How to Install Latest LXQt 0.13 Desktop in Ubuntu and Fedora

LXQt developed from popular components of LXDE and Razor Qt project, LXQt is a free, open source, lightweight and fast desktop environment for Linux and BSD distributions. It comes with a number of great...

LXQt developed from popular components of LXDE and Razor Qt project, LXQt is a free, open source, lightweight and fast desktop environment for Linux and BSD distributions. It comes with a number of great and well known features, which borrowed from LXDE desktop such as low system resource utilization, elegant and clean user interfaces.

Additionally, one of its distinguished properties is the high level of customization to meet desktop usability needs. It has been the default desktop environment on Knoppiz, Lubuntu and a few other less known Linux distributions.

Note: LXQt was initially supposed to become the successor of LXDE, however, as of 09/2016, both desktop environments will keep coexisting for the mean time and importantly, more development activity is being directed towards LXQt than LXDE.

LXQt Desktop Features

Below are a few of its significant components and additional features:

  1. pcmanfm-qt file manager, a Qt port for PCManFM and libfm
  2. lxterminal, a terminal emulator
  3. lxsession session manager
  4. lxqt-runner, a quick application launcher
  5. Ships in with an integrated energy-saving component
  6. Supports several international languages
  7. Supports several keyboard shortcuts together with many other minor features


The latest version of this relatively new desktop environment is LXQt 0.13, which has come with a number of improvements as listed below:

  • Packages built against Qt 5.11.
  • Enhanced libfm-qt file manager.
  • qps and screengrab now under the LXQt umbrella.
  • Menu related memory leak fixes.
  • Improved LXQtCompilerSettings.
  • New lxqt-themes component.
  • Improved ending session for shutdown/reboot and lots more.

How to Install LXQt Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Although the latest LXQt version is not available from the default Ubuntu repos, but there is a easiest way to try the LXQt desktop version 0.12 in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS using the following command.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install lxqt openbox

After the installation is complete, you can logout of your current session or restart the system. Then choose LXQt desktop at the login interface as shown in the image below:

Select LXQt Desktop at Ubuntu Login

Select LXQt Desktop at Ubuntu Login

Running LXQt Desktop in Ubuntu 18.04LXQt Desktop in Ubuntu 16.04

Running LXQt Desktop in Ubuntu 18.04

Install LXQt Desktop in Fedora 28

Since Fedora 22 onwards, LXQt packages are included in default Fedora repositories and can be installed using yum or dnf as shown.

# dnf install @lxqt

After installing, logout from the current session and login back with LXQt session as shown.

Select LXQt at Fedora Login

Select LXQt at Fedora Login

From the following screenshot, the official Fedora repositories still have LXQT 0.11.0.

Running LXQt Desktop in Fedora 24

Running LXQt Desktop in Fedora 26

How to Remove LXQt Desktop on Ubuntu and Fedora

If you don’t want LXQt desktop on your system anymore, use the command below to remove it:

-------------------- On Ubuntu -------------------- $ sudo apt purge lxqt openbox
$ sudo apt autoremove
-------------------- On Fedora -------------------- # dnf remove @lxqt

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