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Sugar is the desktop environment component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with an equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in more than twenty-five languages, Sugar Activities are used every school day by children in more than forty countries.

Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar can run on most computers.

Sugar is free/libre and open-source software.

Installing on Debian or Ubuntu

sudo apt install sucrose

Then log out, and log in with the Sugar desktop selected.

See also Debian and Ubuntu on the Wiki.

Installing on Fedora

sudo dnf groupinstall sugar-desktop
sudo dnf install python2-decorator webkitgtk3

Then restart your computer. At the Sign in select the Sugar desktop.

See also Fedora on the Wiki.


Sugar follows the GNU Coding Standards.

Install all dependencies, especially sugar-artwork, sugar-datastore, and sugar-toolkit-gtk3.

Clone the repository, run, then make and make install.


For hacking you can use the sugar-build tool.

Sugar is made of several modules and depends on libraries with different names in GNU/Linux distributions. To make it easier for developers to build from sources, we developed a set of scripts that automates builds and other common development tasks.

See also Setup a development environment