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LXDE Screenshot
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 Cross-platform (Linux, BSD)
Language Multilingual (more than 35 different languages)
Status active
Genre Desktop environment
License GNU General Public License, LGPL

Installing LXDE from scratch or from another operating system

There are two ways to do this.

  1. Install a common Linux distribution and follow the instructions below.
  2. Download a distribution that offers LXDE as a standard desktop environment and follow the installer. The LXDE website offers a download of Linux with LXDE at Alternatively you can choose Fedora and Debian Lenny (2009) offering LXDE as a standard desktop during installation.

Installing LXDE from a package manager with 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 downloads and installs LXDE)
  7. Restart your computer and confirm to choose LXDE as new desktop environment
  8. For the netbook version open the terminal and type lxlauncher. This will start lxlauncher.

Congratulations LXDE is installed!

For more details, see the page for your distribution. Information how to customize LXDE in the category LXDE Customization.

Installing LXDE from source code

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

Running LXDE

This works on Mandriva (GNOME) and Ubuntu (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.

See Also


Guias de instalação
LXDE no 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 | (mais)


FreeBSD | NetBSD | OpenBSD

LXDE em outros sistemas Unix

AIX | HP-UX | IRIX | OpenSolaris