Blackbox is a lightweight stacking window manager. It was last updated November 3, 2005 with no plans for future releases, however its design has inspired many forks and spiritual successors.


Install blackbox.

To start Blackbox with Xinitrc, use the following line:

exec blackbox


There are several additional packages to enhance the functionality of Blackbox (though they may also work well with other minimalist window managers):

  • bbrun a run dialog for starting programs
  • bbpager a pager
  • bbkeysAUR configures keyboard shortcuts

See also