i3-msg man page

i3-msg — send messages to i3 window manager

Synopsis

i3-msg [-q] [-v] [-h] [-s socket] [-t type] [message]

Options

-q, --quiet
Only send ipc message and suppress the output of the response.
-v, --version
Display version number and exit.
-h, --help
Display a short help-message and exit.
-s, --socket sock_path
i3-msg will use the environment variable I3sock or the socket path given here. If both fail, it will try to get the socket information from the root window and then try /tmp/i3-ipc.sock before exiting with an error.
-t type
Send ipc message, see below. This option defaults to "command".

message

Send ipc message, see below.

Ipc Message Types

command

The payload of the message is a command for i3 (like the commands you can bind to keys in the configuration file) and will be executed directly after receiving it.

get_workspaces

Gets the current workspaces. The reply will be a JSON-encoded list of workspaces.

get_outputs

Gets the current outputs. The reply will be a JSON-encoded list of outputs (see the reply section of docs/ipc, e.g. at http://i3wm.org/docs/ipc.html#_receivin…).

get_tree

Gets the layout tree. i3 uses a tree as data structure which includes every container. The reply will be the JSON-encoded tree.

get_marks

Gets a list of marks (identifiers for containers to easily jump to them later). The reply will be a JSON-encoded list of window marks.

get_bar_config

Gets the configuration (as JSON map) of the workspace bar with the given ID. If no ID is provided, an array with all configured bar IDs is returned instead.

get_binding_modes

Gets a list of configured binding modes.

get_version

Gets the version of i3. The reply will be a JSON-encoded dictionary with the major, minor, patch and human-readable version.

Description

i3-msg is a sample implementation for a client using the unix socket IPC interface to i3.

Examples

# Use 1-px border for current client
i3-msg "border 1pixel"

# You can leave out the quotes
i3-msg border normal

# Dump the layout tree
i3-msg -t get_tree

Environment

I3sock

If no ipc-socket is specified on the commandline, this variable is used to determine the path, at which the unix domain socket is expected, on which to connect to i3.

See Also

i3(1)

Author

Michael Stapelberg and contributors

Referenced By

i3(1), i3-ipc(1), sway(1).

11/08/2016 i3 4.13 i3 Manual