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How to make i3wm statusbar transparent?

asked 2015-08-29 00:02:55 +0000

denzen gravatar image

How to make i3wm statusbar background transparent? I haven't found a way when trying to write the colour number in various ways.

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I don't think this is possible. By the way, what behind the status bar do you hope to see? I think the background is the only possibility.

i3convert gravatar imagei3convert ( 2015-08-29 03:24:39 +0000 )edit

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answered 2015-08-29 08:24:12 +0000

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updated 2015-10-11 15:53:52 +0000

i3bar itself doesn't support transparency. A compositor can be used to make it transparent, but this will affect the entire bar, including text etc. – making only the background transparent isn't possible this way.

However, using i3-gaps you can use RGBA colors for all colors in i3bar and use transparency that way. See the README on Github for details on how to enable it (and caveats).

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answered 2015-10-02 21:21:32 +0000

Michael Rose gravatar image

You can make i3-bar not to mention tab bars transparent with compton if you like see

https://gist.github.com/michaelmrose/...

You can now even make windows on hidden tab pages transparent so they don't show through behind the current window

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You can make the bar transparent, but you can't make the background of the bar transparent. I'm working on it though, the question is just whether it will be merged... :)

Airblader gravatar imageAirblader ( 2015-10-02 22:46:46 +0000 )edit

for id in `xwininfo -all -root | grep 'i3bar for output' | sed 's#\s\+# #g' | cut -d " " -f2`; do transset -i $id > /dev/null; done

Michael Rose gravatar imageMichael Rose ( 2015-10-17 09:25:40 +0000 )edit

That's not what I mean. You can only set the overall i3bar transparency. If you want the background to be completely transparent, text to be 50% transparent and workspace icons to be 25% transparent, you're hitting a wall. In the compositor you cannot reference individual elements.

Airblader gravatar imageAirblader ( 2015-10-17 10:50:54 +0000 )edit

FYI, i3-gaps now supports i3bar transparency using RGBA colors. In i3 this isn't possible due to a few very annoying reasons like cairo bugs.

Airblader gravatar imageAirblader ( 2015-10-17 10:51:32 +0000 )edit

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