Alacritty opacity not working


I changed the opacity line under window in the config to 0.0 for example, saved and exited, relaunched and it still has full opacity


# Configuration for Alacritty, the GPU enhanced terminal emulator.

# Any items in the `env` entry below will be added as
# environment variables. Some entries may override variables
# set by alacritty itself.
  # TERM variable
  # This value is used to set the `$TERM` environment variable for
  # each instance of Alacritty. If it is not present, alacritty will
  # check the local terminfo database and use `alacritty` if it is
  # available, otherwise `xterm-256color` is used.
  TERM: xterm-256color

  # Window dimensions (changes require restart)
  # Specified in number of columns/lines, not pixels.
  # If both are `0`, this setting is ignored.
    columns: 100
    lines: 30

  # Window position (changes require restart)
  # Specified in number of pixels.
  # If the position is not set, the window manager will handle the placement.
  #  x: 0
  #  y: 0

  # Window padding (changes require restart)
  # Blank space added around the window in pixels. This padding is scaled
  # by DPI and the specified value is always added at both opposing sides.
  #  x: 0
  #  y: 0

  # Spread additional padding evenly around the terminal content.
  dynamic_padding: true

  # Window decorations
  # Values for `decorations`:
  #     - full: Borders and title bar
  #     - none: Neither borders nor title bar
  # Values for `decorations` (macOS only):
  #     - transparent: Title bar, transparent background and title bar buttons
  #     - buttonless: Title bar, transparent background, but no title bar buttons
  decorations: full

  # Startup Mode (changes require restart)
  # Values for `startup_mode`:
  #   - Windowed
  #   - Maximized
  #   - Fullscreen
  # Values for `startup_mode` (macOS only):
  #   - SimpleFullscreen
  #startup_mode: Windowed

  # Window title
  title: [email protected]

  # Opacity
  opacity: 0.0
  # Window class (Linux/BSD only):
    # Application instance name
    instance: Alacritty
    # General application class
    general: Alacritty

  # GTK theme variant (Linux/BSD only)
  # Override the variant of the GTK theme. Commonly supported values are `dark` and `light`.
  # Set this to `None` to use the default theme variant.
  gtk_theme_variant: dark
inxi -Faz
System:    Kernel: 5.15.1-216-tkg-pds x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
           parameters: intel_pstate=passive BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-tkg-pds-generic_v3
           root=UUID=ef15347e-a4da-4628-afc3-2bff20cbb710 rw [email protected] quiet nvidia-drm.modeset=1 splash
           rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1
           resume=UUID=e7745511-30a0-4b3d-93c1-4bc3daa8b2b8 loglevel=3 sysrq_always_enabled=1 nowatchdog
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Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: X470 Taichi serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: P4.20
           date: 07/22/2020
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           charge: 100% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes status: Discharging
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Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1080] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia v: 495.44
           alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 0e:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1b80 class-ID: 0300
           Display: x11 server: X.Org compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: nvidia display-ID: :0 screens: 1
           Screen-1: 0 s-res: 6400x2160 s-dpi: 102 s-size: 1594x543mm (62.8x21.4") s-diag: 1684mm (66.3")
           Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 3840x2160 hz: 60 dpi: 52 size: 1872x1053mm (73.7x41.5") diag: 2148mm (84.6")
           Monitor-2: DP-0 res: 2560x1080 dpi: 81 size: 798x334mm (31.4x13.1") diag: 865mm (34.1")
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           bus-ID: 10:00.3 chip-ID: 1022:1457 class-ID: 0403
           Device-3: Sony Wireless Controller type: USB driver: playstation,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-1.3:6
           chip-ID: 054c:0ce6 class-ID: 0300
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           Sound Server-2: sndio v: N/A running: no
           Sound Server-3: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
           Sound Server-4: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
           Sound Server-5: PipeWire v: 0.3.40 running: yes
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           IF: wlp8s0 state: down mac: <filter>
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           Device-3: Sony Wireless Controller type: USB driver: playstation,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-1.3:6
           chip-ID: 054c:0ce6 class-ID: 0300
           IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: down mac: <filter>
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           SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
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Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 215.45 GiB size: 215.45 GiB (100.00%) used: 126.76 GiB (58.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
           maj-min: 259:7
           ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 260 MiB size: 256 MiB (98.46%) used: 563 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1
           maj-min: 259:6
           ID-3: /home raw-size: 215.45 GiB size: 215.45 GiB (100.00%) used: 126.76 GiB (58.8%) fs: btrfs
           dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:7
           ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 215.45 GiB size: 215.45 GiB (100.00%) used: 126.76 GiB (58.8%) fs: btrfs
           dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:7
           ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 215.45 GiB size: 215.45 GiB (100.00%) used: 126.76 GiB (58.8%) fs: btrfs
           dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:7
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Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.5 C mobo: 36.0 C gpu: nvidia temp: 49 C
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           Power: 12v: N/A 5v: N/A 3.3v: 3.28 vbat: 3.28
Info:      Processes: 451 Uptime: 1h 18m wakeups: 5 Memory: 15.61 GiB used: 10.13 GiB (64.9%) Init: systemd v: 249
           tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 13.0.0 Packages: pacman: 2161 lib: 564 flatpak: 0 Shell: fish
           v: 3.3.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.8 running-in: alacritty inxi: 3.3.08

Which file did you edit?

sorry should have mentioned that .config/alacritty/alacritty.yml

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There's nothing obviously wrong with the config file itself, so the only thing I can think of is that your compositor is disabled... :thinking:

my compositor is enabled as blur and other effects are working elsewhere something I also neglected to mention is this happened after doing a full config reset in garuda-assistant and this was working before then.

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Another user seems to have solved it with alacritty-git. There is still a pending problem on maximized window but the opacity seems ok.

Which version of alacritty do you have?
I have community/alacritty 0.9.0-1 which works fine but uses a different parameter:
background_opacity: 0.6 works fine for me.
chaotic-aur/alacritty-git 1: should, I think, work with opacity (as per your config file above)
The issue might occur because I see, at least in my system, that
which is used for the reset, includes the value window.opacity, which is the one used by alacritty-git 1:0.10 and not background_opacity, used by alacritty 0.9.0-1.
So, in my opinion, if you install alacritty-git you should be fine.
Alternatively you could keep the non git version by try starting from scratch (it is all commented) copying /usr/share/doc/alacritty/example/alacritty.yml (which should have background_opacity, to be checked) into your .config/alacritty/alacritty.yml


To make it simpler, and avoid moving to alacritty-git, it looks like you could just edit .config/alacritty/alacritty.yml, comment opacity: 0.0 and add background_opacity: 0.6 (or whatever value).
That should be the only important difference.


strangely it still wouldnt work on the non git alacritty with background_opacity: 0.6 but upgrading to the git package and using opacity: 0.6 did work (my guess is that there was something else in the config from /etc/skel/ that was causing issues?

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Could be.
I think that the starting, but blank (everything commented), configuration was the one in /usr/share/doc/alacritty/example/alacritty.yml (see the wiki). Now overwritten by the new one from the -git package.
So, theoretically, you should have checked each single parameter there with your configuration file.
Therefore, if it works with -git now, just forget about it :slight_smile:


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