Setup WMaker on Cygwin

In this post, we will see how to install and setup wmaker on cygwin.

Cygwin is a collection of tools which provide a Linux look and feel environment for Windows.

Window Maker is fast, feature rich, easy to configure, and easy to use X11 window manager. Earlier it was required to first install X Windows application on windows.  But starting 1.7 release, Cygwin includes a port X Windows by name cygwin/x.

To Install Cygwin

Go to, download setup.exe and run the setup.

To Include cygwin/x

After running setup.exe, select the ‘xinit’ package from the ‘X11’ category.

To Include  Wmaker

X11 category also contains window maker installation.  You can safely select complete X11 package installation.

Once you select the required packages (like vim which are not selected by default for e.g.,),  follow the instructions and start the installation process.

Setting up WMaker

WMaker is not the default manager used by cygwin.  Xwindows can be started in two ways.

  •   create the ~/.xinitrc file and then add the following lines:

exec wmaker


  • modify the /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc,

remove the line


add a line

"exec wmaker&"

Now to start wmaker,  just type the command


in your cygwin terminal.

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