|Developer||The LXDE Team|
|Release date and age||November 21, 2016|
|Programming language||C, GTK+|
|Language||Multilingual (more than 35 different languages)|
|License||GNU General Public License, LGPL|
LXDE, which stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, is a desktop environment which is lightweight and fast. It is designed to be user friendly and slim, while keeping the resource usage low. LXDE uses less RAM and less CPU while being a feature rich desktop environment. Unlike other tightly integrated desktops LXDE strives to be modular, so each component can be used independently with few dependencies. This makes porting LXDE to different distributions and platforms easier.
A good starting point is the General Information page, where you find information on system requirements and compatibility. You also find an overview of distributions including LXDE with installation instructions, plus more general installation instructions, information on LXDE components and our future plans on the wiki. More about LXDE on the lxde.org website and in the LXDE forum.
- Core desktop components
- PCManFM, a fast and lightweight file manager with features like Drag & Drop support, tabbed browsing (Similar to Firefox), Built-in file searching utility, fast load of large directories, File association support (Default application), Thumbnail for image files, bookmarks support, correct handling of non-UTF-8 encoded filenames and more. It's based on libfm.
- libfm, A glib/gio-based library providing some file management utilities and related-widgets missing in gtk+/glib. This is the core of PCManFM. The library is desktop independent (not LXDE specific) and has clean API. It can be used to develop other applications requiring file management functionality. For example, you can create your own file manager with facilities provided by libfm.
- LXLauncher, an easy-mode application launcher for small screens
- LXPanel, desktop panel. The panel can generate a menu for installed applications automatically from *.desktop files. It can be configured from GUI preference dialog, and there is no need to edit config files. The component provides a "Run" dialog with autocompletion.
- LXSession, a session manager, is used to automatically start a set of applications and set up a working desktop environment. Moreover, the session manager is able to remember the applications in use when a user logs out and to restart them the next time the user logs in.
- LXSession Edit, an edit manager for session management. The window manager in use in LXDE can be changed, the tool offers the ability to turn on disabled applications.
- Openbox, a window manager and obconf
- libmenu-cache a library used to loading freedesktop.org spec complaint desktop menu. It creates some on-disk caches to speed up loading.
- LXMenu Data, a collection of files, intended to adapt LXDE menus to the freedesktop.org menu specification. The data can be used in conjunction with libmenu-cache.
- System Tools
- Configuration Tools
- LXAppearance, a theme switcher. You can change the theme, icons, and fonts used by applications easily.
- LXHotkey, see https://blog.lxde.org/2016/11/22/new-utility-released-meet-lxhotkey/
- LXRandr, a screen manager. Manages screen resolution and external monitors.
- LXShortCut, an easy way to edit application shortcuts
- LXInput, a config tool to configure your keyboard and mouse under LXDE
- LXDE Common, the default settings configuration file for integrating the different components of LXDE. LXDE Common manages the system behavior and functions to integrate icons and artwork.
See also status of LXDE Components
How to install LXDE
Please use the installation page as your starting point. That page provides general information on how to install LXDE. More detailed information for special distributions can be found in the specific articles of those operating systems.
|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|
How to customize LXDE
- Change keyboard layouts
- Automatically start some applications
- How to make an entry of a program on the desktop
- How to start applications on specific desktops
- How to add entries to the menu
- How to set hotkeys
more in the category How tos
|LXDE Design Project|
|LXDE Translation Project|
It is our aim to give access to information to people with less powerful hardware. Many people did not have the opportunity to learn English or another second language. Let us make LXDE available in their language, so everyone can profit from the speed and easy to use features of LXDE! With the LXDE Translations Project we also aim to offer documentation and resources around LXDE in as many local languages as possible. More info..
|LXDE Packaging Project|
It is our goal to provide packages in as many Linux and other Unix distributions as possible. Please help in the LXDE Packaging Project by providing information and how tos for making packages and getting LXDE packages into different distributions. More info..
- Subscribe to our developers mailing list (For translation mailing list, please go to the 18n mailing list on sf.net instead.)
- Join our irc channel on irc://irc.oftc.net/lxde for online discussion.
- Help debugging/testing
- Writing and translating the wiki and docs
- Packaging for various distros, and make LXDE included in official repositories
- Write some programs for LXDE
Please check out the LXDE source code from our git repository at sourceforge.
git clone --verbose git://lxde.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/lxde/PROJECT
Each project needs to be checked out alone by replacing PROJECT with one of the project names found on
Also have a look at following developer-oriented articles:
- How to write plugins for LXPanel
- PCMan's Complete LXDE Setup Guide
- LXDE's Design Principles for software
- Migrate from GTK+ to Qt
- GUI Toolkit Comparison
- LibFM version guidelines
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