propwatch - Man Page

a tool to monitor X11 properties


propwatch [ options ] property-name ...


propwatch is a tool to monitor window properties of root and application windows.  Nice for debugging property-based IPC of X11 programs.


propwatch uses the Athena Widgets and accepts the usual toolkit options like -display and -geometry.

Additional options are:

-watch display

Display to monitor the windows on.  By default the display specified in the DISPLAY environment variable or via -display is used, but it is possible to watch another display instead.


be verbose.


Log property changes to stdout.


Log keystrokes to stdout.

All remaining command line arguments are assumed to be property names which should be monitored.  If no property names are specified, a build in default (WM_COMMAND) will be used.



specifies the display to use for the propwatch window.

See Also

xprop(1), xhost(1), xauth(1), xwd(1)


Gerd Knorr <>


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