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sway is an i3-compatible Wayland compositor. Read the FAQ. Join the IRC channel (#sway on

Release Signatures

Releases are signed with E88F5E48 and published on GitHub.


From Packages

Sway is available in many distributions. Try installing the "sway" package for yours.

Compiling from Source

Check out this wiki page if you want to build the HEAD of sway and wlroots for testing or development.

Install dependencies:

  • meson *
  • wlroots
  • wayland
  • wayland-protocols *
  • pcre2
  • json-c
  • pango
  • cairo
  • gdk-pixbuf2 (optional: additional image formats for system tray)
  • swaybg (optional: wallpaper)
  • scdoc (optional: man pages) *
  • git (optional: version info) *

* Compile-time dep

Run these commands:

meson build/
ninja -C build/
sudo ninja -C build/ install


If you already use i3, then copy your i3 config to ~/.config/sway/config and it'll work out of the box. Otherwise, copy the sample configuration file to ~/.config/sway/config. It is usually located at /etc/sway/config. Run man 5 sway for information on the configuration.


Run sway from a TTY. Some display managers may work but are not supported by sway (gdm is known to work fairly well).