swaymsg - Send messages to a running instance of sway over the IPC
swaymsg [options...] [message]
Show help message and quit.
Monitor for responses until killed instead of exiting
after the first response. This can only be used with the IPC message type
subscribe. If there is a malformed response or an invalid event type
was requested, swaymsg will stop monitoring and exit.
Use pretty output even when not using a tty. Not
available for all message types.
Sends the IPC message but does not print the response
Use raw JSON output even if using a tty.
-s, --socket <path>
Use the specified socket path. Otherwise, swaymsg will
ask sway where the socket is (which is the value of $SWAYSOCK, then of
-t, --type <type>
Specify the type of IPC message. See below.
Print the version (of swaymsg) and quit.
The message is a sway command (the same commands you can
bind to keybindings in your sway config file). It will be executed
See sway(5) for a list of commands.
swaymsg can return pretty printed (standalone-default) or
JSON-formatted (--raw) output. For detailed documentation on the
returned JSON-data of each message type listed below, refer to
sway-ipc(7). The JSON-format can contain more information than the
•Command expansion is performed twice: once by
swaymsg, and again by sway. If you have quoted multi-word strings in your
command, enclose the entire command in single-quotes. For example, use
swaymsg 'output "Foobar Display" enable' instead of
swaymsg output "Foobar Display" enable. Furthermore, note
that comma separated options also count as multi-word strings, because commas
can be used to execute commands on the same line.
•If you are providing a command that contains a
leading hyphen (-), insert two hyphens (--) before the command
to signal to swaymsg not to parse anything beyond that point as an option. For
example, use swaymsg -- mark --add test instead of swaymsg mark
Gets a list of workspaces and their status.
Gets a list of current inputs.
Gets a list of current outputs.
Gets a JSON-encoded layout tree of all open windows,
containers, outputs, workspaces, and so on.
Gets a list of all seats, its properties and all assigned
Get a JSON-encoded list of marks.
Get a JSON-encoded configuration for swaybar.
Get version information for the running instance of
Gets a JSON-encoded list of currently configured binding
Gets JSON-encoded info about the current binding
Gets a copy of the current configuration. Doesn't expand
Sends a tick event to all subscribed clients.
Subscribe to a list of event types. The argument for this
type should be provided in the form of a valid JSON array. If any of the types
are invalid or if a valid JSON array is not provided, this will result in a
swaymsg errors such as invalid syntax, unable to connect
to the ipc socket or unable to parse sway's reply
Sway returned an error when processing the command (ex.
invalid command, command failed, and invalid subscription request)