Chapter 1. Cygwin/X Overview

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Windowing mode

Cygwin/X is a port of the X Window System to Cygwin. The Cygwin library provides a UNIX-like API on the Win32 platform.


  1. Use Cygwin's setup program to install the xinit package. (See the instructions in the Section called Installing Cygwin/X in Chapter 2 for more details).

  2. Start the X server using the "XWin Server" shortcut under "Cygwin-X" on the Start Menu. (See the Section called Starting in multiwindow mode (startxwin) in Chapter 3 for more details).

  3. Start X clients using the "X applications menu" icon in the notification area, or from the command line. (See the Section called Displaying local clients in Chapter 3 for more details).

See the rest of this User's Guide for other topics such as desktop environments, remote clients, XDMCP, etc.