Guide to X11/Window Managers/4dwm


4dwm is a window manager that is normally used on Silicon Graphics workstations running IRIX. 4dwm is derived from the older mwm window manager and uses the Motif widget toolkit on top of the X Window System found on most Unix systems.

4dwm was one of the first default graphical user interface desktops to be standard on a particular Unix computer system. Other X window managers that mimic the 4dwm look and feel include 5dwm.


  • A stacking window manager
  • Uses the motif widget library
  • Applications can be launched via a menu panel
  • Window decorations include borders and a titlebar
  • Titlebar provide a meta button and facilities to minimize and maximize windows
  • Support for themes