If you’d like to support Sway development, you can contribute to my Patreon page or you can contribute to bounties for specific features. Anyone is welcome to claim a bounty and you can make a bounty for any feature you wish, and Patreon is more useful for supporting the overall health and maintenance of Sway.
- i3 feature support
- IPC feature support
- i3bar feature support
- i3-gaps feature support
- security features
Sway is available in many distributions. Try installing the “sway” package for yours. If it’s not available, check out this wiki page for information on installation for your distributions.
If you’re interested in packaging Sway for your distribution, stop by the IRC channel or shoot an email to [email protected] for advice.
Compiling from Source
- libinput >= 1.6.0
- gdk-pixbuf2 *
- pam **
- imagemagick (required for image capture with swaygrab)
- ffmpeg (required for video capture with swaygrab)
*Only required for swaybar, swaybg, and swaylock
**Only required for swaylock
Run these commands:
mkdir build cd build cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_SYSCONFDIR=/etc .. make sudo make install
On systems with logind, you need to set a few caps on the binary:
sudo setcap cap_sys_ptrace=eip /usr/local/bin/sway sudo setcap cap_sys_tty_config=eip /usr/local/bin/sway
On systems without logind, you need to suid the sway binary:
sudo chmod a+s /usr/local/bin/sway
If you already use i3, then copy your i3 config to
it’ll work out of the box. Otherwise, copy the sample configuration file to
~/.config/sway/config. It is usually located at
man 5 sway for information on the configuration.
Instead of running
sway. You can run
sway from within X as
well, which is useful for testing.