I've been using Fluxbox on my netbook, and have been very pleased. That is, with everything but one feature. I would really like it if I could use Fluxbox with the added functionality that when I use Alt+Tab it will show me the windows I am switching between. (As it does in Windows/Mac/GNOME/KDE/Xfce/...). Is there some app I can install that would do that? Or is the only resort to use a different GUI?

  • Cross posted on AU. – enzotib Dec 11 '11 at 12:13
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  • Have you ever found out how to do that? I am interested in achieving this functionality as well. – Patrick Mar 16 '12 at 18:39
  • @enzotib: the AU post has been closed. I would also live to know how to do this. – David Oneill Apr 5 '12 at 20:54

you can use http://bbkeys.sourceforge.net/ to achieve your goal.


Here is also a git repo with installation instructions for bbkeys. Make sure to remove the key bindings from your ~/.fluxbox/keys file.


Traditional Alt-Tab (not only keyboard shortcut, but GUI list) may be achieved by alttab. It works nicely in fluxbox.

Install alttab.

Disable/comment built-in non-GUI Alt-Tab in /etc/X11/fluxbox/keys or ~/.fluxbox/keys:

#Mod1 Tab :NextWindow {groups} (workspace=[current])
#Mod1 Shift Tab :PrevWindow {groups} (workspace=[current])

Edit ~/.fluxbox/startup:

...other apps...
alttab &
exec fluxbox

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