I am looking for a Linux application which runs on top of/parallel to a "normal" desktop environment (Xfce, Gnome) and provides the features of a tiling window manager. Thus you can combine the two worlds. E.g. you can still move/resize your windows with the mouse or you can move/resize them with keyboard shortcuts.

Compiz provides a similar feature with the grid-plugin. Nevertheless I would like to avoid Compiz as, in my opinion, there is a 50-50 chance that it becomes more stable or more buggy after the next release.

If it is easier to answer, I am looking specially for an application for Xfce. Nevertheless an application with such a functionality and which runs in more environments would be nice to know.


I also use XFCE and I can't live without Quicktile! It does indeed give the best of both worlds, allowing me to use a normal DM while still enjoying the benefits of tiling window managers. If you're on Arch Linux, it's in the AUR.

  • Hotkeys to tile
  • Extremely lightweight, runs as a daemon
  • Works with pretty much every DM and window manager (I've tested it with KDE, Unity, XFCE, Enlightenment, and LXDE)
  • Also works in tandem with Compiz (And is much better than Compiz tiling plugin, much more flexible)

From the same developer of CherryTree, X-tile is a graphical application that allows you to select a number of windows and tile them in different ways.

X-tile works on any X desktop (GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE…). The main features are: many tiling geometries, undo tiling, invert tiling order, optional system tray docking and menu, filter to avoid listing some windows, filter to check some windows by default, command line interface.

Features :

  • tile checked windows vertically
  • tile checked windows horizontally
  • tile checked windows grid
  • tile checked windows custom
  • tile checked windows triangle up, down, left, right
  • tile checked windows quad
  • undo tiling
  • invert tiling order
  • cycle tiling order
  • maximize checked windows
  • unmaximize checked windows
  • close checked windows
  • filter to avoid listing some windows
  • filter to check some windows by default
  • optional system tray docking and menu
  • command line interface

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  • How to install it? What are your experiences with mentioned tool? Could you edit answer adding this info too? – danijelc Feb 19 '14 at 17:31

In the popular Desktop Environment Cinnamon 2.0, edge-tiling is inbuilt:
cinnamon 2.0 egde tiling

I don't usually use it, but one can tile windows with super-arrow keys

Cinnamon is a fork of Gnome 3, meant to be more like Gnome 2 to use, but with the advantages of Gnome 3 underneath. On their website, it is described as

Traditional layout, advanced features, easy to use, powerful, flexible.

which actually sums it up quite well :)

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    Please, provide some details how could it be installed atop xfce or Gnome – leventov Feb 9 '14 at 16:13
  • @leventov Cinnamon can't be set atop of xfce or gnome. Its a replacement / runs parallel. – Angelo Fuchs Feb 9 '14 at 18:02
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    Your answer would be more useful if it explained the main differences between Cinnamon and the environments mentioned in the question (LXDE, Gnome). Why would one want to switch to Cinnamon from LXDE or Gnome, what might one lose in the process? – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Feb 9 '14 at 18:22
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    @Gilles I believe you're all taking OP's question a bit too literally as it appears he's just listing off a few example desktop environments. I see no reason MadTux's answer isn't valid as it is. – DanteTheEgregore Feb 14 '14 at 21:53
  • @DanteTheEgregore I'm not sure that it's too literal, as OP did explicitly state, "I am looking specially for an application for Xfce." – dotVezz Apr 12 '16 at 13:15

For Gnome, there is ShellTile.

I've been using it for a few weeks. It's pretty straightforward, press CTRL and drag one window over another to make them tile. They'll all automatically resize to fit if you resize one of them.

Personally I've found it works pretty well, although sometimes I'll accidentally tile it vertically when I was trying to tile it horizontally, or vice versa.

Installation is a breeze if you're using Gnome, just visit the ShellTile link above and enable it directly from the webpage.

ShellTile in action

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    Could you add a screenshot of it working? How does it change the other windows? What makes this solution great? What are your personal experiences? – Angelo Fuchs Feb 9 '14 at 19:34

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