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Developer The LXDE Team
First released 2006
Latest version 0.99.2
Release date and age November 21, 2016
Programming language C, GTK+
Platform Linux, BSD
Language Multilingual (more than 35 different languages)
Genre Desktop environment
License GNU General Public License, LGPL
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Welcome on the installation page of LXDE. Here you can find instructions to install LXDE on your PC. You can choose to install LXDE onto an existing system or you could download and install an operating system with LXDE already installed.

Download an LXDE-powered operating system

Download a distribution that offers LXDE as a standard desktop environment and follow their installer. The LXDE website also offers a download of Linux with LXDE at

Distributions offering LXDE by default: Lubuntu, Parted Magic (not for daily use), Knoppix, moonOS LXDE Edition, Sabayon, PCLinuxOS LXDE,

Install LXDE onto an existing Linux system

Specific instructions

Specific instructions are available for: Android, ArchBang, Arch Linux, CRUX, Fedora, FreeBSD, Frugalware, Gentoo, Mandriva, Pardus, Zenwalk

Instructions for Ubuntu/Debian (APT)

This method is likely to work on aptosid, Baltix, BlankOn, CrunchBang, Deepin, Greenie, PCLinuxOS, eXPress-linux, Kubuntu and Xubuntu.

Open a terminal as root and type:

# sudo apt-get install lxde

If you want to use the Lubuntu-packages (for Ubuntu-based systems), type:

# sudo apt-get install lubuntu-core lubuntu-icon-theme lubuntu-restricted-extras

Instructions for Fedora (RPM)

This method is likely to work on CentOS, Fedora, Mandriva and Mageia.

On Fedora or CentOS, open a terminal as root and type:

# yum install lxde

On Mandriva, type

# urpmi lxde-task

On Mageia, type

# urpmi task-lxde

Instructions for Foresight (conary)

Open a terminal as root and type:

# conary install group-lxde-dist

General instructions

  1. Open your package manager, for example Synaptic
  2. Search for LXDE or install/uninstall programs,
  3. Choose the LXDE meta package or install (It might have a name like "task-lxde")
  4. Ensure you selected lxsession (lite). For netbooks, search for LXLauncher and also mark it for installation.
  5. Confirm installation (the system will download and install LXDE)
  6. Restart your computer and confirm to choose LXDE as new desktop environment (logout may work too)
  7. For netbooks, open a terminal window and type lxlauncher. This will start lxlauncher.

Congratulations, LXDE is installed!

Installing LXDE from source

Please refer to the developers section at Also see Discussion Page.

Running LXDE

Outdated icon.svg This section is outdated and is only kept for historical reference.

This works on Mandriva (GNOME) and Ubuntu-based distros offering GNOME - most other systems are probably similar.

From the menu, select:

System -> Administration -> Login window

This will give you a dialogue box:

  • You may want to uncheck "Default session" so it gives you a choice at login (not sure if this works). When trying a new desktop environment this makes sense, so if there are major problems, it's easy to use a different one next time. Once you have settled on a new choice, you may wish to set this as default.
  • Under "Security" if you uncheck "Automatic login" it will give you a dialog box to enter your password at startup. (This gives you time to make your choice.) Then, at startup, look for the session options. This might be a symbol like a paper and pen, displayed under the password box and next to the shutdown symbol. Choose LXDE, and start up. This should be all you need.

Customizing LXDE

Information about customizing LXDE is available on pages in the Configuration category.

External link

LXDE on Linux
Android | Arch Linux | CRUX | Debian | Fedora | Frugalware | Gentoo | Mandriva | OpenWrt | Pardus | | PCLinuxOS | | Sidux | Slackware | SuSE | Ubuntu | VectorLinux | XO | Zenwalk | (more)
LXDE on BSD and Unix
FreeBSD | OpenSolaris | PC-BSD