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PCManFM-Qt is a Qt-based file manager which uses GLib for file management. It was started as the Qt port of PCManFM, the file manager of LXDE.

PCManFM-Qt is used by LXQt for handling the desktop. Nevertheless, it can also be used independently of LXQt and with any desktop environment, whether under X11 or under Wayland.

PCManFM-Qt is licensed under the terms of the GPLv2 or any later version. See file LICENSE for its full text.


Compiling source code

The build dependencies are CMake, lxqt-build-tools, libfm-qt, and layer-shell-qt (for the desktop support under Wayland).

GVFS is an optional dependency. It provides important functionalities like Trash support.

Code configuration is handled by CMake. CMake variable CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX has to be set to /usr on most operating systems. Depending on the way library paths are dealt with on 64bit systems, variables like CMAKE_INSTALL_LIBDIR may have to be set as well.

To build run make, to install make install, which accepts the variable DESTDIR as usual.

Binary packages

Official binary packages are available in Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE (Leap and Tumbleweed) and most other distributions.


The file manager functionality should be self-explanatory. For advanced functionalities, see the wiki.

Handling of the desktop deserves some notes:

To handle the desktop, the binary pcmanfm-qt has to be launched with the --desktop option. Optionally, --profile can be used for loading and saving settings specific to certain session types, like different desktop environments. In an LXQt session, PCManFM-Qt is launched as an LXQt Module.

The desktop can be configured by the dialog "Desktop Preferences". Technically, it corresponds to launching pcmanfm-qt with the option --desktop-pref. It is available in LXQt desktop's context menu and included as the "Desktop" item in the Preferences sub-menu of LXQt Panel's main menu as well as the "LXQt Settings" section of Configuration Center.

All (command-line) options are explained in detail in man 1 pcmanfm-qt.


Issues should go to the tracker of PCManFM-Qt at


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