quickswitch for i3
This utility for i3, inspired by Pentadactyl's
:buffers command, allows
you to quickly switch to and locate windows on all your workspaces, using an
interactive dmenu prompt. It has since gained a lot of other functionality to
make working with i3 even more efficient.
The core functionality of quickswitch is still finding windows and jumping to them, and this is what it does when you call it without any options.
Here's how it looks in action:
However, sometimes you may want to grab a window and move it to your current
workspace. This can be done with the
A similiar feature is the
-s/--scratchpad flag, which searches your
scratchpad, and does a
scratchpad show on the window you choose.
You can also search and jump (or move) via regular expression using the
--regex flag, without using dmenu. This could be useful for
scripting, or if you are a regex wizard who feels limited by dmenu.
quickswitch also provides a few functions to manage workspaces. First of
all, it allows you to search workspaces in the same fashion as windows with the
-w/--workspaces flag. This is extremely useful for working with many named
workspaces without having them bound to any particular key.
Another useful feature is to quickly get an empty workspace. This is what the
-e/--empty flag does: it will jump you to the first empty, numbered
If you use this excessively, then your numbered workspaces might fragment a lot.
You can fix this easily with
--degap, which "defragments" your
workspaces, without affecting their order (eg, [1, 4, 7] becomes [1, 2, 3] by
renaming 4 to 2 and 7 to 3).
While on numbered workspaces, it can be pretty handy to jump to the next or
previous numbered workspace ("cycle" them).
do just that. What's more, you can combine them with the
-m/--move flag to
move the currently focused container to the respective workspace instead. Note
--previous will happily go to negative workspace numbers, which are
then no longer treated as numbered by i3 (ie, they won't get sorted, like named
You can influence how dmenu is called with the
-d/--dmenu flag, which
expects a complete dmenu command. The default is
dmenu -b -i -l 20 (which
makes dmenu appear on the bottom of your screen (-b) in a vertical manner with
at most 20 lines (-l 20), and matches case insensitively (-i). See the man page
for dmenu for a list of options.
Note: The versions of quickswitch before 2.0 used explicit flags for changing dmenu's behavior. This was rather inflexible, because it needed an explicit flag for every dmenu option, and it hardcoded the dmenu command. For most people, the default should be fine, but if you want to change anything, this allows you to go wild.
quickswitch-i3 requires dmenu (which you likely already have installed), and
i3-py, which you can install with
pip install i3-py.
quickswitch-i3 was tested in Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3. It will not work in version
prior to 2.7 due to the usage of
quickswitch-i3 has a PyPI entry, so you can install it with
quickswitch-i3. Alternatively, you can always manually run the setup file with
python setup.py install.
Additionally, if you are an Arch user, you can install it from the AUR. The
package is called
quickswitch-i3. The PKGBUILD is also included here.
NOTE: I do not maintain the AUR package anymore, since I do not have access to any Arch box. See comment on the AUR page.
An overlay for Gentoo is in the works.
...are obviously welcome. Pretty much every feature in quickswitch originated because someone (not just me) thought "hey, this would be useful". Just shoot a Pull Request.
Disclaimer: quickswitch-i3 is a third party script and in no way affiliated with the i3 project.
This program is free software under the terms of the Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License. It comes without any warranty, to the extent permitted by applicable law. For a copy of the license, see COPYING or head to http://sam.zoy.org/wtfpl/COPYING.