1.7 KiB


Mandatory dependencies

  • Xlib
  • Xt
  • Motif
  • A C compiler

Optional dependencies

  • MWM (the reccomended window manager for Xmd)
  • xsct (display-temperature)
  • brightnessctl (xmbrightness)
  • xwallpaper (xmd-load-wallpaper)

Installing via APK:

# apk add libx11 libx11-dev libxt libxt-dev motif motif-dev mwm xwallpaper clang


Before building any of the applications you will need to build libXmd, which contains code common to most of them:

# cd libXmd
# ./build.sh install

Individual applications

Individual applications can be installed using ./build.sh in their respective subdirectories:

# cd <application>
# ./build.sh install


Xmd provides something called replicants, which are dynamically loaded widgets that can be placed inside of xmpanel. They can be installed using ./build.sh in their respective subdirectories:

# cd replicants/<replicant>
# ./build.sh install


Xmd includes some scripts to provide a standard interface for common graphical tasks like taking screenshots. These can be installed using ./install.sh in the glue directory.


Xmd includes several scripts to facilitate using it as a desktop environment. It can be installed using ./install.sh in the session directory. Note that without a configuration in place, the session scripts don't really do anything useful. The next section of this document describes how to install a default configuration.

Default configuration

A default configuration can be installed by running ./install.sh in the defaults directory. It contains:

  • An MWM configuration
  • .xinitrc and .xsession files
  • Default startup items
    • MWM
    • XMPanel
  • Default panel replicants