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i3pystatus 3.28

Like i3status, this generates status line for i3bar / i3wm

Latest Version: 3.35


i3pystatus is a (hopefully growing) collection of python scripts for
status output compatible to i3status / i3bar of the i3 window manager.


Note: i3pystatus requires Python 3.2 or newer and is not compatible with
Python 2.x.

From PyPI package `i3pystatus <https:"" pypi="" i3pystatus="">`_


pip install i3pystatus

Packages for your OS

* `Arch Linux <https:"" packages="" i3pystatus-git=""/>`_

Release Notes


* **If you're currently using the ``i3pystatus`` command to run your i3bar**:
Replace ``i3pystatus`` command in your i3 configuration with ``python ~/path/to/your/``
* New options for `mem`_ (thanks Arvedui)
* Added `cpu\_usage`_
* Improved error handling
* Removed ``i3pystatus`` binary
* pulseaudio: changed context name to "i3pystatus_pulseaudio"
* Code changes
* Do not name your script or it will break imports.
* Removed DHL tracker of parcel module, because it doesn't work anymore.


* Add weather module
* Add text module
* PulseAudio module: Add muted/unmuted options


* Add mem module


**This release introduced changes that may require manual changes to your
configuration file**

* Introduced TimeWrapper
* battery module: removed remaining\_* formatters in favor of
TimeWrapper, as it can not only reproduce all the variants removed,
but can do much more.
* mpd: Uses TimeWrapper for song_length, song_elapsed


The config file is just a normal Python script.

A simple configuration file could look like this (note the additional dependencies
from network, wireless and pulseaudio in this example):


# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import subprocess

from i3pystatus import Status

status = Status(standalone=True)

# Displays clock like this:
# Tue 30 Jul 11:59:46 PM KW31
# ^-- calendar week
format="%a %-d %b %X KW%V",)

# Shows the average load of the last minute and the last 5 minutes
# (the default value for format is used)

# Shows your CPU temperature, if you have a Intel CPU

# The battery monitor has many formatting options, see README for details

# This would look like this, when discharging (or charging)
# ↓14.22W 56.15% [77.81%] 2h:41m
# And like this if full:
# =14.22W 100.0% [91.21%]
# This would also display a desktop notification (via dbus) if the percentage
# goes below 5 percent while discharging. The block will also color RED.
format="{status}/{consumption:.2f}W {percentage:.2f}% [{percentage_design:.2f}%] {remaining:%E%hh:%Mm}",
"DIS": "↓",
"CHR": "↑",
"FULL": "=",

# This would look like this:
# Discharging 6h:51m
format="{status} {remaining:%E%hh:%Mm}",
"DIS": "Discharging",
"CHR": "Charging",
"FULL": "Bat full",

# Displays whether a DHCP client is running

# Shows the address and up/down state of eth0. If it is up the address is shown in
# green (the default value of color_up) and the CIDR-address is shown
# (i.e.
# If it's down just the interface name (eth0) will be displayed in red
# (defaults of format_down and color_down)
# Note: the network module requires PyPI package netifaces-py3

# Has all the options of the normal network and adds some wireless specific things
# like quality and network names.
# Note: requires both netifaces-py3 and basiciw
format_up="{essid} {quality:03.0f}%",)

# Shows disk usage of /
# Format:
# 42/128G [86G]
format="{used}/{total}G [{avail}G]",)

# Shows pulseaudio default sink volume
# Note: requires libpulseaudio from PyPI

# Shows mpd status
# Format:
# Cloud connected▶Reroute to Remain
"pause": "▷",
"play": "▶",
"stop": "◾",

Also change your i3wm config to the following:


# i3bar
bar {
status_command python ~/.path/to/your/config/
position top
workspace_buttons yes


All modules let you specifiy the exact output formatting using a
`format string <http:"" 3="" library="" string.html#formatstrings="">`_, which
gives you a great deal of flexibility.

If a module gives you a float, it probably has a ton of
uninteresting decimal places. Use ``{somefloat:.0f}`` to get the integer
value, ``{somefloat:0.2f}`` gives you two decimal places after the
decimal dot


Some modules use an extended format string syntax (the mpd module, for example).
Given the format string below the output adapts itself to the available data.



Only if both the artist and album is known they're displayed. If only one or none
of them is known the entire group between the brackets is excluded.

"is known" is here defined as "value evaluating to True in Python", i.e. an empty
string or 0 (or 0.0) counts as "not known".

Inside a group always all format specifiers must evaluate to true (logical and).

You can nest groups. The inner group will only become part of the output if both
the outer group and the inner group are eligible for output.


Some modules that output times use TimeWrapper to format these. TimeWrapper is
a mere extension of the standard formatting method.

The time format that should be used is specified using the format specifier, i.e.
with some_time being 3951 seconds a format string like ``{some_time:%h:%m:%s}``
would produce ``1:5:51``

* ``%h``, ``%m`` and ``%s`` are the hours, minutes and seconds without
leading zeros (i.e. 0 to 59 for minutes and seconds)
* ``%H``, ``%M`` and ``%S`` are padded with a leading zero to two digits,
i.e. 00 to 59
* ``%l`` and ``%L`` produce hours non-padded and padded but only if hours
is not zero. If the hours are zero it produces an empty string.
* ``%%`` produces a literal %
* ``%E`` (only valid on beginning of the string) if the time is null,
don't format anything but rather produce an empty string. If the
time is non-null it is removed from the string.
* When the module in question also uses formatp, 0 seconds counts as
"not known".
* The formatted time is stripped, i.e. spaces on both ends of the
result are removed


:System: `clock`_ - `disk`_ - `load`_ - `mem`_ - `cpu\_usage`_
:Audio: `alsa`_ - `pulseaudio`_
:Hardware: `battery`_ - `backlight`_ - `temp`_
:Network: `network`_ - `wireless`_
:Other: `mail`_ - `parcel`_ - `pyload`_ - `weather`_ - `mpd`_ - `text`_
:Advanced: `file`_ - `regex`_ - `runwatch`_


Shows volume of ALSA mixer. You can also use this for inputs, btw.

Requires pyalsaaudio

Available formatters:

* `{volume}` — the current volume in percent
* `{muted}` — the value of one of the `muted` or `unmuted` settings
* `{card}` — the associated soundcard
* `{mixer}` — the associated ALSA mixer


:format: (default: ``♪: {volume}``)
:mixer: ALSA mixer (default: ``Master``)
:mixer_id: ALSA mixer id (default: ``0``)
:card: ALSA sound card (default: ``0``)
:muted: (default: ``M``)
:unmuted: (default: ````)
:color_muted: (default: ``#AAAAAA``)
:color: (default: ``#FFFFFF``)
:channel: (default: ``0``)
:interval: (default: ``1``)


Screen backlight info

Available formatters:
* `{brightness}` — current brightness relative to max_brightness
* `{max_brightness}` — maximum brightness value
* `{percentage}` — current brightness in percent


:format: format string, formatters: brightness, max_brightness, percentage (default: ``{brightness}/{max_brightness}``)
:backlight: backlight, see `/sys/class/backlight/` (default: ``acpi_video0``)
:color: (default: ``#FFFFFF``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


This class uses the /sys/class/power_supply/…/uevent interface to check for the
battery status

Available formatters:

* `{remaining}` — remaining time for charging or discharging, uses TimeWrapper formatting, default format is `%E%h:%M`
* `{percentage}` — battery percentage relative to the last full value
* `{percentage_design}` — absolute battery charge percentage
* `{consumption (Watts)}` — current power flowing into/out of the battery
* `{status}`
* `{battery_ident}` — the same as the setting


:battery_ident: The name of your battery, usually BAT0 or BAT1 (default: ``BAT0``)
:format: (default: ``{status} {remaining}``)
:alert: Display a libnotify-notification on low battery (default: ``False``)
:alert_percentage: (default: ``10``)
:alert_format_title: The title of the notification, all formatters can be used (default: ``Low battery``)
:alert_format_body: The body text of the notification, all formatters can be used (default: ``Battery {battery_ident} has only {percentage:.2f}% ({remaining:%E%hh:%Mm}) remaining!``)
:path: Override the default-generated path (default: ``None``)
:status: A dictionary mapping ('DIS', 'CHR', 'FULL') to alternative names (default: ``{'FULL': 'FULL', 'CHR': 'CHR', 'DIS': 'DIS'}``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


This class shows a clock


:format: stftime format string, `None` means to use the default, locale-dependent format (default: ``None``)
:color: RGB hexadecimal code color specifier, default to #ffffff, set to `i3Bar` to use i3 bar default (default: ``#ffffff``)
:interval: (default: ``1``)


Shows CPU usage.
The first output will be inacurate
Linux only

Available formatters:

* {usage}


:format: format string (default: ``{usage:02}%``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Gets `{used}`, `{free}`, `{available}` and `{total}` amount of bytes on the given mounted filesystem.

These values can also be expressed in percentages with the `{percentage_used}`, `{percentage_free}`
and `{percentage_avail}` formats.


:format: (default: ``{free}/{avail}``)
:path: (required)
:divisor: divide all byte values by this value, commonly 1024**3 (gigabyte) (default: ``1073741824``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Rip information from text files

components is a dict of pairs of the form:


name => (callable, file)

* Where `name` is a valid identifier, which is used in the format string to access
the value of that component.
* `callable` is some callable to convert the contents of `file`. A common choice is
float or int.
* `file` names a file, relative to `base_path`.

transforms is a optional dict of callables taking a single argument (a dictionary containing the values
of all components). The return value is bound to the key.


:format: (required)
:components: (required)
:transforms: (default: ``{}``)
:base_path: (default: ``/``)
:color: (default: ``#FFFFFF``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Shows system load


:format: format string used for output. {avg1}, {avg5} and {avg15} are the load average of the last one, five and fifteen minutes, respectively. {tasks} is the number of tasks (i.e. 1/285, which indiciates that one out of 285 total tasks is runnable). (default: ``{avg1} {avg5}``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Generic mail checker

The `backends` setting determines the backends to use.


:backends: List of backends (instances of ``)
:color: (default: ``#ffffff``)
:color_unread: (default: ``#ff0000``)
:format: (default: ``{unread} new email``)
:format_plural: (default: ``{unread} new emails``)
:hide_if_null: Don't output anything if there are no new mails (default: ``True``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Checks for mail on a IMAP server


:host: (required)
:port: (default: ``993``)
:username: (required)
:password: (required)
:ssl: (default: ``True``)
:mailbox: (default: ``INBOX``)


Checks for local mail in Maildir


:directory: (required)


Checks for local mail in mbox



This class uses the notmuch python bindings to check for the
number of messages in the notmuch database with the tags "inbox"
and "unread"


:db_path: (required)


This class listens for dbus signals emitted by
the dbus-sender extension for thunderbird.

Requires python-dbus



Shows memory load

Available formatters:

* {avail_mem}
* {percent_used_mem}
* {used_mem}
* {total_mem}

Requires psutil (from PyPI)


:format: format string used for output. (default: ``{avail_mem} MiB``)
:divisor: divide all byte values by this value, default 1024**2(mebibytes (default: ``1048576``)
:warn_percentage: minimal percentage for warn state (default: ``50``)
:alert_percentage: minimal percentage for alert state (default: ``80``)
:color: standard color (default: ``#00FF00``)
:warn_color: defines the color used wann warn percentage ist exceeded (default: ``#FFFF00``)
:alert_color: defines the color used when alert percentage is exceeded (default: ``#FF0000``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


This class returns i3status parsable output of the number of
unread posts in any bookmark in the forums.


:format: Use {unread} as the formatter for number of unread posts (default: ``{unread} new posts in bookmarks``)
:offset: subtract number of posts before output (default: ``0``)
:color: (default: ``#7181fe``)
:username: (required)
:password: (required)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Displays various information from MPD (the music player daemon)

Available formatters (uses `formatp`_)

* `{title}` — (the title of the current song)
* `{album}` — (the album of the current song, can be an empty string (e.g. for online streams))
* `{artist}` — (can be empty, too)
* `{song_elapsed}` — (Position in the currently playing song, uses `TimeWrapper`_, default is `%m:%S`)
* `{song_length}` — (Length of the current song, same as song_elapsed)
* `{pos}` — (Position of current song in playlist, one-based)
* `{len}` — (Songs in playlist)
* `{status}` — (play, pause, stop mapped through the `status` dictionary)
* `{bitrate}` — (Current bitrate in kilobit/s)
* `{volume}` — (Volume set in MPD)

Left click on the module play/pauses, right click (un)mutes.


:host: (default: ``localhost``)
:port: MPD port (default: ``6600``)
:format: formatp string (default: ``{title} {status}``)
:status: Dictionary mapping pause, play and stop to output (default: ``{'play': '▶', 'stop': '◾', 'pause': '▷'}``)
:interval: (default: ``1``)


Display network information about a interface.

Requires the PyPI package `netifaces-py3`.

Available formatters:

* `{interface}` — same as setting
* `{name}` — same as setting
* `{v4}` — IPv4 address
* `{v4mask}` — subnet mask
* `{v4cidr}` — IPv4 address in cidr notation (i.e.
* `{v6}` — IPv6 address
* `{v6mask}` — subnet mask
* `{v6cidr}` — IPv6 address in cidr notation
* `{mac}` — MAC of interface

Not available addresses (i.e. no IPv6 connectivity) are replaced with empty strings.


:interface: Interface to obtain information for (default: ``eth0``)
:format_up: (default: ``{interface}: {v4}``)
:color_up: (default: ``#00FF00``)
:format_down: (default: ``{interface}``)
:color_down: (default: ``#FF0000``)
:detached_down: If the interface doesn't exist, display it as if it were down (default: ``False``)
:name: (default: ``eth0``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Used to track parcel/shipments.


:instance: Tracker instance, for example ``parcel.UPS('your_id_code')``
:format: (default: ``{name}:{progress}``)
:interval: (default: ``20``)


Shows volume of default PulseAudio sink (output).

Available formatters:

* `{volume}` — volume in percent (0...100)
* `{db}` — volume in decibels relative to 100 %, i.e. 100 % = 0 dB, 50 % = -18 dB, 0 % = -infinity dB
(the literal value for -infinity is `-∞`)
* `{muted}` — the value of one of the `muted` or `unmuted` settings


:format: (default: ``♪: {volume}``)
:muted: (default: ``M``)
:unmuted: (default: ````)


Shows pyLoad status

Available formatters:

* `{captcha}` (see captcha_true and captcha_false, which are the values filled in for this formatter)
* `{progress}` (average over all running downloads)
* `{progress_all}` (percentage of completed files/links in queue)
* `{speed}` (kilobytes/s)
* `{download}` (downloads enabled, also see download_true and download_false)
* `{total}` (number of downloads)
* `{free_space}` (free space in download directory in gigabytes)


:address: Address of pyLoad webinterface (default: ````)
:format: (default: ``{captcha} {progress_all:.1f}% {speed:.1f} kb/s``)
:captcha_true: (default: ``Captcha waiting``)
:captcha_false: (default: ````)
:download_true: (default: ``Downloads enabled``)
:download_false: (default: ``Downloads disabled``)
:username: (required)
:password: (required)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Simple regex file watcher

The groups of the regex are passed to the format string as positional arguments.


:format: format string used for output (default: ``{0}``)
:regex: (required)
:file: file to search for regex matches
:flags: flags (default: ``0``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Expands the given path using glob to a pidfile and checks
if the process ID found inside is valid
(that is, if the process is running).
You can use this to check if a specific application,
such as a VPN client or your DHCP client is running.

Available formatters are {pid} and {name}.


:format_up: (default: ``{name}``)
:format_down: (default: ``{name}``)
:color_up: (default: ``#00FF00``)
:color_down: (default: ``#FF0000``)
:path: (required)
:name: (required)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Shows CPU temperature of Intel processors

AMD is currently not supported as they can only report a relative temperature, which is pretty useless


:format: format string used for output. {temp} is the temperature in degrees celsius, {critical} and {high} are the trip point temps. (default: ``{temp} °C``)
:color: (default: ``#FFFFFF``)
:color_critical: (default: ``#FF0000``)
:high_factor: (default: ``0.7``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


Display static, colored text.


:text: (required)
:color: HTML color code #RRGGBB (default: ``None``)


This module gets the weather from using pywapi module
First, you need to get the code for the location from the
Available formatters:

* {current_temp}
* {humidity}

Requires pywapi from PyPI.


:location_code: (required)
:units: Celsius (metric) or Fahrenheit (imperial) (default: ``metric``)
:format: (default: ``{current_temp}``)
:interval: (default: ``20``)


Display network information about a interface.

Requires the PyPI packages `netifaces-py3` and `basiciw`.

This is based on the network module, so all options and formatters are
the same, except for these additional formatters and that detached_down doesn't work.

* `{essid}` — ESSID of currently connected wifi
* `{freq}` — Current frequency
* `{quality}` — Link quality in percent


:interface: Interface to obtain information for (default: ``wlan0``)
:format_up: (default: ``{interface}: {v4}``)
:color_up: (default: ``#00FF00``)
:format_down: (default: ``{interface}``)
:color_down: (default: ``#FF0000``)
:detached_down: If the interface doesn't exist, display it as if it were down (default: ``False``)
:name: (default: ``eth0``)
:interval: (default: ``5``)


To contribute a module, make sure it uses one of the Module classes. Most modules
use IntervalModule, which just calls a function repeatedly in a specified interval.

The output attribute should be set to a dictionary which represents your modules output,
the protocol is documented `here <http:"" docs="" i3bar-protocol.html="">`_.

To update this readme run ``python -m i3pystatus.mkdocs`` in the
repository root and you're done :)

**Patches and pull requests are very welcome :-)**  
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