i3a release

I have released i3a (i3 automation), a program which uses IPC capabilities of i3 and sway window managers to provide automatic tiling layouts with dwm-like master and stack areas. It can be installed from a PyPI. Source code is available on git.

It is trivial to use. Just run it and you’re done. There’s a minimal list of switches you can pass to it, which control the look of layout. i3a is typically run in the background, e.g. as a systemd service.

I quickly released versions 1.0.0, 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 one after another. I recommend using the latest version, because it fixes a frequent crash visible in 1.1.0 (I’m still confused how it slipped) and has some cool features compared to 1.0.0.


Because this is the first release note about i3a, I won’t focus on bugs which I have fixed between versions, but just list some of its features:

Additional scripts

Two more scripts are available together with i3a, because who doesn’t like goodies?. If you wish to use them, they should be bound to the key e.g. with bindsym <key> exec <script>.

Things got a little more complicated than the last time I wrote about it, but that’s the price for reliability and handling many corner cases. Closing master window on a background workspace is no easy task!