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Original author(s)Carsten Haitzler
Developer(s)Enlightenment development team
Initial release1997; 26 years ago (1997)
Stable release
0.25.4[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 15 September 2022
Written inC (EFL)
Operating systemUnix-like

Enlightenment, also known simply as E, is a compositing window manager for the X Window System. Since version 20, Enlightenment is also a Wayland compositor.[3]

Enlightenment includes functions to provide a graphical shell and can be used in conjunction with programs written for GNOME or KDE. When used together with the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), Enlightenment can refer to an entire desktop environment.[4]


The first version of Enlightenment was released by Carsten Haitzler in 1997.[5]

Bodhi Linux was built around the Enlightenment 17 desktop, but forked it to create the Moksha desktop. Elive Linux also used a fork of E17 as its main desktop environment until 2019, when the 3.7 series was released.

The current[when?] version is E25.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Enlightenment 0.25.4 Release". 15 September 2022. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  2. ^ "COPYING - core/enlightenment.git". Archived from the original on 28 March 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Enlightenment DR 0.20.0 Release". Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Portal:Enlightenment". 2012-12-21. Archived from the original on 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  5. ^ "Enlightenment DR16". Enlightenment.
  6. ^ "News". Retrieved 27 December 2021.