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Installation

Foreword

Due to their proprietary nature, Nvidia GPUs have limited compatibility with Hyprland. If you want to try Hyprland on Nvidia regardless (many people have reported successes), follow the Nvidia page after installing Hyprland.

Distros

Arch, NixOS and openSUSE Tumbleweed are very supported. For any other distro (not based on Arch/Nix) you might have varying amounts of success. However, since Hyprland is extremely bleeding-edge, distros like Pop!_OS, Ubuntu, etc. might have major issues running Hyprland.

Installation

Installing Hyprland is very easy. Either you install it from your local package provider (if they provide pkgs for Hyprland) or you install/build it yourself.

This project is under development and is constantly changing. If you want to keep up to date with the latest commits, please consider updating your packages with yay -Syu --devel, or your other preferred package manager.

Packages

WARNING: I do not maintain any packages. If they are broken, try building from source first.

If you’re on Arch Linux, I heavily recommend you use the AUR.

hyprland-git - compiles from latest source
hyprland - compiles from latest release source
hyprland-bin - compiled latest release, prone to breaking on ARM devices as Hyprland binary is compiled for x86
Read the Nix page.

There are precompiled packages of Hyprland available in the X11:Wayland project on OBS.

To install them, follow the instructions at software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=X11:Wayland&package=hyprland or use OPI to install it.

opi hyprland

Alternatively, you can also follow the instructions under “Manual (Manual Build)” to build Hyprland yourself.

Note: Hyprland is not available for Leap, as most libraries (and compiler) that Hyprland needs are too old.

The hyprland package is available in the wayland-desktop overlay.

eselect repository enable wayland-desktop
emerge --ask --verbose hyprland

Manual (Releases)

Download the most recent release.

copy the binary (Hyprland) to /usr/bin/.

copy hyprctl to /usr/bin/.

copy the wlroots .so (wlroots.so.XX032) to /usr/lib/.

copy the desktop entry (examples/Hyprland.desktop) to /usr/share/wayland-sessions/

the example config is in examples/Hyprland.conf.

For updating later on, you can overwrite the binaries (hyprctl, hyprland and libwlroots), you don’t need to update anything else.

Manual (Manual Build)

Arch dependencies:

yay -S gdb ninja gcc cmake libxcb xcb-proto xcb-util xcb-util-keysyms libxfixes libx11 libxcomposite xorg-xinput libxrender pixman wayland-protocols cairo pango seatd

(If any are missing hmu)

openSUSE dependencies:

zypper in gcc-c++ git meson cmake "pkgconfig(cairo)" "pkgconfig(egl)" "pkgconfig(gbm)" "pkgconfig(gl)" "pkgconfig(glesv2)" "pkgconfig(libdrm)" "pkgconfig(libinput)" "pkgconfig(libseat)" "pkgconfig(libudev)" "pkgconfig(pango)" "pkgconfig(pangocairo)" "pkgconfig(pixman-1)" "pkgconfig(vulkan)" "pkgconfig(wayland-client)" "pkgconfig(wayland-protocols)" "pkgconfig(wayland-scanner)" "pkgconfig(wayland-server)" "pkgconfig(xcb)" "pkgconfig(xcb-icccm)" "pkgconfig(xcb-renderutil)" "pkgconfig(xkbcommon)" "pkgconfig(xwayland)" glslang-devel Mesa-libGLESv3-devel "pkgconfig(xcb-errors)"

(this should also work on RHEL/Fedora if you remove Mesa-libGLESv3-devel and pkgconfig(xcb-errors))

Please note Hyprland builds wlroots. Make sure you have the dependencies of wlroots installed, you can make sure you have them by installing wlroots separately (Hyprland doesn’t mind)

Also note that Hyprland uses the C++23 standard, so your compiler has to support that (gcc>=12.1.0 or clang>=15)

git clone --recursive https://github.com/hyprwm/Hyprland
cd Hyprland
sudo make install 

Do note that sudo make install will copy the example .desktop file to /usr/share/wayland-sessions/ directory, promptly overriding the existent .desktop file from previous installations.

It’s probably a good idea to run sudo make cleaninstall to update Hyprland later on, as it does not overwrite the desktop file.

Meson

meson _build
ninja -C _build
ninja -C _build install --tags runtime,man

Refer to Debugging to see how to build & debug.

Crash on launch

See Crashes and Bugs.

Custom installation (legacy renderer, etc)

cd into the hyprland repo.

for legacy renderer:

sudo make clear && sudo make config && make legacyrenderer && sudo cp ./build/Hyprland /usr/bin && sudo cp ./example/hyprland.desktop /usr/share/wayland-sessions

please note the legacy renderer may not support some graphical features.

Any other config: (replace [PRESET] with your preset, release debug legacyrenderer legacyrendererdebug)

sudo make clear && sudo make config && make [PRESET] && sudo cp ./build/Hyprland /usr/bin && sudo cp ./example/hyprland.desktop /usr/share/wayland-sessions

Custom Build flags

To apply custom build flags, you’ll have to ditch make.

Supported custom build flags:

NO_XWAYLAND - Removes XWayland support

How to?

Go to the root repo.

Clean before everything and config the root:

make clear && sudo make config

Then, configure CMake:

mkdir -p build && cmake --no-warn-unused-cli -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE:STRING=Release -D<YOUR_FLAG>:STRING=true -H./ -B./build -G Ninja

Change <YOUR_FLAG> to one of the custom build flags. You are allowed to use multiple at once, then add another -D<YOUR_FLAG_2>:STRING=true

You can of course also change the BUILD_TYPE to Debug.

Now, build:

cmake --build ./build --config Release --target all -j $(nproc)

If you configured in Debug, change the --config to Debug as well.

Now, of course, install manually.

sudo cp ./build/Hyprland /usr/bin && sudo cp ./example/hyprland.desktop /usr/share/wayland-sessions

Launching

You can launch Hyprland by either going into a TTY and executing Hyprland, or with a login manager.

!IMPORTANT: Do not launch Hyprland with root permissions (don’t sudo)

Login managers are not officially supported, but here’s a short compatibility list:

  • SDDM → Works flawlessly
  • GDM → Works with the caveat of crashing Hyprland on the first launch
  • ly → Works with minor to major issues and/or caveats