sudo pacman -S i3-gaps i3status and that's it!
i3 is only a window manager and does not provide a fully-featured desktop experience (in my opinion). The following is some software that I use to flesh out my desktop inspired by rstacruz/ricefiles.
- 🔥 - You need this
- ✨ - Nice to have
- 🚨 - This will suck up your time, avoid!
|🔥||compton||X display compositor. This will fix some tearing issues.||official|
|🔥||dunst||Notification daemon. This shows notifications in your desktop.||official|
|🔥||feh||Sets wallpapers. Simple, CLI stuff. (alternative: nitrogen has a GUI.)||official|
|🔥||i3status||Desktop panel. A simple configurable bar, usually the default for i3.||official|
|🔥||lxappearance||Allows you to pick GTK themes, cursors, and so on.||official|
|🔥||maim||CLI screenshot tool (similar to MacOS's). I bind a command to
|🔥||network-manager-applet||Choosing wifi networks from the systray. (alternatives:
|🔥||pavucontrol||A GUI to manage pulseaudio sound streams. (Similar to
|🔥||redshift||Remove blue light emitted by displays at night.||official|
|🔥||rofi||Launcher. It's a bit like "Alfred for Linux".||official|
|✨||fff||Terminal based file manager with Vim bindings.||official|
|✨||thunar||GTK based file manager.||official|
|🚨️||polybar||Desktop panel. This is super nice to look at but configuration is a time sink.||official|
|✨||bibata-cursor-theme||Nice X cursor theme.||AUR|
|✨||ant-dracula-gtk-theme||A slick Dracula theme for GTK||AUR|
|✨||blueman||GTK GUI for managing bluetooth devices and adapters.||official|
|🔥||i3lock||Must have to lock your screen. Requires some scripting.||official|
|🔥||xidlehook||Replacement for xautolock to run scripts at intervals of inactivity.||AUR|