Archlabs i3wm font sizes

Hi everybody,

I installed AL with i3 as wm. I am on a high dpi display, so first of all I changed the dpi in the .Xresources file. So the i3 bar, rofi etc are decently scaled. But other apps such as firefox or lightdm settings are too small. Also, I use urxvt as default terminal (which I also control via .Xresources) which shows too small scaling after rebooting. Only when I run manually ‘xrdb ~/.Xresources’ and then pull up a new terminal, terminal font sizes are set correct…

Has anybody some insights?


I’m on a 4k screen myself. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about LightDM or any Login Manager for that matter.

As far as Firefox is concerned.

In a new tab open about:config
Search for layout.css.devPixelsPerPx and change it to the scale you want. I use 1.25

Put this in your .xinitrc, if you have something similar we may have to dig a bit further.

if [ -f $sysresources ]; then

    xrdb -merge $sysresources

if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
    xmodmap $sysmodmap

if [ -f "$userresources" ]; then

    xrdb -merge "$userresources"

if [ -f "$usermodmap" ]; then
    xmodmap "$usermodmap"
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I already did that (mine is even 1.4). What I meant, more specifically is that the font of the url and the tab description remains small.

I just tried it, it persists. I boot up, pull up a terminal and the font is small again.

Change the terminal font size to a larger size.

Maybe you might have to delete your FF profile and try again? Don’t forget to back up though.

This will only work if you’re using xinit as a login manager. It would also rely on all the variables used being defined $sysresources, $userresources etc. (they’re certainly not in the posted snippet!)

Try using the actual path to your file and put it in ~/.xprofile instead, it’s loaded by login managers like lightdm.

xrdb ~/.Xresources