|Original author(s)||Hong Jen Yee (“PCMan”)|
|Developer(s)||The LXQt team|
1.2.0 / 5 November 2022
|Written in||C++, C, QML|
LXQt is a free and open source lightweight desktop environment. It was formed from the merger of the LXDE and Razor-qt projects.
Like its GTK predecessor LXDE, LXQt does not ship or develop its own window manager, instead LXQt lets the user decide which (supported) window manager they want to use. Linux distributions commonly default LXQt to Openbox or xfwm4 or kwin.
Dissatisfied with GTK 3, LXDE maintainer Hong Jen Yee experimented with Qt in early 2013 and released the first version of a Qt-based PCMan File Manager on 26 March 2013. He clarified, though, that this means no departure from GTK in LXDE, saying "The GTK and Qt versions will coexist". He later ported LXDE's Xrandr front-end to Qt.
On 3 July 2013 Hong Jen Yee announced a Qt port of the full LXDE suite, and on 21 July 2013, Razor-qt and LXDE announced that they had decided to merge the two projects. This merge meant that the GTK and the Qt versions coexisted in the short term, but eventually development of the GTK version was dropped and all efforts were focused on the Qt port. The merger of LXDE-Qt and Razor-qt was renamed LXQt, and the first release, version 0.7.0, was made available on 7 May 2014.
With the 0.13 release on 21 May 2018 the LXQt project formally split from LXDE with the move to a separate GitHub organization.
LXQt consists of many modular components, some of them depending on Qt and KDE Frameworks 5.
|Name||Dependencies (besides Qt)||Comments|
|qterminal||Use the command line, composed for and now part of LXQt|
|sddm||Simple Desktop Display Manager composed for LXQt and in QML|
|lxmenu-data||Files required for freedesktop.org desktop menus|
|lxqt-admin||System administration tool|
|lxqt-common||Common files (graphics files, themes, desktop entry files ...)|
|lxqt-config||KScreen (RandR)||System settings center|
|lxqt-globalkeys||Daemon and library for global keyboard shortcuts registration|
|lxqt-openssh-askpass||openssh password prompt|
|lxqt-panel||Solid||Desktop panel (taskbar)|
|lxqt-policykit||Polkit authentication agent|
|lxqt-powermanagement||Solid||Power management daemon|
|lxqt-qtplugin||Qt platform integration plugin (all Qt-based programs can adopt settings of LXQt)|
|lxqt-sudo||GUI frontend for sudo/su|
|obconf-qt||Openbox configuration tool written in Qt|
|pavucontrol-qt||PulseAudio||Volume manager for PulseAudio|
|compton-conf||GUI configuration tool for Compton X composite manager (metacity ⇒ xcompmgr ⇒ dcompmgr ⇒ Compton)|
|pcmanfm-qt||File manager, Qt port of PCManFM|
|qt-gtk-engine||Theming GTK 3 programs with Qt styles|
|Arch Linux||Offered as a desktop in archinstall.
EndeavourOS offers LXQt in their installer.
|Artix Linux||A LXQt ISO is available.|
|Debian||Also other Debian-based Linux distributions.|
|Fedora Linux||Available as a Fedora Spin.|
|Lubuntu||Official Ubuntu flavor.|
|openSUSE||GeckoLinux offers a LXQt ISO.|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.7||7 May 2014|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.8||13 Nov 2014||bringing full Qt 5 compatibility|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.9||8 Feb 2015||Featuring heavy internal cleanups and refactorings. Compatibility with Qt 4 was dropped, requiring Qt 5 & KDE Frameworks 5. Qt 5.3 is now the minimum required version.|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.10||2 Nov 2015|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.11||24 Sep 2016||To address concerns that Qt-based apps have heavy memory usage, this release was compared against Xfce, revealing that, after a cold boot, LXQt's memory usage was of 112 MB, just a bit less than Xfce.|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.12||21 May 2017||minimum Qt version 5.6.1|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.13 ||21 May 2018||All packages are ready for Qt 5.11|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.14||25 Jan 2019|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.15||24 Apr 2020|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.16||4 Nov 2020||Three new themes; Clearlooks, Leech and Kvantum.|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.17||15 Apr 2021|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 1.0.0||5 Nov 2021|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 1.1.0||15 Apr 2022|
|Current stable version: 1.2.0||5 Nov 2022|
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