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i3-config-wizard - Man Page

creates a keysym based config based on your layout


i3-config-wizard [-s socket] [-m modifier] [-v] [-h]


-s,  --socket socket

Overwrites the path to the i3 IPC socket.

-m,  --modifier modifier

Generates the configuration file headlessly. Accepts win or alt.

-v,  --version

Display version number and exit.

-h,  --help

Display a short help message and exit.



This file contains the default configuration with keycodes. All the bindcode lines will be transformed to bindsym and the user-specified modifier will be used.


i3-config-wizard is started by i3 in its default config, unless ~/.i3/config exists. i3-config-wizard creates a keysym based i3 config file (based on /etc/i3/config.keycodes) in ~/.i3/config.

The advantage of using keysyms is that the config file is easy to read, understand and modify. However, if we shipped with a keysym based default config file, the key positions would not be consistent across different keyboard layouts (take for example the homerow for movement). Therefore, we ship with a keycode based default config and let the wizard transform it according to your current keyboard layout.

See Also



Michael Stapelberg and contributors

Referenced By


10/29/2023 i3 4.23 i3 Manual