Compton is a compositor for X, and a fork of xcompmgr-dana.
I was frustrated by the low amount of standalone lightweight compositors. Compton was forked from Dana Jansens' fork of xcompmgr and refactored. I fixed whatever bug I found, and added features I wanted. Things seem stable, but don't quote me on it. I will most likely be actively working on this until I get the features I want. This is also a learning experience for me. That is, I'm partially doing this out of a desire to learn Xlib.
Changes from xcompmgr:
- inactive window transparency (specified with
- titlebar/frame transparency (specified with
- menu transparency (thanks to Dana)
- shadows are now enabled for argb windows, e.g. terminals with transparency
- removed serverside shadows (and simple compositing) to clean the code, the only option that remains is clientside shadows
The above features give compton a feature set similar to the xfce compositor.
Compton has only been tested with openbox so far, but frame transparency
should work with any window manager that properly sets
Fixes from the original xcompmgr:
- fixed a segfault when opening certain window types
- fixed a memory leak caused by not freeing up shadows (from the freedesktop repo)
The same dependencies as xcompmgr.
B for build-time
R for runtime
- libx11 (B,R)
- libxcomposite (B,R)
- libxdamage (B,R)
- libxfixes (B,R)
- libXext (B,R)
- libxrender (B,R)
- pkg-config (B)
- make (B)
- xproto / x11proto (B)
- bash (R)
- xprop,xwininfo / x11-utils (R)
- libpcre (B,R) (Will probably be made optional soon)
- libconfig (B,R) (Will probably be made optional soon)
To build, make sure you have the above dependencies:
$ make $ make install
$ compton -cC -i 0.6 -e 0.6 $ compton -cC -i 0.6 -e 0.6 -fF $ compton -cC -fF -I 0.065 -O 0.065 -D 6 -m 0.8 -i 0.6 -e 0.6
compton [-d display] [-r radius] [-o opacity] [-l left-offset] [-t top-offset] [-i opacity] [-e opacity] [-cCfFSdG]
-ddisplay Specifies the display to manage.
-rradius Specifies the blur radius for client-side shadows.
-oopacity Specifies the opacity for client-side shadows.
-lleft-offset Specifies the left offset for client-side shadows.
-ttop-offset Specifies the top offset for client-side shadows.
-Ifade-in-step Specifies the opacity change between steps while fading in.
-Ofade-out-step Specifies the opacity change between steps while fading out.
-Dfade-delta Specifies the time (in milliseconds) between steps in a fade.
-cEnable client-side shadows on windows.
-fWhen -c is specified, enables a smooth fade effect for transient windows like menus, and for all windows on hide and restore events.
-CWhen -c is specified, attempts to avoid painting shadows on panels and docks.
-FWhen -f is specified, also enables the fade effect when windows change their opacity, as with transset(1).
-iopacity Specifies inactive window transparency. (0.1 - 1.0)
-eopacity Specifies window frame transparency. (0.1 - 1.0)
-GAvoid painting shadows on DND windows.
-bdaemonize Attempt to daemonize process.
-SEnables synchronous operation. Useful for debugging.
xcompmgr has gotten around. As far as I can tell, the lineage for this particular tree is something like:
- Keith Packard (original author)
- Matthew Hawn
- Dana Jansens
Not counting the tens of people who forked it in between.
See LICENSE for more info.