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The Linux Design Tool

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Akira is a native Linux Design application built in Vala and GTK. Akira focuses on offering a modern and fast approach to UI and UX Design, mainly targeting web designers and graphic designers. The main goal is to offer a valid and professional solution for designers who want to use Linux as their main OS.

Official Mascot

Akari the Cyber Phoenix is a perfectionist. She is tidy, collected and has a sharp eye for detail. Her name Akari (灯理、) means "the enlightenment of a sophisticated order". Her costume resembles the project's icon.

License: GNU GPLv3 / Creative Commons BY-SA Copyright © 2017 Akira Project.

Download the hi-res of Akari HERE

Mascot character designed by Tyson Tan. Tyson Tan offers mascot design service for free and open source software, free of charge, under free license. Contact: /

Get it from the elementary OS AppCenter!

As soon as Akira will reach a more stable version it will be available from the AppCenter for elementary OS.

Install it from source

You can install Akira by compiling it from the source, here's the list of dependecies required:

  • gtk+-3.0>=3.18
  • granite>=0.5.0
  • glib-2.0
  • gee-0.8
  • gobject-2.0
  • libxml-2.0
  • gtksourceview-3.0
  • clutter-gtk
  • clutter
  • cairo
  • meson

For non-elementary distros, (such as Arch, Debian etc) you are required to install "vala" as additional dependency.


meson build --prefix=/usr
cd build
ninja && sudo ninja install

Questions and issues

If you want to ask any question about the project please refer to the Forum Thread.

If you are trying out Akira and you encounter an error or any problem feel free to just open an issue


If you like Akira and you want to support its development, consider donating via PayPal or pledge on Patreon.