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Window manager

Enlightenment is a themeable, fast, flexible, and powerful window manager that runs on everything from small mobile devices to powerful multi-core desktops. The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) comprise a suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces.


There is extensive documentation for both the Enlightenment window manager and Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL). Some helpful starting points include:

Info and documentation for other software programs that are part of the Enlightenment project:

  • Terminology Graphically sophisticated terminal emulator
  • Rage Sophisticated movie player.
  • EDI Enlightenment-based modern Linux IDE

Git repository list of the rpoject:

"IRC [irc:irc.freenode.net/e irc:irc.freenode.net/e] " IRC Help channel
[irc:irc.freenode.net/e irc:irc.freenode.net/e]

"IRC [irc:irc.freenode.net/e irc:irc.freenode.net/e] " IRC development channel
[irc:irc.freenode.net/e irc:irc.freenode.net/e]


Download version 0.20.0 (stable)
released on 30 November 2015


Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
OtherPaul Nathan26 September 2015

EFL comes with several licences. Different shared libraries are covered by different licenses, and are distributed here as an aggregation with a single build system. Listed below are the library/project names and the license file covering it. Note that this license would cover all of the source invovled in each project (src/lib/PROJECT, src/modules/PROJECT, src/bin/PROJECT data/PROJECT) unless specifically noted otherwise (eg epp in edje or lz4, libunibreak etc.), so please refer to these imported project sources for details (but be aware that the licensing of such libraries is compatible with the libraries that use them and is not more restrictive).

evil: licenses/COPYING.BSD escape: licenses/COPYING.GPL (used in PlayStation native) eina: licenses/COPYING.LGPL emile: licenses/COPYING.LGPL eet: licenses/COPYING.BSD eo: licenses/COPYING.BSD ector: licenses/COPYING.FTL, licenses/COPYING.GPL (dual licenses) evas: licenses/COPYING.BSD embryo: licenses/COPYING.SMALL ecore: licenses/COPYING.BSD eio: licenses/COPYING.LGPL eldbus: licenses/COPYING.LGPL efreet: licenses/COPYING.BSD eeze: licenses/COPYING.BSD ephysics: licenses/COPYING.BSD edje: licenses/COPYING.BSD edje/epp: licenses/COPYING.GPL (separate binary/executable) emotion: licenses/COPYING.BSD ethumb: licenses/COPYING.LGPL eolian: licenses/COPYING.BSD elua: licenses/COPYING.BSD

NOTE: If linked together, the result will be effectively be LGPL (or

GPL if escape is used) due to license characteristics.

Leaders and contributors

Carsten Haitzler Maintainer
See for a complete list Contributor
Paul Nathan (Pnathan)FSF member

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Users Mailing ListMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/enlightenment-users
Developer Mailing ListMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/enlightenment-devel
i18n Mailing ListMailing Listhttp://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/enlightenment-intl
Project git repository listVCS Repository Webviewhttps://git.enlightenment.org/

Software prerequisites

Required to buildgettext
Required to buildgit
Required to uselibXext
Required to useefl
Required to buildautoconf (2.59 or better)
Required to usexcb
Required to useelementary
Required to buildautomake (1.10 or better)
Required to usexcb-shape
Required to uselibc
Required to buildautopoint
Required to usexcb-keysyms
Required to uselibm
Required to buildlibtool
Weak prerequisiteevas_generic_loaders
Required to uselibX11

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 1 December 2015.


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