improved screen locker
C Groff Makefile

i3lock - improved screen locker

i3lock is a simple screen locker like slock. After starting it, you will see a white screen (you can configure the color/an image). You can return to your screen by entering your password.

Many little improvements have been made to i3lock over time:

  • i3lock forks, so you can combine it with an alias to suspend to RAM (run "i3lock && echo mem > /sys/power/state" to get a locked screen after waking up your computer from suspend to RAM)

  • You can specify either a background color or a PNG image which will be displayed while your screen is locked.

  • You can specify whether i3lock should bell upon a wrong password.

  • i3lock uses PAM and therefore is compatible with LDAP etc.


  • pkg-config
  • libxcb
  • libxcb-util
  • libpam-dev
  • libcairo-dev
  • libxcb-xinerama
  • libev
  • libx11-dev
  • libx11-xcb-dev
  • libxkbcommon >= 0.5.0
  • libxkbcommon-x11 >= 0.5.0

Running i3lock

Simply invoke the 'i3lock' command. To get out of it, enter your password and press enter.


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