quartz-wm is the window manager used by XQuartz to bring an OS X-like experience to X11 applications. It makes use of the AppleWM X11 protocol extension to have libXplugin within XQuartz render window decoration on its behalf and handles basic window manager functionality as described by the ICCCM.


quartz-wm was release by Apple under the terms of the Apple Public Source License Version 2 in December 2011 including git history covering recent changes. A small portion of quartz-wm remains binary-only, and Apple has committed to providing updates to this interface to address bugs and support future versions of the OS.

Source Releases


If you prefer testing the latest changes or want to develop quartz-wm, you are encouraged to use git. Since MacOSForge does not have native git support, quartz-wm is available from github. You can check out and build the latest sources with:

git clone https://github.com/jeremyhu/quartz-wm.git
cd quartz-wm
ACLOCAL="aclocal -I /opt/X11/share/aclocal" autoreconf -fvi
PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/X11/share/pkgconfig:/opt/X11/lib/pkgconfig ./configure --prefix=/opt/X11
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