Using py3status, you can take control of your i3bar easily by:

  • using one of the available Modules shipped with py3status
  • grouping multiple modules and automatically or manually cycle their display
  • writing your own modules and have their output displayed on your bar
  • handling click events on your i3bar and play with them in no time
  • seeing your clock tick every second whatever your i3status interval

No extra configuration file needed, just install & enjoy!


You will love py3status if you’re using i3wm and are frustrated by the i3status limitations on your i3bar such as:

  • you cannot hack into it easily
  • you want more than the built-in modules and their limited configuration
  • you cannot pipe the result of one of more scripts or commands in your bar easily


  • no added configuration file, use the standard i3status.conf
  • rely on i3status’ strengths and its existing configuration as much as possible
  • be extensible, it must be easy for users to add their own stuff/output by writing a simple python class which will be loaded and executed dynamically
  • easily allow interactivity with the i3bar
  • add some built-in enhancement/transformation of basic i3status modules output
  • support python 2.7 and python 3.x


Distro Helpful Command Useful Note
Arch Linux $ pacaur -S py3status Stable updates. Official releases.
$ pacaur -S py3status-git Hot updates. Directly from master branch.
Debian & Ubuntu $ pypi-install py3status Usually in python-stdeb package.
Fedora $ dnf install py3status  
Gentoo Linux $ emerge -a py3status  
Pypi $ pip install py3status  

Installation Note: This list is incomplete. Please help us fill in the gaps.


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In your i3 config file, simply switch from i3status to py3status in your status_command:

status_command py3status

Usually you have your own i3status configuration, just point to it:

status_command py3status -c ~/.i3/i3status.conf

Available modules

You can get a list with short descriptions of all available modules by using the CLI:

$ py3status modules list

To get more details about all available modules and their configuration, use:

$ py3status modules details

All modules shipped with py3status are present as the Python source files in the py3status/modules directory.


You can see the help of py3status by issuing py3status --help:

-h, --help            show this help message and exit
-b, --dbus-notify     use notify-send to send user notifications rather than
                      i3-nagbar, requires a notification daemon eg dunst
                      path to i3status config file
-d, --debug           be verbose in syslog
                      include user-written modules from those directories
                      (default ~/.i3/py3status)
-l LOG_FILE, --log-file LOG_FILE
                      path to py3status log file
-n INTERVAL, --interval INTERVAL
                      update interval in seconds (default 1 sec)
-s, --standalone      standalone mode, do not use i3status
                      default injection cache timeout in seconds (default 60
-v, --version         show py3status version and exit


Just like i3status, you can force an update of your i3bar by sending a SIGUSR1 signal to py3status. Note that this will also send a SIGUSR1 signal to i3status.

killall -USR1 py3status