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TLP is an advanced power management tool for Linux.

It is a pure command line tool with automated background tasks and does not contain a GUI.


Read the full documentation at the project homepage.


Install the tlp and tlp-rdw packages, which are available in the official repositories.

Optional dependencies are:

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

After package installation, it is mandatory to enable both contained services via:

# systemctl enable tlp
# systemctl enable tlp-sleep

Important: if you want to use tlp-rdw – which in turn requires NetworkManager – it is mandatory to enable the corresponding service:

# systemctl enable NetworkManager-dispatcher


After successful installation, TLP starts automatically on every boot.


The config file is located at /etc/default/tlp.

The default configuration provides optimized power saving out of the box. For a full list of options see: TLP Configuration.

To make use of the ThinkPad-specific battery options, install and configure tp_smapi and/or acpi_call (see Installation).

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