Developer(s)Joe Wingbermuehle
Stable release
2.4.2[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 28 May 2022
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeWindow manager
License2016: MIT[a]
2005: GPL-2.0-only[b]

JWM (Joe's Window Manager) is a lightweight stacking window manager for the X Window System written by Joe Wingbermuehle. JWM is written in C and uses only Xlib at a minimum. Configuration is done by editing an XML file; no graphical configuration is necessary or supplied.

Support for the following can be added as compile-time options:

It provides an interface similar to Windows 98 and can support some GNOME, Motif and Extended Window Manager Hints.

JWM is the default window manager used in Damn Small Linux version 4.x, Puppy Linux and SliTaz (< 2.0). It is used also in an edition of Manjaro Linux.[2]

The Joe of JWM is not the same Joe as the Joe of JOE.

See also


  1. ^ MIT since 2016-07-22, version 2.3.6.
  2. ^ GPL-2.0-only from 2005-09-05 until 2016-07-02, version 2.3.5.


  1. ^ https://github.com/joewing/jwm/releases/tag/v2.4.2.
  2. ^ "Manjaro JWM". Retrieved 18 December 2015.

Further reading