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app sworkstyle

Workspaces with the swayest style! This program will dynamically rename your workspaces to indicate which programs are running in each workspace. It uses the Sway IPC. In the absence of a config file, one will be generated automatically.See ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/workstyle/config.yml for details.

11 stable releases

1.2.1 Aug 21, 2021
1.1.0 Jul 4, 2021
1.0.8 May 12, 2021
1.0.6 Apr 13, 2021

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Swayest Workstyle

AUR version

Map workspace name to icons defined depending on the windows inside of the workspace.

An executable similar to workstyle.

Differences between sworkstyle and workstyle:

  • Plug-and-play solution, build-in matching config, you can extend this config by creating/modifying .config/sworkstyle/config.toml or you can make a PR for your package manager or this repository with new matchers.

  • Way better matching: using regex, exact app names and generic app titles.

  • Specifically meant for Sway and Wayland

  • Fallback Icon

Your workspace shall never contain an empty icon again!

An example of what it does (using waybar which also hides the workspace index):



cargo install sworkstyle

Arch Linux

You can install it manually or use a aur helper like Yay.

yay -S sworkstyle



Sway Configuration

exec sworkstyle &> /tmp/sworkstyle.log

Note that since your workspaces will be renamed all the time, you should configure your keybindings to use numbered workspaces instead of assuming that the name is the number: Prefer

    bindsym $mod+1 workspace number 1


    bindsym $mod+1 workspace 1

Sworkstyle Configuration

The main configuration consists of deciding which icons to use for which applications.

The config file is located at ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/sworkstyle/config.toml. Its values will take precedence over the defaults. The syntax is in TOML and should be pretty self-explanatory.

When an app isn't recognized in the config, sworkstyle will log the application name as a warning. Simply add that string to your config file, with an icon of your choice.

Note that the crate find_unicode can help find a unicode character directly from the command line. It now supports all of nerdfonts unicode space.

For a reference to the regex syntax see the regex crate



'{pattern}' = '{icon}'

# pattern: Can either be the exact "app_name" (app_id/class) of the window or a regex string in the format of `"/{regex}/"` which will match the window "title".
# icon: Your beautiful icon


'{pattern}' = { type = 'generic' | 'exact', value = '{icon}' }

Note: You'll only have to use the verbose format when matching generic with a case insensitive text. 'case insensitive title' = { type = 'generic', value = 'A' }


If it couldn't match something it will print:

WARN [sworkstyle:config] No match for '{app_name}' with title '{title}'

You can use {title} to do a generic matching

You can use {app_name} to do an exact match

Default Config

fallback = ''

'discord' = ''
'balena-etcher' = ''
'Chia Blockchain' = ''
'Steam' = ''
'vlc' = ''
'org.qbittorrent.qBittorrent' = ''
'Thunderbird' = ''
'thunderbird' = ''
'Postman' = ''
'Insomnia' = ''
'Bitwarden' = ''
'Google-chrome' = ''
'Chromium' = ''
'Slack' = ''
'Code' = ''
'code-oss' = ''
'Spotify' = ''
'/(?i)Github.*Firefox/' = ''
'firefox' = ''
'Nightly' = ''
'firefoxdeveloperedition' = ''
'/nvim ?\w*/' = ''
'/npm/' = ''
'/node/' = ''
'/yarn/' = ''
'Alacritty' = ''

Package Maintainers

If you want to change the build-in config, change default_config.toml with your config and install the project.

You might also want font-awesome as a dependency depending on your config.

You can also make a PR to add a badge and add your install method under #Installation or to add matchers to the build-in config.

See aur for an example build.


  • Allow multiple instances of a program to be displayed with only one icon unique = true
  • Cmdline arg for specifying config location -c {path_to_config}

Known Issues

  • Using sway's alt-tab behavior can cause a workspace to be not named


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