected on twitter. See you there!


xmonad contributor sereven has kindly designed an xmonad keybindings cheatsheet, in the style of the famous vi cheatsheet.


xmonad 0.8.1 is out. It is functionally identical to xmonad 0.8, but adds tweaks to build with GHC 6.10 (which is now the default on some distributions). xmonad-contrib is also up to date.

Meanwhile, work continues on the head branches, with many new improvements coming up for xmonad 0.9.

If you’re using GHC 6.10, get the latest release from Hackage.

After a year running a rather old school website, Devin Mullins has rewritten the site from scratch, to be much simpler, much easier to navigate, and with a renewed focus on “why you want xmonad”, and “how it makes your work easier” (hint: you stop wasting time organising your desktop, and can spend more type getting stuff done!). Yeah, we love Kathy Sierra, in xmonad land. Users rule!

There’s also a new section for videos too. So grab xvidcap, istanbul or recordmydesktop and record how you use xmonad. Show us something we don’t know!

To kick off the screencast season, here’s a reprise of the Haskell Workshop demo from a year ago, with Don S. talking about the design process behind xmonad:

And see you all at ICFP next week! Or on twitter, or on IRC.

The screencasts are starting to appear. Here, a simple tour recorded with xvidcap,

The xmonad dev team is pleased to announce xmonad 0.8!

Download the xmonad 0.8 release


  • A general purpose replacement for “gaps” has been adopted.
  • Floating windows pop up on the current screen by default
  • Locale support
  • Rock solid code. No new crash-inducing bugs reported.
  • Many new extensions, including the ability to write your own configuration parsers.
  • The 1000th commit was made to the project

xmonad is a leading tiling window manager, known for its reliability, flexibility, and efficiency. It supports true Xinerama tiling, and easy, rapid extension and customisation.

And yeah, it even runs on the openmoko:

We have had more than 70 developers contribute to the project. Thank you all!

Get it!

Information, screenshots, documentation, tutorials and community resources are available from the xmonad home page.