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Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast toolbox-like desktop environment, which is, like KDE, based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, an intuitive interface and high customizability, therefore it features only few basic components, while most applications, like a File-Manager, have to be added by the user. Due to this, Razor-QT runs fine on weak machines, too.


For now, there only is a package razor-qtAUR in the AUR that allows you to install it. On a fresh ArchLinux, you'd probably want to add a Login-Manager, too, for example SLiM.

When starting Razor-QT by .xinitrc (including use of SLiM as login manager), the appropriate command is

exec razor-session

You may want to copy the default configuration file to your home folder for additional customization.

mkdir -p ~/.config/razor
cp /usr/share/razor/session.conf ~/.config/razor

Window Manager

Razor-QT has no Window Managers of it's own, but it will run with most Window Managers. Openbox is "the Official WM of razor-qt" but you can choose your own either through Razor's Session Management tool, or by editing ~/.config/razor/session.conf.

More information about razor-qt and Window Manager integration can be found on the Razor-qt wiki.


In order to use Compiz as Razor's Window Manager, you have to edit your session.conf like this:

windowmanager=compiz ccp

Methods like fusion-icon, adding compiz to the .xinitrc or compiz --replace ccp & will usually result in crashing X.

Suggested Applications

A fresh Razor-QT won't provide much of the tools you need, as it leaves to the user, what to add. A collection on useful apps (which use QT) are found on the projects homepage at 3rd Party applications.


When Razor's applications don't stick with your QT-theme (especially when using KDE's system settings to set your theme), then as of KDE 4.6.1 you'll probably need to tell Qt how to find KDE's styles (Oxygen, QtCurve etc.)

You just need to set the environment variable QT_PLUGIN_PATH. E.g. put

export QT_PLUGIN_PATH=$HOME/.kde4/lib/kde4/plugins/:/usr/lib/kde4/plugins/

into your /etc/profile (or ~/.profile if you do not have root access). qtconfig should then be able to find your kde styles and everything should look nice again!

Alternatively, you can symlink the Qt styles directory to the KDE styles one:

# ln -s /usr/lib/kde4/plugins/styles/ /usr/lib/qt/plugins/styles