Tiling script for kwin
JavaScript QML Shell
Latest commit 939a73f Jan 5, 2017 @faho Release 2.0.0
This has been long overdue.



Tiling script for kwin, based on Mathias Gottschlag’s version

NOTE: This is the Plasma 5 version. For the Plasma 1/KWin 4 version, see the Plasma1 branch


The purpose of this is to create a userfriendly tiling solution that

  • Integrates well with KDE Plasma
  • Works for the general case

More sophisticated users may prefer dedicated tiling window managers

  • Provides most of the advantages of a tiling WM in a fully composited environment

Window previews and effects alongside different tiling layouts

  • Does not require the user to delve into scripting to get a sane configuration


  • Three layouts, one with support for multiple “master” windows
  • Support for minimizing and unminimizing windows
  • Support for setting windows to floating or quitting tiling altogether, per-desktop (Meta+Shift+F11) and per-window (Meta-f) (“Meta” refers to the “super” or “windows” key here)
  • Support for a list of ignored windows in configuration (by class)
  • An option to start windows at the master position (like in xmonad)
  • Mouse resizing
  • Useractionsmenu and keybinding (Meta+f) for toggling tiling/floating
  • An option to turn off borders for tiled windows
  • A hotkey to tile once
  • Many bugfixes over mgottschlag’s version


git clone https://github.com/faho/kwin-tiling.git
cd kwin-tiling/
plasmapkg2 --type kwinscript -i .



Move windows around and see that they are tiled :-)

Resize windows to resize the tiles

Declare shortcuts (in Systemsettings->Shortcuts_and_Gestures->Global_Keyboard_Shortcuts) for resize, minimize and maximize operations.

Press Meta-PgUp or Meta-PgDn to switch the layout

Use the configuration menu (in Systemsettings->Window Behavior->Scripts)

Known Issues:

Activities aren’t handled at all

Clients with min/maxSize may not tile properly

Multimonitor is untested


There is no software without bugs. If you detect one please share it. https://github.com/faho/kwin-tiling/issues?state=open


Standard layout with two master windows https://github.com/faho/faho.github.io/raw/master/img/kwin-tiling01.png Standard layout with one master https://github.com/faho/faho.github.io/raw/master/img/kwin-tiling02.png Contrived example with four always-shown panels https://github.com/faho/faho.github.io/raw/master/img/kwin-tiling03.png Configuration https://github.com/faho/faho.github.io/raw/master/img/kwin-tiling04.png