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 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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6 Responses

  1. Tonsic says:

    Except in Fedora 28, lxqt freezes when logging in. Maybe it is the noveau drivers, maybe it is the 4k resolution, maybe Fedora is garbage as I am being able to see today. And I thought it would be perhaps an evolution from CentOS.

    • Jesse says:

      Fedora has been great for the past 4 years to me.

      I’ve used Gnome most of the time though. Only recently started looking at other desktops environments. In the past, I have run LXDE, XFCE. Recently tried KDE again, and WOW!!! It is beautiful. A modern take on an ‘Classic‘ layout. The desktop does everything!

      Anyways, Fedora has been very good to me. I jumped after Ubuntu 14.04.

      I am trying lxqt right now.. installing is running.

      We will see..

  2. raniri says:

    Really nice article and clear instructions to install LXQT desktop on Linux Desktops.

  3. Rook says:

    If you purged lxqt wouldn’t you wipe some lxde libraries if you were running lubuntu?

  4. Y.I says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for your great post!

    BTW, on my machine, I needed to install “openbox” manually,
    because when I logged in LXQT at first time, no display manager could be found.
    Is it required to install “openbox” too?

    Thanks

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Y.I,

      Yes, Openbox is the default display manager for LXQt desktop environment, but you can use a different display manager to use with LXQt..

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