|Developer(s)||Dana Jansens, Mikael Magnusson|
|Initial release||18 September 2002|
3.6.1 / 1 July 2015
|Type||Stacking window manager|
Openbox is a free, stacking window manager for the X Window System, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Originally derived from Blackbox 0.65.0 (a C++ project), Openbox has been completely re-written in the C programming language and since version 3.0 is no longer based upon any code from Blackbox. Since at least 2010, it has been considered feature complete, bug free and a completed project. Occasional maintenance is done to keep it working, but only if needed.
Openbox is designed to be small, fast, and fully compliant with the Inter-Client Communication Conventions Manual (ICCCM) and Extended Window Manager Hints (EWMH). It supports many features such as menus by which the user can control applications or which display various dynamic information.
Openbox is the standard window manager in LXDE and LXQt, and is used in Linux distributions such as BunsenLabs, ArchBang, Lubuntu, Trisquel and Manjaro.
The creator and primary author of Openbox is Dana Jansens of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Openbox provides a right-click (or any other key-binding) "root menu" on the desktop, and allows users to configure the way windows are managed. When a window is minimized, it becomes invisible. To bring windows up again, most use Alt+Tab ↹ or the Desktop menu, accessible by right-clicking. Or, sometimes, by middle-button-clicking. Extending Openbox with other small programs that add icons, taskbars, launchers, eyecandy and others is common.
There are only two configuration files, both located in ~/.config/openbox. They are named menu.xml and rc.xml. These can either be edited manually or with the graphical configuration tools ObConf and obmenu.
All mouse and key-bindings can be configured. For example, a user can set: