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TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail. TLP comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life, so you may just install and forget it. Nevertheless TLP is highly customizable to fulfill your specific requirements.


Install tlp from the official repositories - pay attention to its optional dependencies that may help provide additional power saving.

To complete TLP's install, you must enable the systemd services tlp.service and tlp-sleep.service. You should also disable the systemd service systemd-rfkill.service to avoid conflicts and assure proper operation of TLP's radio device switching options.

Note: tlp.service starts NetworkManager.service if it is available: FS#43733. If you use a different network manager, edit tlp.servicein order to remove the service (line Wants=) or mask it.

ThinkPads only

For advanced battery functions, i.e. charge thresholds and recalibration, install the following package(s):

  • tp_smapi – tp-smapi is needed for battery charge thresholds, recalibration and specific status output of tlp-stat
  • acpi_call – acpi-call is needed for battery charge thresholds and recalibration on Sandy Bridge and newer models (X220/T420, X230/T430 et al.)

See the TLP FAQ, section "Which kernel module?", for details.


After installation TLP will be automatically activated upon system start. To start it immediately without reboot or to apply changed settings, use:

# tlp start


The configuration file is located at /etc/default/tlp and provides a "largely" optimized power saving by default. For a full explanation of options see: TLP configuration.


To avoid filesystem corruption on btrfs formatted partitions, set:


See also these links for discussion on this topic: Github bug report, Reddit follow-up discussion.

Radio Device Wizard

The Radio Device Wizard allows a more sophisticated management of radio devices depending on network connect/disconnect events. It requires NetworkManager, tlp-rdw and enabling NetworkManager-dispatcher.service.

See TLP configuration for details.

Command line

TLP provides several command line tools. See TLP commands.

Features intentionally excluded

See also