Compton, window composition in LXDE

Compton at LXDE

Compton is a window composition manager for X, a product of the fork of xcompmgr-dana.

The advantage of using the fork and not Xcompmgr-dana? Which has many bug fixes, plus some new features. Its creator claims that he decided to create it to have a lightweight window composer with the features he had always longed for; further assures that its creation is quite stable, although he adds that it is in constant development, With everything it implies.


Compton allows you to have window composition in lightweight desktop environments, As is the case LXDE. The results of using Compton in this environment are quite nice, and best of all, the resources used are not too high.

The manager allows to have effects of fading, Shadows, transparencies, blur, etc.


Compton on Lubuntu

To install Compton en Lubuntu 13.04 you have to add an external repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:richardgv/compton

Then we simply refresh and install:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compton

So that it starts at the beginning of the session, worth the redundancy, we execute in our console:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart

And in the document that opens we add at the end:


We save the changes with Ctrl + O and exit with Ctrl + X. For the composer to take action, we simply close and log in with a new account. To learn more about the operation and Compton options we execute in our terminal

compton --help

More information - More about LXDE on Ubunlog, More about Compton at Ubunlog

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  1.   iron said

    thanks is what I was looking for 🙂