xmonad comes in two parts.

BSD/Linux distributions

xmonad is included in many distributions’ package repositories. See if yours is one:

If you think a distribution is missing from this list, let us know.

Notes for Debian/Ubuntu users:

On debian, xmonad is split into three packages, and it might not be obvious what they do.

From tarball

If you prefer to build on your own, you can get the official releases from hackage:

After you’ve downloaded, follow the install instructions and read the documentation on how to configure xmonad.

From git

Keep on the bleeding edge by tracking xmonad development:

git clone
git clone

You will need git to check out the code. From there, follow the install instructions just as with the tarball.

Alternatively, you can install the latest git revision as follows:

cabal install
cabal install

Here are some tools we’ve found work well with xmonad: