Claude's Tab Window Manager

The Window Manager for Smart Windows

The official CTWM website.

CTWM is a window manager created by Claude Lecommandeur (Claude.Lecommandeur@Epfl.Ch). It has been rather popular for many years, but until beginning of 2003 there has been no official website. Dan Lilliehorn maintained a site dedicated to CTWM between september 14 1999 and the beginning of 2003.

As of the beginning of 2003, Claude has retired from developing and maintaining CTWM, passing it to Richard Levitte.

This homepage has a new URL: http://ctwm.free.lp.se/.
It's essentially a copy of Dan Lilliehorn's page, at least for now.

Currently, this site contains the following:

This website was created and is maintained by Richard Levitte (levitte@lp.se). Feel free to comment, critize or suggest improvements. Last updated



Current releases:

Source repository:

The CTWM source is managed using monotone with the following official repository:

Here is a crash course.

Old releases:


CTWM Documentation

The official CTWM mailing list.

There are a few mailing lists dedicated to CTWM:

This is the main discussion list, where improvements to CTWM are discussed and news announced.
To subscribe, send an email to minimalist@free.lp.se with the following subject line:
subscribe ctwm
An archive of the list (started 2001-09-04)
This is a request list, where you send in bug reports and enhancement requests. Messages sent in here are forwarded to the request tracker (more on the below), which in turn forwards the report or request to ctwm@free.lp.se.
There is no way to subscribe to this list.

CTWM Themes

As you probably know, CTWM is a highly configurable window manager. Spending hours configuring CTWM is among the most fun one can have, if you ask me. But it's always nice to have something to start from. Thus, this section contains "themes" from CTWM.

Themes are a well-known concept with most window managers, but not really with CTWM. What I refer to as a theme in this section is the following: a .ctwmrc-file (of course), an .xinitrc-file (if needed to make the right impression) and the pixmaps one might need to get the right look. If you supply a theme for this site, you should also supply a screenshot in jpeg-or png-format.

(Instead of the rudimentary theme-system introduced below, you might want to use the "CTWM Themes System" by Reivax. Follow the link in the links-section.)

A good idea if you want to use many different themes on your computer is to make ctwm-themes a subdirectory of your $HOME and to put your themes in subdirectories according to their name. Put all relevant files in there. Example:

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drwxr-xr-x   2 dali     101          1024 Sep  6 09:05 .
drwxr-xr-x   4 dali     101          1024 Sep  6 07:49 ..
-rw-r--r--   1 dali     101         24747 Sep  6 09:01 .ctwmrc
-rwxr-xr-x   1 dali     101          1549 Sep  3 13:00 .xinitrc
-rw-r--r--   1 dali     101         44972 Sep  6 09:05 blue4.xpm
-rw-r--r--   1 dali     101           478 Sep  6 09:00 kill.xpm
-rw-r--r--   1 dali     101           485 Sep  6 09:00 winmaximize.xpm
-rw-r--r--   1 dali     101           485 Sep  6 09:00 winminimize.xpm
-rw-r--r--   1 dali     101           475 Sep  6 09:00 x.xpm

Available themes:

Theme install script

To avoid having to move and link to the right .ctwmrc and .xinitrc every time you want to change theme, put this script in your path (suggested name ctwmtheme):

mv .ctwmrc .ctwmrc.old
mv .xinitrc .xinitrc.old
ln -s ctwm-themes/$1/.ctwmrc .
ln -s ctwm-themes/$1/.xinitrc .

The script takes a theme name as its only argument. Example:

# ctwmtheme win98

(this would make win98 become the theme next time I start ctwm.)

CTWM patches assembled by Dan

Local CTWM patches

Patches at other sites

CTWM links

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