Installer, updater & meta-package for the nwg-shell project: a GTK3-based shell for sway Wayland compositor

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nwg-shell project

The nwg-shell project aims to create a consistent, GTK3-based user interface for the sway Wayland Compositor. In order to give the user the greatest possible choice, some interface elements provide several alternative solutions. Just installed shell contains a bunch of presets, which can then be freely modified.


The project is intended for users of all skill levels. Beginners will find four ready-made and immediately working desktop styles to choose from. Advanced users will get a set of tools to build their own GTK-based user interface.

I strongly discourage manual editing of .dotfiles. There’s a GUI for that. The configuration files are in json format, which does not forgive mistakes.

The user interface mostly consists of dedicated software, but also uses several great third party products, that perfectly fit. Many thanks to their authors for favorable attitude towards feature requests.

The default (preinstalled) terminal emulator is foot by Daniel Eklöf. This does not mean that I consider other terminals worse, but that I had to choose one. The remaining elements of the desktop environment, such as the text editor, file manager, web browser, and so on, are left to the user’s choice. The author’s subjective recommendation might be mousepad, Thunar, and Chromium / Chrome, but it doesn’t really make much difference.

On the backend side there’s a lot of third party Free Open Source Software. I’ll try to list all the applications and libraries in Credits.

If you want to share an idea, find a solution to a problem or discuss the project in general, please join Discussion.



This collection of software depends on numerous third-party programs and libraries, that have not been mentioned above:

GTK and related libraries are a free and open-source cross-platform widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces, developed by The GNOME Project.

sway is an i3-compatible Wayland compositor Copyright (c) 2016-2017 Drew DeVault.

The author of the project logo is edskeye.

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