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xmobar - A configurable and extensible status bar for X11 desktops




xmobar is a minimalistic, text based, status bar. It was originally designed and
implemented by Andrea Rossato to work with xmonad, but it's actually usable with any

xmobar was inspired by the Ion3 (http://tuomov.iki.fi/software/) status bar, and supports
similar features, like dynamic color management, output templates, and extensibility
through plugins.

This page documents xmobar 0.16.


xmobar can be either configured with a configuration file or with command line options. In
the second case, the command line options will overwrite the corresponding options set in
the configuration file.

The configuration file is searched for in the following locations, in order:

$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/xmobar/xmobarrc (default: ~/.config/xmobar/xmobarrc)

The first configuration file found will be used. See /usr/share/doc/xmobar/examples for
sample configuration files.


xmobar -B white -a right -F blue -t '%LIPB%' -c '[Run Weather "LIPB" [] 36000]'

This is the list of command line options (the output of xmobar —help):

Usage: xmobar [OPTION...] [FILE]
-h, -? --help This help
-V --version Show version information
-f font name --font=font name The font name
-B bg color --bgcolor=bg color The background color. Default black
-F fg color --fgcolor=fg color The foreground color. Default grey
-o --top Place xmobar at the top of the screen
-b --bottom Place xmobar at the bottom of the screen
-a alignsep --alignsep=alignsep Separators for left, center and right text
alignment. Default: '}{'
-s char --sepchar=char The character used to separate commands in
the output template. Default '%'
-t template --template=template The output template
-c commands --commands=commands The list of commands to be executed
-C commands --add-commands=commands Add commands to be executed after those
of the config file
-x screen --screen=screen On which X screen number to start
Mail bug reports and suggestions to <[email protected]>


For full details of the available configuration options, please refer to

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