Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor. It's a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager.
First, install & configure eudev:
# apk add eudev # setup-udev
Then install graphics drivers appropriate to your system:
# apk search mesa-dri # apk add mesa-dri-intel # example
Add yourself to the input and video groups:
# adduser $USER input # adduser $USER video
You have to log out and back in for this to take effect.
We can now install sway:
# apk add sway sway-doc # apk add \ # Install optional dependencies: xorg-server-xwayland \ # strongly reccommended for compatibility reasons alacritty \ # default terminal emulator dmenu \ # default application launcher swaylock \ # lockscreen tool swayidle # idle management (DPMS) daemon
To run sway, first set XDG_RUNTIME_DIR to a suitable location (e.g. /tmp). Install & configure elogind to skip this step. Then run sway from the Linux console:
$ XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/tmp sway
Add this to a script if it becomes tedious.
Configuration and Usage
An example config is provided at
/etc/sway/config. Copy it to
~/.config/sway/config and read through it to learn the default keybindings.
For additional information, start at
man 5 sway and read the upstream FAQ.