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👍nice

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N.B. This branch is for Awesome v4.3 git. You can find the branch for Awesome v4.3 stable here

nice is an easy to use, highly configurable extension for Awesome WM that adds beautiful window decorations (and extra functionality!) to clients. It...

  • ...adds a subtle 3D look, and soft, rounded anti-aliased, corners to windows
  • ...picks the window decoration color based on the client content for a seamless look , and adjusts the window title text color accordingly
  • ...auto-generates titlebar buttons (and their states) for you based on the colors your pick or you can let it pick the colors for you!
  • ...allows you to customize which titlebar buttons to include, their order, and their layout
  • ...adds the ability to maximize/unmaximize floating windows by double clicking the titlebar, and of course, moving them by clicking and holding
  • ...adds the ability to "roll up" and "roll down" the client window like a window shade! Scroll up over the titlebar to instantly hide the window contents but keep the title bar right where it is. And then either scroll down or click the titlebar to make the window contents visible again!

Preview

Getting Started

Prerequisites

  • You need Awesome WM with a working basic configuration. This branch is for Awesome v4.3 git. You can find the branch for Awesome v4.3 stable here

  • You also need picom. Make sure you have shadow-ignore-shaped = false in your configuration otherwise picom will not draw shadows. My recommended shadow settings are given below:

    shadow = true;
    shadow-radius = 40;
    shadow-opacity = .55;
    shadow-offset-x = -40;
    shadow-offset-y = -20;
    shadow-exclude = [
      "_NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE:a = '_NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE_NOTIFICATION'",
      "_NET_WM_STATE@:32a *= '_NET_WM_STATE_HIDDEN'",
      "_GTK_FRAME_EXTENTS@:c"
    ];
    shadow-ignore-shaped = false
    
  • For GTK applications add the following line to ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini under the [Settings] section to hide client-side window control buttons:

 gtk-decoration-layout=menu:
  • Within you Awesome configuration, make sure that you do not already have code in place that request default titlebars for clients. Something like this:
client.connect_signal("request::titlebars", function(c) ... end) -- Remove this
  • Additionally, nice only adds window decorations to clients that have the titlebars_enabled property set to true. So configure your client rules accordingly.

Installation

The easiest and quickest way to get started is by cloning this repository to your awesome configuration directory

$ cd ~/.config/awesome
$ git clone https://github.com/mut-ex/awesome-wm-nice.git nice

Usage

To use nice, you first need to load the module. To do that, put the following line right after beautiful.init(...)

local nice = require("nice")
nice()

If you are fine using the default configuration, you are all done!

nice will automatically detect and change the window decoration color to match the client. However...

  • To pick the window decoration color yourself, right-click the titlebar and select 'Manually Pick Color'
  • To update the window decoration colors, right-click on the titlebar and select 'Redo Window Decorations'
  • Scroll-up with your mouse over the titlebar to "roll up" the window shade. Scroll-down over the titlebar, or left-click to "roll down" the window shade
  • nice saves its color rules in the color_rules file within the module directory. If you wish you can manually edit it, or delete the file if you want to start again.

Configuration

You can override the defaults by passing your own configuration. For example

local nice = require("nice")
nice {
    titlebar_color = "#00ff00",
    
    -- You only need to pass the parameter you are changing
    context_menu_theme = {
        width = 300, 
    },
    
    -- Swap the designated buttons for resizing, and opening the context menu
    mb_resize = nice.MB_MIDDLE,
    mb_contextmenu = nice.MB_RIGHT,
}

Below you will find further details explaining the configuration parameters for nice.

Parameter Type Description Default
titlebar_height integer The height of the titlebar 38
titlebar_radius integer The radius of the top left and top right corners of the titlebar. Should be >= 3 and <= titlebar_height 9
titlebar_color string The default color of the titlebar and window decorations. Should be a hex color string "#1e1e24"
titlebar_padding_left integer The padding on the left side of the titlebar 0
titlebar_padding_right integer The padding on the right side of the titlebar 0
titlebar_font string The font and font size for text within the titlebar. See the default value for an example of the format "Sans 11"
win_shade_enabled boolean Whether the window shade feature should be enabled true
no_titlebar_maximized boolean Whether the titlebar should be hidden for maximized windows false
mb_move integer or named constant Mouse button to move a window. nice.MB_LEFT
mb_contextmenu integer or named constant Mouse button to open the nice context menu nice.MB_MIDDLE
mb_resize integer or named constant Mouse button to resize a window nice.MB_RIGHT
mb_win_shade_rollup integer or named constant Mouse button to roll up/hide window contents nice.MB_SCROLL_UP
mb_win_shade_rolldown integer or named constant Mouse button to roll down/show window contents nice.MB_SCROLL_DOWN
button_size integer The size (diameter) of the titlebar buttons 16
button_margin_horizontal integer The horizontal margin around each titlebar button. button_margin_left and button_margin_rightcan override this parameter. 5
button_margin_vertical integer The vertical margin above and below each titlebar button. button_margin_top and button_margin_bottom can override this parameter. nil
button_margin_top integer The margin above each titlebar button 2
button_margin_bottom integer The margin below each titlebar button nil
button_margin_left integer The margin to the left of each titlebar button 0
button_margin_right integer The margin to the right of each titlebar button 0
tooltips_enabled boolean If tooltip hints should be shown when the mouse cursor is hovered over a titlebar button nil
close_color string The base color for the close button "#ee4266"
minimize_color string The base color for the minimize button "#ffb400"
maximize_color string The base color for the maximize button "#4cbb17"
floating_color string The base color for the floating mode toggle button "#f6a2ed"
ontop_color string The base color for the on top mode toggle button "#f6a2ed"
sticky_color string The base color for the sticky mode toggle button "#f6a2ed"

In addition to the above mentioned parameters, there some more parameters that require a little more explanation:

titlebar_items

titlebar_items — Specifies the titlebar items to include

  • It should be a table with the following keys:
    • left — Specifies the item(s) to place on the left side of the titlebar
    • middle — Specifies the item(s) to place in the middle of the titlebar
    • right — Specifies the items(s) to place on the right side of the titlebar
  • Multiple items should be passed as an array of identifiers. For a single item simply passing the identifier is sufficient
  • Valid titlebar item identifiers are:
    • "close"
    • "minimize"
    • "maximize"
    • "floating"
    • "ontop"
    • "sticky"
    • "title"
  • Default value for titlebar_items is:
titlebar_items = {
    left = {"close", "minimize", "maximize"},
    middle = "title",
    right = {"sticky", "ontop", "floating"},
}

context_menu_theme

context_menu_theme — Specifies theming parameters for the context (default right-click) menu

  • It should be a table with the following keys:
    • ​bg_focus — Background color of focused menu item
    • bg_normal — Background color of not-focused menu items
    • ​border_color — Color of the border around the entire menu
    • ​border_width — Width of the border around the entire menu
    • ​fg_focus — Foreground color of focused menu item
    • ​fg_normal — Foreground color of not-focused menu items
    • ​font — Font used for menu text
    • ​height — Height of each menu list item
    • ​width — Width of the menu
  • Default value for context_menu_theme is:
context_menu_theme = {
    bg_focus = "#aed9e0",
    bg_normal = "#5e6472",
    border_color = "#00000000",
    border_width = 0,
    fg_focus = "#242424",
    fg_normal = "#fefefa",
    font = "Sans 11",
    height = 27.5,
    width = 250,
}

tooltip_messages

tooltip_messages — Specifies the hints that are shown when the mouse cursor is hovered over a titlebar button

  • It should be a table with the following keys:
    • close — Text shown when hovering over the close button
    • minimize — Text shown when hovering over the minimize button
    • maximize_active — Text shown when hovering over the maximize button when the window is maximized
    • maximize_inactive — Text shown when hovering over the maximize button when the window is not maximized
    • floating_active — Text shown when hovering over the floating button when the window is floating
    • floating_inactive — Text shown when hovering over the floating button when the window is tiled
    • ontop_active — Text shown when hovering over the ontop button when the window is set to be above other windows
    • ontop_inactive — Text shown when hovering over the ontop button when the window is not set to be above other windows
    • sticky_active — Text shown when hovering over the sticky button when the window is set to be available on all tags
    • sticky_inactive — Text shown when hovering over the sticky button when the window is not to be available on all tags

The default value for tooltip_messages is:

tooltip_messages = {
    close = "close",
    minimize = "minimize",
    maximize_active = "unmaximize",
    maximize_inactive = "maximize",
    floating_active = "enable tiling mode",
    floating_inactive = "enable floating mode",
    ontop_active = "don't keep above other windows",
    ontop_inactive = "keep above other windows",
    sticky_active = "disable sticky mode",
    sticky_inactive = "enable sticky mode",
}

Using

nice will automatically detect and change the window decoration color to match the client. However...

  • If nice doesn't pick the right color or you want to specify it yourself, right-click the titlebar and select 'Manually Pick Color'
  • If the client theme changes (for example if you change your terminal emulator colors), to update the window decoration colors, right-click on the titlebar and select 'Redo Window Decorations'
  • Scroll-up with your mouse over the titlebar to "roll-up" the window shade. Scroll-down over the titlebar, or left-click to "roll-down" the window shade
  • nice saves its color rules in the color_rules file within the module directory. If you wish you can manually edit it, or delete the file if you want to start again.

Issues

If you face any bugs or issues (or have a feature request), please feel free to open an issue on here

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