I currently use Polybar as my main and only tool bar for i3.

What I like about it, is that it's highly customizable:

  • the look and feel can be customized at will to have a slick and modern look
  • I can have almost any monitoring tool based on scripts (CPU, GPU activities, RAM, etc.)
  • The bar is interactive: I can click on it to change workspace, logout, lock the screen, etc.

However, as far as I know, the bar can only be placed at the top or the bottom of the desktop. When you use a 16/9 display, vertical space is precious.

Is there a way to display the bar on the side? If not, are there other customizable bars similar to polybar to do that?

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    Here's a list of about 20 other status bars you can use instead of Polybar: github.com/kimond/awesome-statusbars ; Not sure exactly which one allows verticle but I know I've seen people do it before. – n8te Apr 4 at 7:50
  • Very interesting link indeed. After a first quick look, none of them seem to be capable of vertical orientation – Ben Apr 4 at 8:24
  • The problem with a vertical status bar is that you can't fit the words unless you have them sideways/vertical as well, like this person did: reddit.com/r/unixporn/comments/b0a2rd/dwm_feeling_cute ; they used lemonbar. – n8te Apr 4 at 8:32
  • I was thinking about doing like here, but in i3 reddit.com/r/unixporn/comments/anp51q/… – Ben Apr 4 at 8:38
  • Dzen says it offers vertical menu mode. Scroll down to (3) Menu here: github.com/robm/dzen ; no pics though so not sure how it looks – n8te Apr 4 at 8:49

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