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CTWM is a highly-configurable window manager based on the classic TWM window manager. It supports xpms, multiple workspaces, advanced icon managment, animated icons and backgrounds, 3D titles and borders, etc. It offers rudimentary Gnome support and is backwards-compatible with TWM.


Recent releases

  •  18 May 2014 12:57

    Release Notes: Various code cleanups and build fixes. Minor bugfixes and small feature additions.

    •  30 Jan 2012 16:12

      Release Notes: This release contains bugfixes and minor changes. It also contains a feature that makes ctwm remember which window has the focus within each virtual workspace.

      •  16 Feb 2007 13:37

        No changes have been submitted for this release.

        •  25 Jul 2005 06:28

          Release Notes: Many changes were made.

          •  08 Oct 2002 01:01

            Release Notes: Several bugfixes and feature enhancements.

            Recent comments

            08 Oct 2002 01:05 equant

            CTWM is perfect for my non-state-of-the-art boxes
            Using a 500MHz laptop, I was tired of running KDE and Gnome as they just hogged too many system resources. They made my laptop unusable. Out of frustration I launched twm and ran Mozilla and saw a very responsive computer. Of course I need something a little more useable than twm, so after trying many window managers I settled on ctwm. I use it everyday on two older computers that would otherwise be slugs with bigger wms or KDE and Gnome.

            You can get my .ctwmrc here (


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