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You can install i3 on ANY Linux Mint 18.2.

I3 is a window tiling manager. It will automatically tile your windows/applications on your screens and workspaces. I have set it to 10 workspaces. It means I have 10 virtual monitors.

On this website you can find a menu just about i3. Any of these tutorials are interesting to learn more about i3. The distro is less important than i3. Furthermore if you get stuck at some point in time you have to go to the home website of i3 and in particular to the user’s guide.

First we will do a clean install of Linux Mint 18.2 and then we will install i3wm on it. You may have followed already the tutorial to make an Ultimate Linux Mint. That is fine too.

The flavour of Linux Mint does NOT matter for the installation.
Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce.

Installation scripts have been updated and are here!!

Logout of Mint and log back in in i3

  • at the login screen choose i3
  • organization of current workspaces
    • workspace 1 browsers
    • workspace 2 text editors
    • workspace 3 inkscape
    • workspace 4 gimp
    • workspace 5 meld pictures
    • workspace 6 video
    • workspace 7 vmware virtualbox
    • workspace 8 file managers
    • workspace 9 mailing
    • workspace 10 music
  • compton effects will be shown
    • shadow
    • dimming
    • transparency
  • Super + x to quit or log out of i3
  • Super + shift + q kills the focused applications
  • Super + f is fullscreen the current application and go out with the same shortcut
  • READ config of i3

Contents of tutorial

  • sudo apt install git
  • git clone
  • the downloaded folder is going to be the core folder of i3
  • installation folder is where you start
    • install each script apart and start with 100 till 900
    • or the automatic installation script i.e. just one script to install everything – give it a try
  • super+d gives our dmenu
  • ALT + F3 gives the xfce4-appfinder
  • compton gives us
    • transparency
    • shadow
    • dimming
    • fading
  • nemo will be installed as well (also on Xfce and Mate)
  • gnometerminal will be installed as well for nemo
  • icons, themes, spotify, atom, gimp, inkscape, meld, … will be installed since they have keyboard shortcuts and work on specific workspaces
  • last script will copy/paste the actual i3 configuration to ~/.config/i3 – certainly do not skip this one
  • customize look and feel = lxappearance = for i3
  • themes = linux mint cinnamon
  • qtconfig-qt4 to set fonts and size fonts


Remember to logout and back in to see the icon and theme changes. Super + x


i3 is optimal when you have a dualscreen.

Workspace 1-5 on first monitor and workspace 6-10 on second monitor



Installation on Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.2 – no sound




Installation on Linux Mint XFCE 18.2 WITH sound