xmonad-contrib- Community-maintained extensions for xmonad
Copyright(c) Roman Cheplyaka
LicenseBSD-style (see LICENSE)
MaintainerRoman Cheplyaka <roma@ro-che.info>
Safe HaskellSafe-Inferred



Layout modifier for displaying some window (monitor) above other windows.



You can use this module with the following in your xmonad.hs:

import XMonad.Layout.Monitor

Define Monitor record. monitor can be used as a template. At least prop and rect should be set here. Also consider setting persistent to True.

Minimal example:

myMonitor = monitor
    { prop = ClassName "SomeClass"
    , rect = Rectangle 0 0 40 20 -- rectangle 40x20 in upper left corner

More interesting example:

clock = monitor {
     -- Cairo-clock creates 2 windows with the same classname, thus also using title
     prop = ClassName "Cairo-clock" `And` Title "MacSlow's Cairo-Clock"
     -- rectangle 150x150 in lower right corner, assuming 1280x800 resolution
   , rect = Rectangle (1280-150) (800-150) 150 150
     -- avoid flickering
   , persistent = True
     -- make the window transparent
   , opacity = 0.6
     -- hide on start
   , visible = False
     -- assign it a name to be able to toggle it independently of others
   , name = "clock"

Add ManageHook to de-manage monitor windows and apply opacity settings.

manageHook = myManageHook <> manageMonitor clock

Apply layout modifier.

myLayout = ModifiedLayout clock $ tall ||| Full ||| ...

After that, if there exists a window with specified properties, it will be displayed on top of all tiled (not floated) windows on specified position.

It's also useful to add some keybinding to toggle monitor visibility:

, ((mod1Mask, xK_u     ), broadcastMessage ToggleMonitor >> refresh)

Screenshot: http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Image:Xmonad-clock.png

Hints and issues

  • This module assumes that there is only one window satisfying property exists.
  • If your monitor is available on all layouts, set persistent to True to avoid unnecessary flickering. You can still toggle monitor with a keybinding.
  • You can use several monitors with nested modifiers. Give them names

data Monitor a Source #





Instances details
LayoutModifier Monitor Window Source # 
Instance details

Defined in XMonad.Layout.Monitor

Read (Monitor a) Source # 
Instance details

Defined in XMonad.Layout.Monitor

Show (Monitor a) Source # 
Instance details

Defined in XMonad.Layout.Monitor


showsPrec :: Int -> Monitor a -> ShowS #

show :: Monitor a -> String #

showList :: [Monitor a] -> ShowS #

monitor :: Monitor a Source #

Template for Monitor record. At least prop and rect should be redefined. Default settings: visible is True, persistent is False.

data Property Source #

Most of the property constructors are quite self-explaining.


Title String 
ClassName String 
Resource String 
Role String


Machine String


And Property Property infixr 9 
Or Property Property infixr 8 
Not Property 
Const Bool 
Tagged String

Tagged via XMonad.Actions.TagWindows

data MonitorMessage Source #

Messages without names affect all monitors. Messages with names affect only monitors whose names match.

doHideIgnore :: ManageHook Source #

Hides window and ignores it.

manageMonitor :: Monitor a -> ManageHook Source #

ManageHook which demanages monitor window and applies opacity settings.


  • make Monitor remember the window it manages
  • specify position relative to the screen