LXDE(Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) is a lightweight, extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment base on GTK, and uses Openbox as it Window Manager.

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The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) is a lightweight, extremely fast and energy efficient desktop environment based on GTK. It uses Openbox as its window manager.

Use of the tag

Use this tag when asking about the LXDE desktop environment, how to run applications in LXDE, general configuration and behavior changes etc.

As a general rule, if your question is a about a specific LXDE tool, you should also tag with the tool's name.

Key Features

  • Lightweight
    Because LXDE is lightweight It needs less CPU and performs extremely well with limited memory. As a result it runs well on older computers, and it does not require 3D acceleration. It also uses less energy than other desktop environments.

  • Simply Beautiful
    It includes an internationalized and polished user interface with a traditional layout.

  • Easy to use
    It provides a traditional simple user interface similar to Windows XP.

  • Customizable
    It is easy to customize the look and feel of LXDE.

  • Standard compliant
    It follows standards as specified by freedesktop.org.

System Requirements


  • Processor - 450MHz
  • Memory - 128 MB
  • Hard drive capacity - 4.1 GB
  • Video Card - VGA @ 640×480


  • Processor - 1 GHz
  • Memory - 512 MB
  • Hard drive capaciy - 10 GB
  • Video Card - VGA @ 1024×768

How to Install

Click this link to install LXDEInstall LXDE Desktop Environment, find it in the Ubuntu Software Center, or type sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop in a terminal. There are more instructions here

Ubuntu has an LXDE flavor called Lubuntu it is recommended to install it from the official image (.iso) that can be downloaded from this page.


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