How to install Qtile on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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How to install Qtile on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS





Qtile is a Python-based tiling window manager that’s fully customizable. Besides being simple and small, Qtile is very extensible. You can create many different layouts, widgets, and built-in commands. All of the code is written and configured in Python, allowing you to get full advantage of the flexibility and power of the language.





Throughout this tutorial, we will provide you with an overview of how to install Qtilein for Ubuntu 20.






  • A non-root user with sudo access.
  • Python.




Step 1: Set up a VPSie cloud server 





Start by logging into your VPSie account Make a new server, with at least 2 GB of RAM in the operating system (Ubuntu 18.04) with IPv4. Use the credentials that we emailed you to connect to your Cloud Server via SSH.




As soon as you are logged into Ubuntu 18.04, type the following command to install the latest packages onto your base system.




apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y






Step 2: Install Python 3






In order to install and work with Qtile, we need Python on our system.


sudo apt install python3 
sudo apt install python3-pip




Python and the pip package manager will be installed by the above command.







Step 3: Set up dependencies











pip3 install xcffib







pip3 install --no-cache-dir cairocffi






Python-gobject and python-dbus





For Qtile to interact with dbus, it will need python-dbus to interact with gobject. This will require installation of Python-gobject and Python-dbus.



# sudo apt install python-gobject 

# sudo apt install python-dbus





Step 4: Install Qtile using the pip command




pip3 install qtile




For more information on its configuration, please refer to its official documentation.





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