What is Compiz?

Compiz is a compositing window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. It provides various new graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including GNOME and KDE.

Compiz has a flexible plug-in system and it is designed to run well on most graphics hardware.

The implementation of Compiz is based on using the new GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap extension of Xgl, AIGLX or NVIDIA for binding redirected top-level windows to texture objects.

Compiz Fusion

Compiz Fusion is a separate project which builds upon Compiz. Its homepage is See Compiz Fusion Vs Compiz on the Compiz Fusion wiki.

Mailing Lists

The Compiz mailing list is hosted on The This list should only be used for discussing Compiz itself. For discussing Compiz Fusion, the Compiz Fusion project has has several subject-based mailing lists:


Stable release

The current stable release is version 0.6.2.

Git tag: compiz-0.6.2 (111d5994a8b5a0a3b4b8bf12b566dcd2a7c51d30)

SHA1 Checksum: ab5ecad856049a12a803fe6c94c3e55cdfcb5f68 compiz-0.6.2.tar.gz

Full Release Announcement

Development Release

The current development release is version 0.7.8.

Git tag: compiz-0.7.8 (6069eec2533f9cf814c932d9e651e35fe8f3d953)

SHA1 Checksum: 985bb33837b760ad656e3ce541f4ac5c47507c0c compiz-0.7.8.tar.gz

Full Release Announcement Tarball Fix Announcement

Source Code Access

$ git clone git://

For more instructions on using Git with projects, see UsingGit. Gitweb allows browsing the changes on the web.

Reporting Bugs

Use bugzilla to report bugs or suggest enhancements. The product is xorg and component is App/compiz.

Developer Documentation