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E17 is the Development Release 17 (DR17) of the Enlightenment Desktop Environment.

E17 is currently under heavy development, and is in the pre-alpha stages. Even though it is only young, E17 is still quite stable. Many people use it as a day-to-day Environment.

New versions are available daily via CVS, but snapshots are also taken for easy installation. Below are instructions on how to install a snapshot from the Arch community repositories.

Installing E17

  • First, edit your /etc/pacman.conf file and uncomment the community repositories by removing the hash at the start of that line; you should end up with something like the following:

Editing /etc/pacman.conf

# Add your preferred servers here, they will be used first
Include = /etc/pacman.d/community
  • Next, run 'pacman -Syu' to update, using the new (community) repositories.
  • Then run 'pacman -S e17' to fetch & install e17.
    • If you don't already have libpng installed, you'll need that too.
  • Now just edit your ~/.xinitrc file to have the following line:
exec /opt/e17/bin/enlightenment_start

If you want to have a more current version, you can install e17-cvs from [community]

  • run 'pacman -Sy e17-cvs' to install the window manager itself
  • and 'pacman -Syu e17-extra-cvs' to install some additional supplied modules


Note : If you know what you're doing, you could also use takhis e17-cvs repo (see "Links")


please note that mixing takhis e17-cvs repo with e17-cvs from [community] will give problems as both are installed under a different prefix

Installing Themes

More themes to customise the look of e17 are available from Get-E.org

Just save these *.edj files in your ~/.e/e/themes/ directory, then you can select it as a theme either from the menu --> Themes --> <your theme>, or under the control panel, in 'Theme Selector'.


  • If X complains about X cursors not being available, get the package 'libxcursor'.


Maverick & Reverie do maintain e17-cvs repos for i686 & x86_64. They're called [takhis], and most users feedbacks are good. You'll find the information on the forum

External Links