Cygwin Resources

Here I provide some cygwin binary packages for blackbox.

Blackbox 0.70.1 binary tarball

Download blackbox-0.70.1.tar.bz2 (2.2Mb)


tar -xvjf blackbox-0.70.1.tar.bz2 -C / 

Edit ~/.xinitrc and add blackbox to your the file. In my case this is the only line in my file.


Edit /usr/X11R6/bin/startx

defaultserverargs="-multiwindow -clipboard"



Fire it up (via startx) and you should see this

Blacbox WM 0.70.1

Warning: I had to disable Unicode fonts in blackbox to get it working with cygwin. I have no idea why, but if blackbox tries to use unicode fonts all you get is boxes instead of the correct font renderings.

Blackbox 0.65.0 binary tarball

Blackbox is very lightweight and quick, forget Gnome or KDE. Blackbox and fluxbox are very similar and I normally use one or the other. At the moment fluxbox does not compile under Cygwin.

You can download Blackbox 0.65.0 compiled for cygwin blackbox-0.65.0.tar.bz2 which is 1.062Mb.

Fluxbox 1.0.0 binary tarball

I have built fluxbox for cygwin and tested it on 2 PCs now. I felt I should share it. Heres how to install it.

Firstly you should install cygwin and xorg-base for

Download the fluxbox 1.0.0 tar bz2 file and extract the file into cygwins root.

tar -xvjf fluxbox-1.0.0.tar.bz2 -C /

Now add fluxbox to your ~/.xinitrc file. Mine contains just the one line


Dont forget to ensure the defaultserverargs value in the /usr/X11R6/bin/startx file doesnt have the multiwindow argument. I.e change the line

defaultserverargs="-multiwindow -clipboard"



You should get something like this once you run startx

XModMap German

Here is the .xmodmap for a German keyboard. Xmodmap-de.html


BitchX also provides binary version for Cygwin. BitchX

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