i3 Window Manager Scripts
These are python scripts that read/write to i3 using i3-msg. By using regular expressions it is possible to search for windows with particular names and jump to them.
Dependencies: i3, i3-msg (distributed with i3), dmenu
There are 4 scripts: nextmatch, nextfind, goto, mark
Syntax: nextmatch <regex>
This script takes one regular expression input e.g. '(fire|chrom)' and searches for that name in the list of available windows. If there is a match then it jumps to the match. If you are already at a match it goes to the next match (or stays if there is only one)
bindsym $mod+q exec python ~/bin/nextmatch vim # cycle through vim sessions bindsym $mod+w exec python ~/bin/nextmatch '(chromium|firefox)' # cycle through browsers using regex
This script works similarly to the previous but takes no arguments and instead provides a dmenu list of arguments. If you select one a window that is active and there are multiple with the same name then it jumps to the next one, otherwise it stays at the current.
bindsym $mod+e exec python ~/bin/nextfind # use dmenu to select an open window
These scripts mark and jump to a specified script. I rarely use them, because I prefer the other two, but they can be useful if you are jumping to a lot of windows with the same name (like terminals). Basically you can mark the current window by calling mark (or binding it them using the key-combination). Then you can get a list of marked windows (similar to nextfind, but only with marked windows included) to jumpt to.
bindsym $mod+Shift+grave exec ~/bin/unmark # unmark the current window bindsym $mod+grave exec ~/bin/mark # mark the current window bindsym $mod+Tab exec exec ~/bin/goto # get dmenu of marked windows
To install just put the scripts in your path, or bind the scripts in you config file. I installed mine in ~/bin/, then made the bindings in my config file.