UKUI: A lightweight Linux Desktop Environment made with GTK and Qt

UKUI: A lightweight Linux Desktop Environment made with GTK and Qt

UKUI: A lightweight Linux Desktop Environment made with GTK and Qt

UKUI is described by its developers as a light and fast Desktop Environment built on a "Pluggable framework" to Linux and other distributions of type Unix.

Furthermore, it is offered as a Desktop Environment able to provide a simpler and more enjoyable experience for browse, search and manage a computer using GTK and Qt technology.

UKUI (Ubuntu Kylin User Interface): Introduction

Before we dive into this next one Called Desktop Environment UKUI (Ubuntu Kylin User Interface) It is good to remember that, on other occasions, we have commented on other Desktop Environments, used and interesting, such as:

UKUI (Ubuntu Kylin User Interface): Content

UKUI (Ubuntu Kylin User Interface)

In this post we will focus especially on What is and how is UKUI? to facilitate the knowledge of it to all passionate Linuxers.

What is UKUI?

UKUI (Ubuntu Kylin User Interface) is a Desktop Environment initially developed to work on ubuntu kylin, which is a Linux Distro that makes up one of the many official flavors that Ubuntu has. Further, UKUI is actually a fork of the Matte Desktop Environment.

This makes it a Light and fast desktop environment, which consumes few resources. Your code has been developed with technology GTK and Qt, which provides excellent performance and good functionality resulting in a good user experience during everyday use. In addition, its visual appearance similar to Windows 7 Operating System, facilitates its use and implementation on new users outside GNU / Linux.

This Desktop Environment has 2 official reference sites where we can get all the information and official documentation about it. And these are:


On this website we can get official information related to the characteristics, development (code, repositories, installation and elements), the community and the development team of UKUI. In addition, it provides access to news (news) about it. At present UKUI goes for version 3.0.

Ubuntu Kylin

On this website we can get official information related to Ubuntu Kylin, which, as we stated before, comes by default, with said Desktop Environment. In addition, here we can download it, read the news (news), join the Community or access its Wiki. At present Ubuntu Kylin goes for version 20.04.

How is UKUI?

UKUI It is described as:

  • Intuitive and easy to use: It has a simple and intuitive interface adapted to users' habits and a two-column design that makes the menu content appear clearer.
  • Powerful and concise: It has an excellent file manager that facilitates all the operations necessary for managing files, especially since it places frequently used operations in the most easily accessible position.
  • Convenient and stable: Enables one-touch actions using the Quick Launch Bar and Quick Desktop Screen, which simplifies routine operations for users.
  • Practical and easy to use: Provides a function menu in the form of a category, where frequently used functions are classified in each category according to the user's habit.

How to install and / or update UKUI?

In case of using Ubuntu Kylin, or other compatible Ubuntu or Linux Distro, UKUI It can be installed and updated in the following way, using the following PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntukylin-members/ukui3.0
$ sudo apt install ukui-*


$ sudo apt-get install curl
$ curl -sL '' | sudo apt-key add
$ sudo apt-add-repository 'deb focal main'
$ sudo apt install ukui-*

And to update the existing one to the latest available version of UKUI, the following command prompt after adding the repositories:

$ sudo apt upgrade

In my personal case, I use my own respin personal of MX Linux called Miracles, successor to Miners, which in turn is based on Debian GNU / Linux, I can easily install it with the following command command:

$ sudo apt install ukui-* libukui-* ukwm

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