Tab completion for i3 commands in Bash and zsh
Published: Monday, September 3, 2018
Something I miss from other window managers like Herbstluftwm is tab completion in the shell for the commands and features it supports. Partly because I’m lazy and partly because it’s not that easy to remember every feature when you rarely use them.
With tab completion you can list all the available commands which makes it pretty easy to figure out how to do things and what’s available to you. And fortunately a tab completion script for both Bash and zsh do exist, it’s called i3-completion and it looks something like this:
$ i3-msg <Tab> [ exec kill nop restart swap append_layout exit layout open scratchpad title_format bar floating mark reload shmlog unmark border focus mode rename split workspace debuglog fullscreen move resize sticky
Clone the latest code from their git repository:
$ git clone https://github.com/cornerman/i3-completion
To add the script to either Bash or zsh you need to source it in you configuration (
source "<path to file>/i3_completion.sh"
And if you use zsh you also need to make sure to enable the usage of Bash scripts in zsh by adding this line before sourcing the script:
autoload bashcompinit && bashcompinit
Lastly save and reload your configuration:
And now you should have fancy tab completions for your i3 commands. :)
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