Xmonad/Notable changes since 0.6

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This page is for keeping a record of significant changes in darcs xmonad and xmonad-contrib since the 0.6 release. The idea is to put here a list of things which a user upgrading from 0.6 to 0.7 might like to know, so that they are sure to be included in the 0.7 release notes.

Changes to the xmonad core

  • Added a startupHook field to the xmonad configuration record, which is an arbitrary X () action to be run each time xmonad starts (including restarts with mod-q).
  • More tests!
  • Improved documentation!
  • SIGPIPE is now ignored.
  • mod-shift-tab added to default keybindings, to cycle backwards through windows
  • Finally killed bug #111 dead! (#111 caused problems which were especially noticeable when clicking on tabs in a tabbed layout).
  • Added a 'stringProperty' query that can be used in manageHooks to match on any text property of a window.

Changes in xmonad-contrib

New contrib modules

  • XMonad.Actions.Promote moves the focused window to the master area without changing the order of other windows.


  • XMonad.Actions.WmiiActions removed in favor of DirExec.
  • XMonad.Actions.RotView no longer exists; XMonad.Actions.CycleWS now subsumes the former functionality of RotView plus some additional functionality as well. See the documentation for CycleWS for information on switching from RotView.
  • XMonad.Util.Anneal and XMonad.Layout.Mosaic are gone.


  • XMonad.Util.EZConfig now includes a number of functions which allow you to specify keybindings in a special string format, like "M-x" instead of (modMask, xK_x).
  • XMonad.Hooks.DynamicLog configuration now includes a configurable workspace sorting algorithm, and vastly improved documentation and examples.
  • XMonad.Actions.WindowGo now includes "run or raise" functionality, for either starting a program, or raising its window if it is already running.
  • XMonad.Hooks.ManageHelpers includes two new actions, doRectFloat and doCenterFloat, to float windows with a particular geometry, or in the center of the screen, respectively.
  • XMonad.Hooks.EwmhDesktops now supports interaction from window lists and panels. You need to add a special layout modifier to your config for that, see the modules documentation.
  • smartBorders from XMonad.Layout.NoBorders now removes borders from floating fullscreen windows.