LXDE is a new project aimed to provide a new desktop environment which is lightweight and fast.  It's not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim enough, and keep the resource usage low.  Different from other desktop environments, we don't tightly integrate every component.  Instead, we tried to make all components independent, and each of them can be used independently with few dependencies.


  • Lightweight, runs with reasonable memory usage
  • Fast, rund well even on older machines produced in 1999
  • Good-looking, gtk+ 2 internationalized user interface
  • Easy-to-use, the user interface is simple, but usable enough
  • Desktop independent (suprise! Every component can be used without LXDE)
  • Standard compliant, follows the specs on
  • Suitable for old machines


  • PCManFM: File manager, provides desktop icon
  • LXPanel: Feature-rich desktop panel
  • LXSession: Standard-compliant X11 session manager with shutdown/reboot/suspend supports via HAL and gdm
  • LXAppearance: LXAppearance is a new feature-rich GTK+ theme switcher able to change GTK+ themes, icon themes, and fonts used by applications
  • Openbox: Lightweight, standard-compliant, and highly-configurable window manager (This is not developed by us, but we use it as our default window manager). This can be replaced by any other window manager like icewm, fluxbox, metacity, ...etc.
  • GPicView: A very simple, fast, and lightweight image viewer featuring immediate startup.
  • Leafpad: Lightweight and simple text editor(This is not developed by us, but we suggest using this as default text editor).
  • XArchiver: Lightweight, fast, and desktop-independent gtk+-based file archiver (This is not developed by us, but we suggest using this as default archiver).
  • LXNM (still under development): Lightweight network manager for LXDE supporting wireless connections (Linux-only)

System Requirements

LXDE has been tested under following hardware configurations, and runs well.
CPU RAM Hard Disk Speed
Pentium II 266 MHz 192 MB 5400 rpm moderate - fast
VIA 400 MHz 256 MB 5400 rpm moderate - fast
Pentium III 600 MHz 512 MB 4500 rpm fast
QEMU emulation on AMD Athlon 1.6 (1.4 GHz) 128 MB QEMU disk image fast
AMD Athlon 1.6 (1.4 GHz) 512 MB 7200 rpm very fast

Recommended configuration
  • The hardware requirements of LXDE is similiar to Windows 98 (Maybe a little bit higher). So an old Pentium II CPU is enough.
  • After X11 and LXDE are started, the total memory usage is about 45 MB on i386 machines. (This value may be higher or lower according to different system configurations.)
  • Though LXDE itself doesn't require better hardware, other applications under X do need it. For example, Firefox and 2 are quite memory-hungry. So it's recommended that you have RAM more than 128 MB.

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