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LXDE is a faster and less resource hungry
free and open source desktop environment.
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Developer The LXDE Team
First released 2006
Latest preview version
Release date and age 2009-01-26
Frequently updated yes
Programming language C, GTK+
Platform Linux, BSD
Language Multilingual (more than 35 different languages)
Status active
Genre Desktop environment
License GNU General Public License, LGPL

LXDE, Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, eht un bureu d'ordinator qu'eht franc lejèr é rapido. Lo dessin a ehtâ fât per ehtre amical é minço. LXDE use moyns de memòri viva é de capacitât do processór a ehtre un sistemo d'esplotacion richo.

Because of the low usage of resources it also saves energy. We don't tightly integrate every component of LXDE. Instead, we try to make all components independent, so each of them can be used independently with few dependencies. This makes porting LXDE to different distributions and Unix systems 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 website, the LXDE blogs, and in the LXDE forum.

LXDE Components

  • PCManFM, is a fast and lightweight file manager with features like Drag & Drop support, tabbed browsing (Similiar 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
  • LXLauncher, easy-mode application launcher
  • LXPanel, desktop panel, The panel can generate 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, session manager, The LXSession manager is used to automatically start a set of applications and set up a working desktop environment. Moreover, the session manager is able to remembers the applications in use when a user logs out and to restart them the next time the user logs in.
  • LXSession Edit, window manager used in LXDE can be changed, ability to turn on disabled applications
  • LXAppearance, theme switcher. You can change the theme, icons, and fonts used by applications easily.
  • Leafpad, text editor
  • Xarchiver, archiving
  • GPicView, image viewer, GPicView features lightening fast startup and intuitive interface.
  • LXTerminal, terminal emulator
  • LXTask, task manager / system monitor
  • LXNM, lightweight network connection helper daemon for LXDE supporting wireless connections (Linux-only)
  • Openbox, window manager and obconf
  • LXRandr, screen manager, manages screen resolution and external monitors
  • LXShortCut, an easy way to edit application shortcuts
  • LXMusic, minimalist xmms2-based music player
  • 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.
  • GtkNetCat, Graphic User Interface for netcat. Netcat provides system functions as a computer networking utility for reading from and writing to network connections on either TCP or UDP.
  • Menu-Cache now moved to libexec
  • LXInput, config tool to configure your keyboard and mouse under LXDE
  • lxde-settings-daemon, configure theme, keyboard and mouse for you. (works with lxinput config tool)
  • LXDM, lightweight display manager

How to install LXDE with different Linux distributions

Installation Guides
LXDE on Linux

AFU-Knoppix | Android | ArchLinux | Baltix | CentOS | CrunchBang | CRUX | Debian | Fedora | Foresight | Frugalware | Gentoo | Greenie | Hiweed | Knoppix | Mandriva | moonOS | Myah OS | OpenWrt | Pardus | Parted Magic | PUD | PCLinuxOS | Sabayon | Sidux | Slackware | SuSE | Slitaz | TinyMe | Ubuntu | VectorLinux | Xandros | XO | Zenwalk | (more)


FreeBSD | NetBSD | OpenBSD

LXDE on other Unix Systems

AIX | HP-UX | IRIX | OpenSolaris

Please also check for a USB Linux Version and a Live-CD of LXDE.

How to customize LXDE

more in the category How tos

LXDE Design Principles / Guidelines

  • If only several simple APIs of another big library are needed, try to extract them and add them to your program instead of depending on the whole library whenever possible. (Beware of license)
  • Only use libraries from other desktops when they are small or efficient enough and have few dependencies.
  • Only create a daemon if there is a really good reason.
  • Basic configuration options of applications should be editable via GUI whenever possible.
  • Keep the user interface simple and intuitive. Never design some geek-style GUI.
  • Consider the conventions of both GNOME and Windows, and try to follow the habit of most users. Do not deliberately make the GUI quite different only because you want to be different from Windows. Usability is always the top one concern. Windows might not be good in some areas, but like it or not, most computer users in the world get used to it. Trying to fight your users is apparently unwise.
  • Try to shorten the startup time since this greatly affect user experience.
  • Try to keep maximal compatibility with lower gtk+ versions (gtk+ 2.6 is preferred). Try to make features requiring higher gtk+ versions optional with proper conditional compilation and compatibility macros.Gtk+ version can be check in C program like this:
#if GTK_CHECK_VERSION( 2, 10, 0 )
    /* write some gtk+ 2.10+ specific stuff here */

More on LXDE Design Principles

How to join the LXDE team

LXDE Design Project

Join us at the LXDE Design Project and have thousands of people using your LXDE desktop design or wearing your LXDE Fashion design. More info..

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..

Please Join
  1. Subscribe to our developers mailing list or other contributors mailing lists.
  2. Join our irc channel on irc:// for online discussion.
  3. Help debugging/testing
  4. Writing and translating the wiki and docs
  5. Packaging for various distros, and make LXDE included in official repositories
  6. Write some programs for LXDE


Please check out the LXDE source code from our subversion repository at sourceforge

 svn co lxde

How to write plugins for LXDE

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Upload your freely licensed media - photos, screenshots, audio, videos, interactive content to the commons project and tag it LXDE
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Write a free LXDE textbook or manual
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Publish a free course and other learning materials about LXDE
Set up a blog with the free and open source blog cms Wordpress and start writing about your experience with LXDE
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Write entries about LXDE or help improve pages about LXDE and its components on the biggest encyclopedia of the world
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Publish your content about LXDE using a free license of the Creative Commons Project
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Write a song about LXDE and publish it under the free art license at Jamendo

LXDE Wiki in other languages

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