How to install Qtile Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

What is Qtile?

Qtile is a full-featured, hackable tiling window manager written in Python. Qtile is simple, small, and extensible. It’s easy to write your own layouts, widgets, and built-in commands. It is written and configured entirely in Python, which means you can leverage the full power and flexibility of the language to make it fit your needs.

Here we will learn the method to Qtile on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS focal fossa Linux…

Things we need…

  • A non-root user with sudo access
  • Python
  • Debian/Ubuntu 20.04 or 18.10 LTS Linux


Open command terminal

Go to Applications and search for Command terminal. Open it and run the system update command. Shortcut to open Terminal on Ubuntu is CTRL+ALT+T.

sudo apt update

Install Python 3

As we know Qtile is developed using Python, thus we need it on our system to install and work with Qtile.

sudo apt install python3

The above command will install both python and pip package manager on your system

Configure dependencies


pip install xcffib


pip install --no-cache-dir cairocffi

Python-gobject and python-dbus

Qtile will depend on python-dbus to interact with dbus, thus will install python-gobject and python-dbus.

sudo apt install python-gobject 

sudo apt install python-dbus

Install Qtile

Finally, use the pip to install Qtile on your Ubuntu 20.4

pip install qtile

To know more about its configuration see the official documentation.


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