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Razor-qt 0.4.1 running on Linux Mint 12
Razor-qt 0.4.1 running on Linux Mint 12
Developer(s) The Razor-qt Team, contributors
Initial release 2010[1][2]
Stable release
0.5.2 / 12 January 2013; 5 years ago (2013-01-12)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C++, Qt
Operating system Unix-like
Available in Multilingual
Type Desktop environment
License GPL v2
Website razor-qt.org

Razor-qt is a discontinued free and open source desktop environment. It was intended as a lightweight desktop environment based upon the Qt application framework, and was "tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface."[3]

Development of Razor-qt has ceased, as it has merged with LXDE's Qt port to form LXQt.[4]


Razor-qt was still in the early stages of development.[5] As of February 2012, the environment included a panel viewer and switcher, a desktop, an application launcher, a settings center and sessions. These components could be enabled or disabled by the user.[6]

Razor-qt could be used with any modern X window manager such as Openbox, fvwm2, or KWin.

The memory consumption of Razor-qt was slightly above LXDE, using 114 MiB in a reviewer's test while LXDE used 108 MiB.[7]

Merge with LXDE[edit]

After LXDE developer Hong Jen Yee ported PCManFM to Qt in early 2013,[8][9] he and other interested developers discussed a potential collaboration with Razor-qt, another open-source desktop environment with similar software design goals.[10] The first release of the new product, LXQt v0.7.0,[11] was made public on 2014-05-07.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "razor-qt / Code / Commit [r1]". Sourceforge.net. 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  2. ^ "razor-qt - Browse Files at". Sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  3. ^ "Five reasons to try the new Razor-qt Linux desktop". PCWorld. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  4. ^ Watson, J.A. "Want to bring that old netbook back to life? Hands-on with Manjaro LXQt and LXLE". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  5. ^ Reed, Michael (2012-01-30), "Razor-qt 0.4 – Qt based Desktop Environment", Linux Journal, retrieved 2012-02-13
  6. ^ Noyes, Katherine (2011-12-27), Razor-qt: A New Linux Desktop Alternative, PC World, retrieved 2012-02-13
  7. ^ Alin Andrei (2011-12-19), Razor-Qt: A New Lightweight Desktop Environment Based On Qt, Web Upd8, retrieved 2012-08-21
  8. ^ PCMan (2013-02-19). "PCManFM file manager is ported to Qt? | LXDE Blog". Blog.lxde.org. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  9. ^ PCMan (2013-03-26). "PCManFM Qt 0.1.0 released | LXDE Blog". Blog.lxde.org. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  10. ^ "Google Discussiegroepen". Groups.google.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  11. ^ "The First Alpha Release of LXDE-Qt (or LXQt) is in Preparation". Blog.lxde.org. 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  12. ^ "LXQt 0.7.0 released". Blog.lxde.org. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-07.

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