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Goal: Custom Flat Design Titlebar, Minimalist PNG Button

Table of Content

1: Preparation

This titlebar utilize PNG file.

Awesome WM: Title Bar

Consider have a look at the resources in file manager.

Awesome WM: Thunar Title Bar

I decide to remade the the PNG using Inkscape. Inkscape use SVG as default format.

If you never had experience on theming using SVG, I recommend you to read this article below before continue:

2: Unified Graphic Material

This is the Inkscape Part.

Instead of separated UI design for each icon, we can put all icons into one SVG file.

SVG Icon Set

I have made my own custom SVG source:

SVG Source: Title Bar

You might want to alter the UI/UGM image yourself to suit your needs.

SVG Source

SVG source available at:


Inkscape is a very nice tools. Inkscape can name each object properly.

Inkscape: Naming Object Property

So we can have the right name, while exporting to PNG.

Inkscape: Export Selection with Name

Any SVG can be edited in text editor, so you can change the export properties at once, by search and replace. In this case I change from export-xdpi="900" to export-xdpi="384".

       inkscape:export-ydpi="384" />

Generating icon has never been easier than this.

3: Theme Configuration

We need to map from generated PNG to Awesome predefined variable names.

local icondir = ""

icondir = theme_path .. "titlebar/"
icondir = icondir .. "clone/"

-- Define the image to load
theme.titlebar_close_button_normal              = icondir .. "close_normal.png"
theme.titlebar_close_button_focus               = icondir .. "close_focus.png"

theme.titlebar_minimize_button_normal           = icondir .. "minimize_normal.png"
theme.titlebar_minimize_button_focus            = icondir .. "minimize_focus.png"

theme.titlebar_ontop_button_normal_inactive     = icondir .. "ontop_normal_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_ontop_button_focus_inactive      = icondir .. "ontop_focus_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_ontop_button_normal_active       = icondir .. "ontop_normal_active.png"
theme.titlebar_ontop_button_focus_active        = icondir .. "ontop_focus_active.png"

theme.titlebar_sticky_button_normal_inactive    = icondir .. "sticky_normal_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_sticky_button_focus_inactive     = icondir .. "sticky_focus_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_sticky_button_normal_active      = icondir .. "sticky_normal_active.png"
theme.titlebar_sticky_button_focus_active       = icondir .. "sticky_focus_active.png"

theme.titlebar_floating_button_normal_inactive  = icondir .. "floating_normal_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_floating_button_focus_inactive   = icondir .. "floating_focus_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_floating_button_normal_active    = icondir .. "floating_normal_active.png"
theme.titlebar_floating_button_focus_active     = icondir .. "floating_focus_active.png"

theme.titlebar_maximized_button_normal_inactive = icondir .. "maximized_normal_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_maximized_button_focus_inactive  = icondir .. "maximized_focus_inactive.png"
theme.titlebar_maximized_button_normal_active   = icondir .. "maximized_normal_active.png"
theme.titlebar_maximized_button_focus_active    = icondir .. "maximized_focus_active.png"

And the result is a very nice titlebar.

AwesomeWM: Two Titlebars

4: Titlebar Configuration

Just in case you did not notice, there is these lines in Awesome 4.x series:

theme.titlebar_minimize_button_normal           = icondir .. "minimize_normal.png"
theme.titlebar_minimize_button_focus            = icondir .. "minimize_focus.png"

Consider go back to previous article, and add minimizebutton (c) to this module:

        { -- Right
            awful.titlebar.widget.floatingbutton (c),
            awful.titlebar.widget.minimizebutton (c),
            awful.titlebar.widget.stickybutton   (c),
            awful.titlebar.widget.ontopbutton    (c),
            awful.titlebar.widget.closebutton    (c),
            layout = wibox.layout.fixed.horizontal()

And a new minimized button is there below.

AwesomeWM: Titlebars with Minimize Button

What is Next?

Consider continue reading [ Awesome WM - Theme - Layout Icons ]. There is this topic, about multicolor layout icons. Creating minimalist PNG Button using Inkscape, one SVG file to create each PNG resource.

What do you think?