Lxde Desktop On Google Colab And Cloud Console

LXDE, Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, is a lightweight and fast desktop environment. LXDE is designed to be user-friendly and sleek in design, this is to keep resource usage down. LXDE uses a low capacity RAM and CPU but still features a rich operating system. It is because of this low resource usage that LXDE is energy efficient


About LXDE

Among the most important that can be summarized from LXDE can be summarized the following points:

LXDE was partially released this year 2006 by Taiwanese computer scientist Hong Jen Yee When finished PCManFM, the first desktop module. Then the full desktop LXDE, with the aim of serving the development of low energy and resource distribution.

LXDE is available through official repositories on many GNU/Linux Distros, such as DEBIAN, Ubuntu, and Fedora. And some bring it by default when they focus on a low resource consumption team.

El LXDE native application ecosystem It consists of several programs, the following of which are the most emblematic or well-known: PCManFM (File manager), Leafpad (Text editor), GPicView (Image Viewer), among many others.

LXDE Components

PCManFM, a fast and lightweight file manager with features like Drag & Drop support, tabbed browsing (similar to Firefox), integrated file search utility, fast loading of large directories, file association support (default application), Thumbnails for image files, Bookmarks support, handling of non-UTF-8 encoded filenames and more

  • LXLauncher, easy-mode app launcher
  • LXPanel, desktop panel, Panel can create menus for automatically installed applications from *.desktop files. This pane can be set using a GUI-based options dialog, and there is no need to modify the settings file. This component provides a "Run" dialog with autocompletion.
  • LXSession, session manager, LXSession Manager is used to automatically start a set of applications and manage a desktop work environment. In addition, the session manager can remember the application in use when the user logs out and restarts when the user logs in.
  • LXSession Edit, the window manager used by LXDE can be replaced, the ability to turn on disabled applications
  • LXAppearance, theme replacement. You can easily change the themes, icons, and fonts that the app uses.
  • Leafpad, text editor
  • Xarchiver, archiving
  • Glenview, image viewer, GPicView features fast startup and intuitive interface.
  • LXTerminal, terminal emulator
  • LXTask, task manager/system monitor
  • LXNM, a lightweight network connection helper daemon for LXDE, supports wireless connection (Linux only)
  • Openbox, window manager
  • Xander, display manager, manage external monitor and display resolution
  • LXShortCut, an easy way to change app shortcuts
  • LXMusic, a minimalistic music player based on xmms2


LXDE is a fast and low consumption Desktop Environment. Its strengths lie in being designed to be lightweight, use less CPU and RAM than others, and make the most of its use on low-performance devices.

Managed by an international community of developers currently working to maintain the stability and validity of the Environment while achieving a possible migration to GTK+ 3.

Comes with an attractive interface but with traditional features.

LXDE has positive aspects such as multi-language support, standard hotkey generation, and additional functions such as tabbed file browsing.

Now LXDE is supported by Linux. Although it has also been tested FreeBSD. So basically supported by almost all Unix-based systems.

LXDE is independent of any desktop, i.e. its components can be used independently of the LXDE Desktop Environment itself.


Doesn't have its own window manager, but is usually used with Open Box.

The base is still GTK2 but has an experimental version of LXDE based on GTK+ 3, built with support from the Arch user group (lxde-gtk3).

LXDE is in full development and hasn't reached your first adult version (1.0) but the community is growing every day due to its main benefit which is very stable.

Recommended for users with a higher level of experience than usual, because everything is not so close, and to squeeze its potential requires a good command of Linux.

Running LXDE On Google Colab

To run lxde on google Colab akuh.net have prepared the link below you just go to the link then press the play button

LXDE Colab

To connect VPS google Colab you can use RDP on windows, Don't close tab colab to keep rdp running 12 hours

Running LXDE On Google Cloud

To run LXDE on google cloud, it's very easy, you just go to the link below

Launch cloud shell

Ngrok Authtoken

Then copy and paste the code below

sudo su
You must create a root password first, as login RDP password
wget -O xlde.sh https://bit.ly/gclxde > /dev/null 2>&1
chmod +x xlde.sh

To connect a google cloud VPS you can use RDP on windows,don't close tab google cloud shell rdp will stop

Any question? write in comments
This tutorial is for educational purposes only
if this tutorial doesn't work please comment, akuh.net will update soon

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  • none
    none September 24, 2021 at 1:22 AM

    Thank you again

    There's any way to mount the cloud drive?

    Some guys said for use that code for cloud remaing active for more time
    do you now how to use?

    --ssh-flag="-ServerAliveInterval 60"


    • akuh
      akuh September 24, 2021 at 7:36 AM

      google drive with python I'll update later, still playing with docker

      F12 and paste that code
      or create a new box and enter this sleep 43210

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