Tiling window manager for macOS along the lines of xmonad.
A quick screencast of basic functionality can be found here. (It’s rough, and I’d love to see a better one if someone has the skills and inclination to make one.)
brew cask install amethyst
Note: that Amethyst now is only supported on OS X 10.12+.
Amethyst must be given permissions to use the accessibility APIs under the Privacy tab of the Security & Privacy preferences pane as shown below.
Amethyst uses two modifier combinations.
option + shift
ctrl + option + shift
And defines the following commands, mostly a mapping to xmonad key combinations.
mod1 + space— cycle to next layout
mod2 + space- cycle to previous layout
mod1 + w- focus 1st screen
mod1 + e- focus 2nd screen
mod1 + r- focus 3rd screen
mod2 + w- move focused window to 1st screen
mod2 + e- move focused window to 2nd screen
mod2 + r- move focused window to 3rd screen
mod2 + [n]- move focused window to nth space
mod2 + left- move focused window left one space
mod2 + right- move focused window right one space
mod1 + h- shrink the main pane
mod1 + l- expand the main pane
mod1 + ,- increase the number of windows in the main pane
mod1 + .- decrease the number of windows in the main pane
mod1 + j- focus the next window counterclockwise
mod1 + k- focus the next window clockwise
mod2 + j- move the focused window one space counterclockwise
mod2 + k- move the focused window one space clockwise
mod2 + h- move the focused window one window counterclockwise
mod2 + l- move the focused window one window clockwise
mod1 + return- swap the focused window with the main window
mod1 + t- toggle whether or not the focused window is floating
mod2 + t- toggle globally whether or not Amethyst tiles windows
mod1 + i- display the current layout for each screen
mod1 + z- force windows to be reevalulated
Setting Up Spaces Support
Spaces are, unfortunately, not supported right out of the box. To enable it you
must activate Mission Control’s keyboard shortcuts for switching to specific
Desktops, as Mac OS X calls them. This option is in the Keyboard Shortcuts tab
of the Keyboard preferences pane. The shortcuts will be of the form
[n]. Amethyst is only able to send a window to the
nth space if the shortcut
ctrl + n is enabled.
Amethyst currently supports sending windows to up to 10 spaces, despite macOS’ limit of 16 spaces per display.
Important note: You will probably want to disable
Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use (found under Mission Control in System Preferences). This setting is enabled by default, and will cause your Spaces to swap places based on use. This makes keyboard navigation between Spaces unpredictable.
If you would like to see features or particular bugs fixed check out the Trello board here and vote on things. It’ll give me a better sense of what people want so I can prioritize.
If you’d like to contribute please branch off of the
development branch and open pull requests against it rather than
master. Otherwise just try to stick to the general style of the code. There is a setup script to guide you through the process of installing necessary tools and getting dependencies built. To get started run
Amethyst is free and always will be. That said, a couple of people have expressed their desire to donate money in appreciation. If you are so inclined I’ve set up two options:
- You can find a Patreon page here if you would like to pledge money regularly for releases.
- If you would like to do a one-time donation there’s a PayPal button below. If there’s some other method of donating that you would prefer open an issue and I’ll try to add it!
If you are considering donating to me, you are more than welcome to. Given the political climate in the US, though, you should also consider donating that money to a good cause in addition to or instead. Here’s a very incomplete list of things that you might want to throw money at:
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Planned Parenthood
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- National Resources Defense Council
- International Refugee Assistance Project
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- The Trevor Project
- Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
And a bunch of technology-oriented ones: