"monsterwm's bastard child" or "not the wm your desktop needs, but the one it deserves"
FrankenWM is a dynamic tiling WM (comparable to dwm or Awesome), featuring the v-stack, b-stack, grid, fibonacci, dualstack, equal and monocle layouts out of the box. If you want to, you can add gaps between the windows as well.
It was once based on monsterwm but has undergone many greater changes including adding pieces from other WMs (hence the name) and porting all sorts of stuff from Xlib to XCB. Many of the original monsterwm patches have been ported as well.
All settings must be set at compile time by editing
config.h and it does not
feature a status bar (but supports leaving preconfigured space for one). I
prepared a few scripts for different bars here.
Note: If you are on Arch Linux, you can use the AUR.
You need xcb and xcb-utils then, copy
config.h and edit to
suit your needs. Build and install.
$ cp config.def.h config.h $ $EDITOR config.h $ make # make clean install
The packages in Arch Linux needed for example would be
Configuration is done by editing
config.h before compiling FrankenWM. If you
want an advanced configuration example, you can have a look at my personal
I took the time to write a really nice and pretty manpage (man frankenwm, or man ./frankenwm.1 if you want to read it before installing) covering the tiling modes and all of the default shortcuts.
Parts of FrankenWM come from: