py3status is an extensible i3status wrapper written in python



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py3status is an extensible i3status wrapper written in python.

Using py3status, you can take control of your i3bar easily by:

  • using one of the available modules shipped with py3status
  • grouping multiple modules and automatically or manually cycle their display
  • writing your own modules and have their output displayed on your bar
  • handling click events on your i3bar and play with them in no time
  • seeing your clock tick every second whatever your i3status interval

No extra configuration file needed, just install & enjoy !


You will love py3status if you're using i3wm and are frustrated by the i3status limitations on your i3bar such as:

  • you cannot hack into it easily
  • you want more than the built-in modules and their limited configuration
  • you cannot pipe the result of one of more scripts or commands in your bar easily


  • no added configuration file, use the standard i3status.conf
  • rely on i3status' strengths and its existing configuration as much as possible
  • be extensible, it must be easy for users to add their own stuff/output by writing a simple python class which will be loaded and executed dynamically
  • easily allow interactivity with the i3bar
  • add some built-in enhancement/transformation of basic i3status modules output


Up-to-date documentation:

Get help or share your ideas on IRC:

  • channel #py3status on FreeNode


In your i3 config file, simply switch from i3status to py3status in your status_command:

status_command py3status

Usually you have your own i3status configuration, just point to it:

status_command py3status -c ~/.i3/i3status.conf

Available modules

You can get a list with short descriptions of all available modules by using the CLI:

$ py3status modules list

To get more details about all available modules and their configuration, use:

$ py3status modules details

All modules shipped with py3status are present as the Python source files in the py3status/modules directory.

Most of them are configurable directly from your current i3status.conf, check them out to see all the configurable variables.



Using pip:

$ pip install py3status

Note: Debian users should use pypi-install from the python-stdeb package instead of pip.

Gentoo Linux

Using emerge:

$ sudo emerge -a py3status

Arch Linux

Thanks to @Horgix, py3status is present in the Arch User Repository:

  • py3status, which is a stable version updated at each release
  • py3status-git, which builds directly against the upstream master branch

Thanks to @waaaaargh and @carstene1ns for initially creating the packages.


Using dnf:

$ dnf install py3status


You can see the help of py3status by issuing py3status -h:

-h, --help            show this help message and exit
-b, --dbus-notify     use notify-send to send user notifications rather than
                      i3-nagbar, requires a notification daemon eg dunst
                      path to i3status config file
-d, --debug           be verbose in syslog
                      include user-written modules from those directories
                      (default ~/.i3/py3status)
-l LOG_FILE, --log-file LOG_FILE
                      path to py3status log file
-n INTERVAL, --interval INTERVAL
                      update interval in seconds (default 1 sec)
-s, --standalone      standalone mode, do not use i3status
                      default injection cache timeout in seconds (default 60
-v, --version         show py3status version and exit


Just like i3status, you can force an update of your i3bar by sending a SIGUSR1 signal to py3status. Note that this will also send a SIGUSR1 signal to i3status.

killall -USR1 py3status