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Quick Start

After you have installed Hyprland, you can either launch it from a TTY with Hyprland or from a login manager. Although login managers aren’t officially supported, you might want to use SDDM, as it’s been working flawlessly with wayland compositors.

It is recommended you have kitty installed for terminal access, (example and autogenerated configs have it bound to SUPER + Q). Alternatively, manually change it in the config before launching Hyprland.

If you have an Nvidia card, please also take a look at The Nvidia page before launching. You should first make a wrapper, as described in the section below, then follow the instructions from the Nvidia page, and then continue on with sections below.

Running Hyprland in a VM is unsupported. VMs employ a bunch of tactics that mess with Hyprland, on top of the fact that they do not provide a GPU.

If running Hyprland via WLR_RENDERER_ALLOW_SOFTWARE=1 Hyprland does not work, you are out of luck. Try installing it on a real machine.

Although it’s 100% possible to use Hyprland in a VM, if it’s not launching it’s 99.9% of the times your fault. Please also keep in mind software rendering is REALLY slow.

Wrapping the launcher (recommended)

With Xorg, you get the .xinitrc. With Hyprland, you can create your own… kind of.

Make an executable file somewhere in your PATH, for example ~/.local/bin/, called (for example) wrappedhl

In it, put:


cd ~

export XCURSOR_SIZE=24

exec Hyprland

You can add as many exported envvars as you need (Nvidia users might need a lot), but it’s recommended to have at least the shown two.

You should now launch Hyprland with wrappedhl instead of Hyprland. Make sure to copy your .desktop file in /usr/share/wayland-sessions/ and edit it if you use a login manager! You might need to put the full path in it, as login managers are usually not ran through the user account.

It is highly recommended to copy the desktop file to e.g. wrapped_hl.desktop instead of editing the provided one, as many package managers will overwrite the desktop file on updates.


OMG MY SCREEN IS BROKEN, FLASHY TEARY! -> see the bottom of this page

Once you log in, you’ll be greeted with a yellow warning that will give you some basic keybind info of your pre-generated config.

To make the warning to go away, remove the autogenerated=1 line from hyprland.conf


Use hyprctl monitors to list available outputs. hyprctl will not tell you what your monitor is capable of though, so if you want to check your resolution / refresh rate, use a tool like wlr-randr.

Then, you can configure your outputs with

hyprctl keyword monitor NAME,RES@HZ,OFFSET,SCALE

NAME is the name of the display, e.g. DP-1. Can be empty for a global rule.

RES@HZ is the resolution and refresh rate, e.g. 1920x1080@144. Can be preferred for auto-detection.

OFFSET is the position of the monitor, e.g. 0x0. Can be auto to automatically add it to the right of the viewport.

SCALE is the display scale, e.g. 1

example command:

hyprctl keyword monitor DP-3,1920x1080@240,1920x0,1
These changes are not permanent! If you want to make those changes persist, configure your outputs in the config!

Proper configuring

Head onto the Configuring Hyprland page to learn all about configuring Hyprland to your likings.

Critical software

See the Must-have Software page for the crucial things to make Wayland / Hyprland / other apps work correctly.

Apps / X11 replacements

See the Useful Utilities page and the Sway wiki page just about that.

Screenshare / GTK slow launch issues

FAQ (GTK issue)

FAQ (screensharing)

Screen broken on launch

This usually happens due to your monitor not being very happy about the default settings.

You can get your monitor’s name(s) from the TTY.

Exit hyprland, and then:

  • cat /tmp/hypr/$(ls -t /tmp/hypr | head -n 1)/hyprland.log | grep monitor will give you a bunch of logs about the connected monitors. Names like DP-x or HDMI-x etc are your monitor names.
  • edit ~/.config/hypr/hyprland.conf
  • replace the monitor= line with monitor=NAME,RES@Hz,OFFSET,SCALE, for example monitor=DP-1,1920x1080@60,0x0,1 (See Monitors for more info about the values). You can also add multiple of those for multi-monitor setups.

After this, upon launching Hyprland again, everything should be fine, provided you set an appropriate mode for your monitors.