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py3status: an extensible i3status wrapper written in python

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py3status is an extensible i3status wrapper written in Python.

Using py3status, you can take control of your i3bar easily by:

  • using one of the available modules shipped with py3status
  • grouping multiple modules and automatically or manually cycle their display
  • writing your own modules and have their output displayed on your bar
  • handling click events on your i3bar and play with them in no time
  • seeing your clock tick every second whatever your i3status interval

No extra configuration file needed, just install & enjoy!


You will love py3status if you're using i3wm (or sway) and are frustrated by the i3status limitations on your i3bar such as:

  • you cannot hack into it easily
  • you want more than the built-in modules and their limited configuration
  • you cannot pipe the result of one of more scripts or commands in your bar easily


  • no added configuration file, use the standard i3status.conf
  • rely on i3status' strengths and its existing configuration as much as possible
  • be extensible, it must be easy for users to add their own stuff/output by writing a simple python class which will be loaded and executed dynamically
  • easily allow interactivity with the i3bar
  • add some built-in enhancement/transformation of basic i3status modules output

We apply the Zen of py3status to improve this project and encourage everyone to read it!


Up-to-date documentation:

Get help or share your ideas on IRC:

  • channel #py3status on OFTC


See the up to date and complete installation instructions for your favorite distribution.


In your i3 config file, simply switch from i3status to py3status in your status_command:

status_command py3status

Usually you have your own i3status configuration, just point to it:

status_command py3status -c ~/.i3/i3status.conf


You can see the help of py3status by issuing `py3status -h`:

usage: py3status [-h] [-b] [-c FILE] [-d] [-g] [-i PATH] [-l FILE] [-s]
                 [-t INT] [-m] [-u PATH] [-v] [--wm WINDOW_MANAGER]

The agile, python-powered, i3status wrapper

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -b, --dbus-notify     send notifications via dbus instead of i3-nagbar
                        (default: False)
  -c, --config FILE     load config (default: /home/alexys/.i3/i3status.conf)
  -d, --debug           enable debug logging in syslog and --log-file
                        (default: False)
  -i, --include PATH    append additional user-defined module paths (default:
  -l, --log-file FILE   enable logging to FILE (default: None)
  -s, --standalone      run py3status without i3status (default: False)
  -t, --timeout INT     default module cache timeout in seconds (default: 60)
  -m, --disable-click-events
                        disable all click events (default: False)
  -u, --i3status PATH   specify i3status path (default: /usr/bin/i3status)
  -v, --version         show py3status version and exit (default: False)
  --wm WINDOW_MANAGER   specify window manager i3 or sway (default: i3)

Available modules

All modules shipped with py3status are configurable directly from your current i3status.conf!

Check them out to see all the configuration options.

Control from CLI

Just like i3status, you can force an update of your i3bar by sending a SIGUSR1 signal to py3status. Note that this will also send a SIGUSR1 signal to i3status:

killall -USR1 py3status

To refresh individual modules, the py3-cmd utility can be used, e.g:

py3-cmd refresh wifi

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