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A widget for the Awesome Window Manager to display power devices with UPower and DBus

This widget uses the upower_dbus library.


In addition to the requirements listed in the rockspec file, you will need the Awesome Window Manager and UPower (for more information about this, see the upower_dbus documentation).



The easiest way to install this widget is to use luarocks:

luarocks install power_widget

You can use the --local option if you don't want or can't install it system-wide

This will ensure that all its dependencies are installed.

Note that if you install with --local you will have to make sure that the LUA_PATH environment variable includes the local luarocks path. This can be achieved by evaling the command luarocks path --bin before Awesome is started.

For example, if you start Awesome from the Linux console (e.g. xinit awesome) and you use zsh, you can add the following lines to your ~/.zprofile:

if (( $+commands[luarocks] )); then
    eval `luarocks path --bin`

If you use bash, you can add the following lines to your ~/.bash_profile:

if [[ -n "`which luarocks 2>/dev/null`" ]]; then
    eval `luarocks path --bin`

If you use an X Display Manager you will need to do what explained above in your ~/.xprofile or ~/.xinitrc. See the documentation of your display manager of choice for more information.


If you are on NixOS, you can install this package from nix-stefano-m-overlays.


The widget will display the battery icons defined in your GTK+ theme and it will resize them to fit in the available space. This means that you can switch your icon theme, for example using lxappearance, and update the widget by restarting AwesomeWM.

GUI client

You can specify a GUI client to be launched when the widget is right-clicked. This can be done by changing the gui_client field of the widget. The default is to have no client. For example, you could use the XFCE4 Power Manager or the GNOME one.

Critical Battery Percentage

You can set the critical battery percentage at which a warning will be displayed using the critical_percentage property (defaults to 5).

Additional Warning Notification

The warning_config property holds a table used to configure an additional warning notification at a custom percentage. This is disabled by default.

It must contain the following properties:

Optionally, it can also have the message property that should be a string with a custom warning message.

For example, one could add a warning with a custom message that times out after 12 seconds, the shape of a rounded rectangle, a black foreground color and yellow background color once the battery discharges below 15% as follows:

local gears = require("gears") -- needed to set the shape

local power = require("power_widget")

power.warning_config = {
  percentage = 15,
  message = "The battery is getting low",
  preset = {
    shape = gears.shape.rounded_rect,
    timeout = 12,
    bg = "#FFFF00",
    fg = "#000000",

You can change about anything on the notification (shape, position, opacity, etc.). For more details a look at the naughty.notify documentation.

Mouse controls

When the widget is focused:

  • Right button: launches GUI client (defined by the gui_client field; defaults to the empty string, so nothing will happen)


A tooltip with the current device power status shown.


Add the following to your ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua:

Require the module:

-- require *after* `beautiful.init` or the theme will be inconsistent!
local power = require("power_widget")
-- override the GUI client.
power.gui_client = "xfce4-power-manager-settings"
-- override the critical battery percentage
power.critical_percentage = 18

Add the widget to your layout:

  • Awesome 3.5.x rc.lua
  • Awesome 4.x rc.lua
    -- Add widgets to the wibox
    s.mywibox:setup {
        layout = wibox.layout.align.horizontal,
        { -- Left widgets
            layout = wibox.layout.fixed.horizontal,
        s.mytasklist, -- Middle widget
        { -- Right widgets
            layout = wibox.layout.fixed.horizontal,
            -- other widgets

Working Around attempt to call field 'new' (a nil value) error

This widget has a transitive dependency on lua-enum that exposes a module called enum.lua. Unfortunately, the lgi library has a module with the same name and your AwesomeWM might have that module in the path before the one needed by this widget. In that case, loading the widget will result in a error saying something like attempt to call field 'new' (a nil value).

In that case, you can try to rewrite package.path in your rc.lua as follows:

local ok, power = pcall(require, "power_widget")
if not ok then
  local gears = require("gears")
  local table = table

  -- Reverse package.path so that our enum.lua is found before LGI's
  local paths = gears.string.split(package.path, ';')
  package.path = table.concat(gears.table.reverse(paths), ';')

  package.loaded.enum = nil     -- "Unload" LGI's enum

  power = require("power_widget") -- Try again



This project is developed in the author's spare time. Contributions in the form of issues, patches and pull requests are welcome.


A Power widget for the Awesome Window Manager








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