#gtk #bar #wayland #wlroots #gtk-layer-shell

app ironbar

Customisable GTK Layer Shell wlroots/sway bar

15 releases (breaking)

0.13.0 Aug 16, 2023
0.12.1 Jun 18, 2023
0.12.0 May 6, 2023
0.10.0 Feb 1, 2023
0.8.0 Nov 30, 2022

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120 downloads per month

MIT and maybe GPL-3.0-or-later

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--- Ironbar ---

A customisable and feature-rich GTK bar for wlroots compositors, written in Rust.

Ironbar is designed to support anything from a lightweight bar to a full desktop panel with ease.

Getting Started

Wiki | Configuration Guide | Style Guide

Screenshot of fully configured bar with MPD widget open

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  • First-class support for Sway and Hyprland
  • Fully themeable with hot-loaded CSS
  • Popups to show rich content
  • Ability to create custom widgets, run scripts and embed dynamic content
  • Easy to configure anything from a single bar across all monitors, to multiple different unique bars per monitor
  • Support for multiple config languages




Ensure you have the build dependencies installed.

cargo install ironbar

Arch Linux

aur package

yay -S ironbar-git

Nix Flake

A flake is included with the repo which can be used with Home Manager.

Example usage
  # Add the ironbar flake input
  inputs.nixpkgs.url = "github:nixos/nixpkgs/nixos-unstable";
  inputs.ironbar = {
    url = "github:JakeStanger/ironbar";
    inputs.nixpkgs.follows = "nixpkgs";
  inputs.hm = {
    url = "github:nix-community/home-manager";
    inputs.nixpkgs.follows = "nixpkgs";

  outputs = inputs: {
    homeManagerConfigurations."USER@HOSTNAME" = inputs.hm.lib.homeManagerConfiguration {
      pkgs = nixpkgs.legacyPackages.x86_64-linux;
      modules = [
        # And add the home-manager module
          # And configure
          programs.ironbar = {
            enable = true;
            config = {};
            style = "";
            package = inputs.ironbar;
            features = ["feature" "another_feature"];

There is a Cachix cache available at https://app.cachix.org/cache/jakestanger.



Ensure you have the build dependencies installed.

git clone https://github.com/jakestanger/ironbar.git
cd ironbar
cargo build --release
# change path to wherever you want to install
install target/release/ironbar ~/.local/bin/ironbar

By default, all features are enabled. See here for controlling which features are included.


Once installed, you will need to create a config and optionally a stylesheet in .config/ironbar. See the Configuration Guide and Style Guide for full details.

Ironbar can be launched using the ironbar binary.

Log verbosity can be changed using IRONBAR_LOG or IRONBAR_FILE_LOG. You can use any of error, warn, info, debug or trace.

These default to IRONBAR_LOG=info and IRONBAR_FILE_LOG=error.

File output can be found at ~/.local/share/ironbar/error.log.


Ironbar is an alpha project. It is unfinished and subject to constant breaking changes, and will continue that way until the foundation is rock solid.

If you would like to take the risk and help shape development, any bug reports, feature requests and discussion is welcome.

I use Ironbar on my daily driver, so development is active. Features aim to be stable and well documented before being merged.

Contribution Guidelines

All are welcome, but I ask a few basic things to help make things easier. Please check here for details.


  • Waybar - A lot of the initial inspiration, and a pretty great bar.
  • Rustbar - Served as a good demo for writing a basic GTK bar in Rust
  • Smithay Client Toolkit - Essential in being able to communicate to Wayland
  • gtk-layer-shell - Ironbar and many other projects would be impossible without this


~1M SLoC