This comprises both the Enlightenment window manager and Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), which provide additional desktop environment features such as a toolkit, object canvas, and abstracted objects. It has been under development since 2005, but in February 2011 the core EFLs saw their first stable 1.0 release.
Install the package.
You might also want to install, which is an EFL-based terminal emulator that integrates well with Enlightenment.
From the AUR
Development PKGBUILDs which download and install the very latest development code are available asAUR and its dependencies.
The following are EFL-based applications, most in an early stage of development and not yet released:
- AUR – Ecrire text editor
- AUR – An EFL based IDE
- AUR – Eluminance photo browser
- AUR – Enjoy music player
- Eperiodique periodic table viewer AUR –
- Ephoto picture viewer and AUR –
- AUR – Torrent client based on EFL
- AUR – E Python Media Center
- AUR – Equate calculator
- AUR – Eruler on-screen ruler and measurement tools
- AUR – Escape from Booty Bay angry birds style game
- Elemines minesweeper style game AUR –
- and AUR – Rage video player
- AUR – Current git master for
Enlightenment has a new display manager called Entrance, which is provided by the
/etc/entrance/entrance.conf. It can be used by enabling
entrance.service using systemd.
If you prefer to start Enlightenment manually, enter
startx /usr/bin/enlightenment_start in the console. See xinitrc for details.
To try the Wayland compositor, enter
enlightenment_start instead. You may want to install AUR and AUR for this as it is still experimental, yet relatively complete.
Enlightenment has a sophisticated configuration system that can be accessed from the Main menu's Settings submenu.
For extended configuration, you may also install Econnman (available in AUR asAUR or AUR) and its associated dependencies. This is not required for general functionality though.
Adding the ConnMan Gadget to the Shelf
- Settings -> Extensions -> Modules
- under System
- Connection Manager
- Load that (select then hit Load).
- Right-click on the shelf at the bottom of the screen.
- Go to Shelf -> Contents
- Then, just scroll around and find ConnMan.
- and hit Add.
You can also use NetworkManager for more information.to manage your network connections - see
Note however that the applet will need Appindicator support to show in Enlightenment's system tray. See NetworkManager#Appindicator. As an alternative to using the applet, NetworkManager includes both CLI and TUI interfaces for network configuration - see NetworkManager#Usage.
Enlightenment version DR 0.24.0 ships with a built-in polkit agent, and no extra polkit package is required to authenticate for privileged actions. Earlier versions of Enlightenment do not ship with a graphical polkit authentication agent. If you want to access privileged actions (e.g. mount a filesystem on a system device), you have to install one and autostart it. For that you should go to Settings Panel > Apps > Startup Applications > System and activate it. There is an EFL based authentication agent available in the AUR, AUR.
GNOME Keyring integration
It is possible to use gnome-keyring in Enlightenment. However, at the time of writing, you need a small hack to make it work in full. First, you must tell Enlightenment to autostart gnome-keyring. For that you should go to Settings Panel > Apps > Startup Applications > System and activate Certificate and Key Storage, GPG Password Agent, SSH Key Agent and "Secret Storage Service". After this, you should set the following:
This "hack" is used to override the automatic setting of the variable by "enlightenment-start" from "ssh-agent" to gnome-keyring.
More information on this topic in the GNOME Keyring article.
Enlightenment has support for a system tray but it is disabled by default. To enable the system tray, open the Enlightenment main menu, navigate to the Settings submenu and click on the Modules option. Scroll down until you see the Systray option. Highlight that option and click the Load button. Now that the module has been loaded, it can be added to the shelf. Right click on the shelf you wish to add the Systray to, hightlight the Shelf submenu and click on the Contents option. Scroll down until you see Systray. Highlight that option and click the Add button.
Enlightenment provides a notification server through its Notification extension.
- Notifications may be displayed in any corner of the "screen" as defined below
- Available screen policies are Primary Screen, Current Screen, All Screens, and Xinerama
- Notifications may be filtered based on urgency (Low, Normal, or Critical in any combination)
- A default notification timeout may be set and optionally enforced for all notifications
- The notification server may also optionally ignore replace ID requests
More themes to customize the look of Enlightenment are available from:
- relighted.c0n.de for the default theme in 200 different colors
- git.enlightenment.org (git clone the theme you like, run 'make' and you end up with a .edj theme file)
- packages.bodhilinux.com has a good collection (you will need to extract the .edj file from the .deb; bsdtar will do this and is part of the base Arch Linux install). A nice catalog can be seen at their wiki.
- exchange.enlightenment.org (archived)
You can install the themes (coming in .edj format) using the theme configuration dialog or by moving them to
~/.themes/or install the AUR package and select application themes from Enlightenments settings, and set it to that, this will make all GTK2 and GTK3 applications match the default Enlightenment theme, you can then configure Qt applications (or configure Qt's default settings) to use the GTK theme so it will mimic the theme your GTK applications are using, this way you can make sure most applications will blend in perfectly with your default enlightenment theme. See also Uniform look for Qt and GTK applications.
To alter the GTK theme, go to Settings > All > Look > Application Theme.
Modules and Gadgets
- Name used in enlightenment to refer to the "backing" code for a gadget.
- Front-end or user interface that should help the end users of Enlightenment do something.
Many Modules provide Gadgets that can be added to your desktop or on a shelf. Some Modules (such as CPUFreq) only provide a single Gadget while others (such as Composite) provide additional features without any gadgets. Note that certain gadgets such as Systray can only be added to a shelf while others such as Moon can only be loaded on the desktop.
Beyond the modules described here, more "extra" modules are available fromAUR.
The Scale Windows module, which requires compositing to be enabled, adds several features. The scale windows effect shrinks all open windows and brings them all into view. This is known in "Mission Control" in macOS. The scale pager effect zooms out and shows all desktops as a wall, like the compiz expo plugin. Both can be added to the desktop as a gadget or bound to a key binding, mouse binding or screen edge binding.
Some people like to change the standard window selection key binding
ALT + Tab to use Scale Windows to select windows. To change this setting, you navigate to Menu > Settings > Settings Panel > Input > Keys. From here, you can set any key binding you would like.
To replace the window selection key binding functionality with Scale Windows, scroll through the left panel until you find the ALT section and then find and select
ALT + Tab. Then, scroll through the right panel looking for the "Scale Windows" section and choose either Select Next or Select Next (All) depending on whether you would like to see windows from only the current desktop or from all desktops and click Apply to save the binding.
Available from upstream git.
||Show "Clients" (windows) Menu|
||Show "Everything Launcher" (apps, windows, etc)|
||Flip to the desktop on the left|
||Flip to the desktop on the right|
||Show the desktop|
||Toggle iconic mode|
||Invoke the screensaver|
||Toggle shade up|
||Close a window|
||Flip to desktop on left|
||Flip to desktop on right|
||Show "End session" dialog|
||Launch the default terminal|
If you find some unexpected behavior, there are a few things you can do:
- try to see if the same behavior exists with the default theme
- disable any 3rd party modules you may have installed
~/.eand remove it (e.g.
mv ~/.e ~/.e.back)
If you are sure you found a bug please report it directly upstream.
When the configuration needs to be reset and the settings windows can no longer be approached, configuration for the compositor can be reset using the hardcoded keybinding
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Home.
If fonts are too small and your screen is unreadable, be sure the right font packages are installed.and are valid candidates.
You also should consider just increasing the scaling size under the Scaling. You can set scaling under Settings > Settings Panel > Look > Scaling.
Backlight always dimmed
You may find that Enlightenment routinely dims the backlight to 0% on logout and will only restore it to 100% when you log into another Enlightenment session. Enlightenment assumes that whatever comes after it will set the backlight to whatever it prefers, if anything as this is what Enlightenment does at start. This is especially problematic when using another desktop environment alongside Enlightenment that cannot control backlight as the backlight will not automatically be restored to its normal level when using that desktop environment. To fix this issue, open the Enlightenment Settings Panel and, under the Look tab, click on the Composite option. Tick the Don't fade backlight box and click OK.
Inconsistent cursor theme
You may find that the cursor theme for the desktop is different to the one used in applications such as Firefox. This is because desktop applications are using X cursor themes whilst Enlightenment has its own set of cursor themes. For consistency, you can set Enlightenment to always use the X cursor theme. To do this, open the Enlightenment Settings Panel and click on the Input tab. Click on the Mouse option. Change the theme from Enlightenment to X and click OK. You should now find that the same cursor theme is used everywhere. If the X cursor theme itself is not always consistent, see Cursor themes#XDG specification.
You can just select wallpapers in the wallpaper settings dialog and import any image with the provided settings dialog, or you can put desired wallpapers into
LMB anywhere on the desktop will give access to the settings, select
Any new image copied in the
~/.e/e/backgrounds/ folder will get the list of available backgrounds auto-updated. You can drop animated gifs and even mp4 and other video files in here and use them as wallpapers if you want. Select desired wallpaper from drop-down menu. Inside the appropriate tabs in the global settings, you can adjust things like tiling of the background image, filling screen and such.
Enlightenment, Development Release 16 was first released in 2000, and reached version 1.0 in 2009. Originally, the DR16 stood for the 0.16 version of the Enlightenment project. You will find it as "Enlightenment16" now in the Arch repositories, it is still under development today, regularly updated by its maintainer Kim 'kwo' Woelders. With compositing, shadows and transparencies, E16 kept all of the speed that presided over its foundation by original author Carsten "Rasterman" Haitzler but with up to date refinement.
To install E16
/usr/share/doc/e16/e16.html for in depth documentation.
Most configuration files for E16 reside in
~/.e16 and are text-based, editable at will. That includes the Menus too.
Shortcut keys can be either modified by hand, or with the e16keyedit software provided as source on the sourceforge page of the e16 project. Note that the keyboard shortcuts file is not created in
~/.e16 by default. You can copy the packaged version to your home directory if you wish to make changes:
$ cp /usr/share/e16/config/bindings.cfg ~/.e16
Create an Init, a Start and a Stop folder in your
~/.e16 folder: any .sh script found there will either be executed at Startup (from Init folder), at each Restart (from Start folder), or at Shutdown (from Stop folder); provided you allowed it through the MMB / settings / session / <enable scripts> button and made them executable. Typical examples involves starting pulseaudio or your favorite network manager applet.
Shadows, Transparent effects et al can be found in MMB or RMB /Settings, under Composite .