xmonad-contrib-0.13: Third party extensions for xmonad

Copyright(c) Don Stewart <dons@cse.unsw.edu.au>
LicenseBSD3-style (see LICENSE)
MaintainerDon Stewart <dons@cse.unsw.edu.au>
Safe HaskellNone




xmonad calls the logHook with every internal state update, which is useful for (among other things) outputting status information to an external status bar program such as xmobar or dzen. DynamicLog provides several drop-in logHooks for this purpose, as well as flexible tools for specifying your own formatting.



You can use this module with the following in your ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs:

   import XMonad
   import XMonad.Hooks.DynamicLog

If you just want a quick-and-dirty status bar with zero effort, try the xmobar or dzen functions:

main = xmonad =<< xmobar myConfig

myConfig = def { ... }

There is also statusBar if you'd like to use another status bar, or would like to use different formatting options. The xmobar, dzen, and statusBar functions are preferred over the other options listed below, as they take care of all the necessary plumbing -- no shell scripting required!

Alternatively, you can choose among several default status bar formats (dynamicLog or dynamicLogXinerama) by simply setting your logHook to the appropriate function, for instance:

main = xmonad $ def {
   logHook = dynamicLog

For more flexibility, you can also use dynamicLogWithPP and supply your own pretty-printing format (by either defining one from scratch, or customizing one of the provided examples). For example:

   -- use sjanssen's pretty-printer format, but with the sections
   -- in reverse
   logHook = dynamicLogWithPP $ sjanssenPP { ppOrder = reverse }

Note that setting the logHook only sets up xmonad's output; you are responsible for starting your own status bar program (e.g. dzen or xmobar) and making sure xmonad's output is piped into it appropriately, either by putting it in your .xsession or similar file, or by using spawnPipe in your main function, for example:

import XMonad.Util.Run   -- for spawnPipe and hPutStrLn

main = do
    h <- spawnPipe "xmobar -options -foo -bar"
    xmonad $ def {
      logHook = dynamicLogWithPP $ def { ppOutput = hPutStrLn h }

If you use spawnPipe, be sure to redefine the ppOutput field of your pretty-printer as in the example above; by default the status will be printed to stdout rather than the pipe you create.

Even if you don't use a statusbar, you can still use dynamicLogString to show on-screen notifications in response to some events. For example, to show the current layout when it changes, you could make a keybinding to cycle the layout and display the current status:

   , ((mod1Mask, xK_a     ), sendMessage NextLayout >> (dynamicLogString myPP >>= \d->spawn $"xmessage "++d))

Drop-in loggers

dzen :: LayoutClass l Window => XConfig l -> IO (XConfig (ModifiedLayout AvoidStruts l)) Source #

Run xmonad with a dzen status bar set to some nice defaults.

main = xmonad =<< dzen myConfig

myConfig = def { ... }

The intent is that the above config file should provide a nice status bar with minimal effort.

If you wish to customize the status bar format at all, you'll have to use the statusBar function instead.

The binding uses the XMonad.Hooks.ManageDocks module to automatically handle screen placement for dzen, and enables 'mod-b' for toggling the menu bar.

xmobar :: LayoutClass l Window => XConfig l -> IO (XConfig (ModifiedLayout AvoidStruts l)) Source #

Run xmonad with a xmobar status bar set to some nice defaults.

main = xmonad =<< xmobar myConfig

myConfig = def { ... }

This works pretty much the same as dzen function above.

statusBar Source #


:: LayoutClass l Window 
=> String

the command line to launch the status bar

-> PP

the pretty printing options

-> (XConfig Layout -> (KeyMask, KeySym))

the desired key binding to toggle bar visibility

-> XConfig l

the base config

-> IO (XConfig (ModifiedLayout AvoidStruts l)) 

Modifies the given base configuration to launch the given status bar, send status information to that bar, and allocate space on the screen edges for the bar.

dynamicLog :: X () Source #

An example log hook, which prints status information to stdout in the default format:

1 2 [3] 4 7 : full : title

That is, the currently populated workspaces, the current workspace layout, and the title of the focused window.

To customize the output format, see dynamicLogWithPP.

dynamicLogXinerama :: X () Source #

Workspace logger with a format designed for Xinerama:

[1 9 3] 2 7

where 1, 9, and 3 are the workspaces on screens 1, 2 and 3, respectively, and 2 and 7 are non-visible, non-empty workspaces.

At the present time, the current layout and window title are not shown. The xinerama workspace format shown above can be (mostly) replicated using dynamicLogWithPP by setting ppSort to getSortByXineramaRule from XMonad.Util.WorkspaceCompare. For example,

def { ppCurrent = dzenColor "red" "#efebe7"
    , ppVisible = wrap "[" "]"
    , ppSort    = getSortByXineramaRule

xmonadPropLog' :: String -> String -> X () Source #

Write a string to a property on the root window. This property is of type UTF8_STRING. The string must have been processed by encodeString (dynamicLogString does this).

xmonadPropLog :: String -> X () Source #

Write a string to the _XMONAD_LOG property on the root window.

Build your own formatter

dynamicLogWithPP :: PP -> X () Source #

Format the current status using the supplied pretty-printing format, and write it to stdout.

dynamicLogString :: PP -> X String Source #

The same as dynamicLogWithPP, except it simply returns the status as a formatted string without actually printing it to stdout, to allow for further processing, or use in some application other than a status bar.

data PP Source #

The PP type allows the user to customize the formatting of status information.




  • ppCurrent :: WorkspaceId -> String

    how to print the tag of the currently focused workspace

  • ppVisible :: WorkspaceId -> String

    how to print tags of visible but not focused workspaces (xinerama only)

  • ppHidden :: WorkspaceId -> String

    how to print tags of hidden workspaces which contain windows

  • ppHiddenNoWindows :: WorkspaceId -> String

    how to print tags of empty hidden workspaces

  • ppUrgent :: WorkspaceId -> String

    format to be applied to tags of urgent workspaces.

  • ppSep :: String

    separator to use between different log sections (window name, layout, workspaces)

  • ppWsSep :: String

    separator to use between workspace tags

  • ppTitle :: String -> String

    window title format

  • ppTitleSanitize :: String -> String

    escape / sanitizes input to ppTitle

  • ppLayout :: String -> String

    layout name format

  • ppOrder :: [String] -> [String]

    how to order the different log sections. By default, this function receives a list with three formatted strings, representing the workspaces, the layout, and the current window title, respectively. If you have specified any extra loggers in ppExtras, their output will also be appended to the list. To get them in the reverse order, you can just use ppOrder = reverse. If you don't want to display the current layout, you could use something like ppOrder = \(ws:_:t:_) -> [ws,t], and so on.

  • ppSort :: X ([WindowSpace] -> [WindowSpace])

    how to sort the workspaces. See XMonad.Util.WorkspaceCompare for some useful sorts.

  • ppExtras :: [X (Maybe String)]

    loggers for generating extra information such as time and date, system load, battery status, and so on. See XMonad.Util.Loggers for examples, or create your own!

  • ppOutput :: String -> IO ()

    applied to the entire formatted string in order to output it. Can be used to specify an alternative output method (e.g. write to a pipe instead of stdout), and/or to perform some last-minute formatting.


Default PP Source # 


def :: PP #

defaultPP :: PP Source #

Deprecated: Use def (from Data.Default, and re-exported by XMonad.Hooks.DynamicLog) instead.

The default pretty printing options, as seen in dynamicLog.

def :: Default a => a #

Example formatters

dzenPP :: PP Source #

Settings to emulate dwm's statusbar, dzen only.

xmobarPP :: PP Source #

Some nice xmobar defaults.

sjanssenPP :: PP Source #

The options that sjanssen likes to use with xmobar, as an example. Note the use of xmobarColor and the record update on def.

byorgeyPP :: PP Source #

The options that byorgey likes to use with dzen, as another example.

Formatting utilities

wrap Source #


:: String

left delimiter

-> String

right delimiter

-> String

output string

-> String 

Wrap a string in delimiters, unless it is empty.

pad :: String -> String Source #

Pad a string with a leading and trailing space.

trim :: String -> String Source #

Trim leading and trailing whitespace from a string.

shorten :: Int -> String -> String Source #

Limit a string to a certain length, adding "..." if truncated.

xmobarColor Source #


:: String

foreground color: a color name, or #rrggbb format

-> String

background color

-> String

output string

-> String 

Use xmobar escape codes to output a string with given foreground and background colors.

xmobarStrip :: String -> String Source #

Strip xmobar markup, specifically the fc, icon and action tags and the matching tags like /fc.

xmobarStripTags Source #


:: [String]


-> String 
-> String

with all tag.../tag removed

dzenColor Source #


:: String

foreground color: a color name, or #rrggbb format

-> String

background color

-> String

output string

-> String 

Use dzen escape codes to output a string with given foreground and background colors.

dzenEscape :: String -> String Source #

Escape any dzen metacharacters.

dzenStrip :: String -> String Source #

Strip dzen formatting or commands.

Internal formatting functions

pprWindowSet :: WorkspaceSort -> [Window] -> PP -> WindowSet -> String Source #

Format the workspace information, given a workspace sorting function, a list of urgent windows, a pretty-printer format, and the current WindowSet.

To Do

  • incorporate dynamicLogXinerama into the PP framework somehow
  • add an xmobarEscape function