Screenshot of Blackbox
Developer(s) [1]
Last release 0.70.1[2] / November 3, 2005 (2005-11-03)[3]
Development status Discontinued
Written in C++
Platform Unix-like
Type X window manager
License MIT[4]
Website .net.sourceforgeblackboxwm
Blackbox 0.7 Xsession running on Debian 7 GNU/Linux

In Unix computing, Blackbox is a stacking window manager for the X Window System.

Blackbox has specific design goals, and some functionality is provided only through other applications. One example is the bbkeys hotkey application. As no release has been made for over eight years, Blackbox is now dormant.

Blackbox is written in [1] and is available under the MIT License. Blackbox has compliance with the Extended Window Manager Hints specification.[7]

Blackbox development is no longer active.


  • Features 1
  • Related projects 2
    • Windows shell replacements 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Features of the Blackbox window manager include:

  • A stacking window manager
  • Written in C++
  • Freely available under the MIT license
  • Compliance with the Extended Window Manager Hints Specification
  • Titlebars have minimize, maximize, and close buttons
  • Support for simple themes
  • Support for color changes
  • No support for desktop shortcuts

Related projects

There are a number of other window manager forks of Blackbox:[8]

Windows shell replacements

Although they do not share the same codebase, these projects are also inspired by Blackbox.[9]

  • BB4Win (the first and most prominent clone/port of Blackbox on Windows)
  • bbLean
  • xoblite
  • bbZero (a branch of bbLean, currently the only actively developed)
    • bbZero forum

See also


  1. ^ a b ManPages/blackbox
  2. ^, Download Blackbox
  3. ^ blackbox
  4. ^ a b, Blackbox - Window manager written in C++
  5. ^ Blackbox Hacking Guide
  6. ^, About Blackbox
  7. ^ "ICCCM & EWMH Compliance". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  8. ^, Related Projects
  9. ^, BlackBox for Windows

External links

  • Official website
  • Blackbox at Free Software Directory