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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.

Installing LXDE together with an operating system

There are two ways to do this:

1. Install a common Linux distribution and follow the instructions below.

1.1 Specific instructions are available for: Android, Arch Linux, CRUX, Debian, Fedora, Foresight, Frugalware, Gentoo, Mandriva, Pardus, (to be continued)

1.2 Check which general instructions you need to follow for specific distributions of Linux:

Ubuntu or Debian based distro's: BlankOn, CrunchBang, Baltix, Greenie, Deepin (Hiweed), PCLinuxOS (APT but with RPM),
Fedora or other RPM-based distro's: CentOS, PCLinuxOS (RPM, but with APT - follow Ubuntu/Debian installation),

2. 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, Knoppix, moonOS LXDE Edition, Sabayon, PCLinuxOS LXDE,

Installing LXDE onto an existing Linux system

  1. Open your package (program) 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. If prompted, choose lxsession lite. (lxsession is deprecated.)
  5. For netbook versions, search LXLauncher and also mark for installation.
  6. Confirm installation (the system will download and install LXDE)
  7. Restart your computer and confirm to choose LXDE as new desktop environment (logout may work also)
  8. For the netbook version, open a terminal window and type lxlauncher. This will start lxlauncher.

Congratulations, LXDE is installed!

Installing LXDE in Ubuntu (with Lubuntu)

Ubuntu currently has an integrated LXDE package maintained under the Lubuntu project name. You can install Lubuntu as a standalone OS, or just install the Lubuntu packages on a current Ubuntu system to add LXDE to your available desktop environments.

To install the Lubuntu packages on an existing Ubuntu 10.10 system, running the line below in a terminal will likely work:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get install lubuntu-core lubuntu-icon-theme lubuntu-restricted-extras

Other specific distributions

For more details, see the page for your distribution.

Installing LXDE from source

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

Running LXDE

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