The status bar text of dwm is stored in the WM_NAME X11 property of the root window, which is managed by dwm. It can be easily retrieved using standard Unix tools.

Below is the script to do this:


xprop -root -notype -f WM_NAME "8u" \
    | sed -n -r 's/WM_NAME = \"(.*)\"/\1/p'

Link: dwmgetstatus.sh


If you have any questions regarding dwmgetstatus, contact Christoph Lohmann (20h@r-36.net).