Regolith relies on the Xresources system to provide a consolidated interface configuration. By changing
Xresources values, Regolith can be customized in ways such as updating the user interface, specifying custom behaviors, or defining a specific format for some of the blocklets on the bar.
Xresourcesvalues can be changed via two methods: supplying your own
Xresourcesfiles, and overriding the existing
Xresourcesvalues. The latter approach is strongly recommended, as it makes upgrading to newer versions of Regolith less likely to break your customizations. If you copy the
Xresourcestree completely you’ll need to integrate any breaking changes in future versions manually.
When a Regolith session is started, Xresources are loaded in the following order:
|Y||Intended for non-Regolith settings|
|N||The Regolith |
|Y||Applies specific overrides to |
It is recommended to use
~/.config/regolith2/Xresources for customization as it doesn’t require the specification of redundant settings and is easier to maintain over time.
Determining which values can be changed #
xrdb tool can be used to list the existing
Xresources values. There is a number of existing overrides in the R2.1 release:
$ xrdb -query [...] gnome.terminal.scrollbar: never gnome.terminal.use-transparent-background: true gtk.document_font_name: Sans 12 gtk.font_name: Bitstream Vera Sans 12 gtk.icon_theme_name: Papirus-Dark gtk.monospace_font_name: BitstreamVeraSansMono Nerd Font 13 gtk.theme_name: Ayu-Mirage-Dark i3-wm.bar.background.color: #1F2430 [...]
Note that the commands presented below append text to a file, so running the command more than once will result in duplicate entires.
Example - Update the UI for High DPI Screens #
By using the
~/.config/regolith2/Xresources override file, we will only need to specify the values we wish to change. The
xrdb tool can be used to determine what current values are set to.
- Create or add the following value to your
- Reload the
$ regolith-look refresh
- Open a new terminal to see the change take effect.
192 is just an example value, please adjust as needed.
Example - Change i3 bar position #
$ xrdb -query | grep position i3-wm.bar.position: bottom $ echo "i3-wm.bar.position: top" >> ~/.config/regolith2/Xresources $ regolith-look refresh
Example - Change GTK Theme #
$ xrdb -query | grep gtk gtk.theme_name: Ayu-Mirage-Dark $ echo "gnome.gtk.theme: Adwaita" >> ~/.config/regolith2/Xresources $ regolith-look refresh
Example - Disable the System Tray #
$ echo "i3-wm.bar.trayoutput: none" >> ~/.config/regolith2/Xresources $ regolith-look refresh
Example - Use Alt instead of Win as Super #
$ echo "i3-wm.mod: Mod1" >> ~/.config/regolith2/Xresources $ echo "i3-wm.alt: Mod4" >> ~/.config/regolith2/Xresources
Then Reload i3 for the change to take effect. Some settings may require logging back into the session, for example anything that i3 launches as a separate process.
Further Reading #
See the reference page for configurations for more details about config files in Regolith.