Hyprland Desktop Portal

Hyprland Desktop Portal

An XDG Desktop Portal (later called XDP) is a program that lets other applications communicate swiftly with the compositor through D-Bus.

It’s used for things like opening file pickers or screen sharing.

On Wayland, it also requires an implementation. For Hyprland, you’d usually use xdg-desktop-portal-wlr (later called XDPW)

Unfortunately, due to various reasons the -wlr portal is inferior to the KDE or GNOME ones.

In order to bridge the gap, Hyprland has its own fork of XDPW that has more features, called xdg-desktop-portal-hyprland. (later called XDPH)

You don’t need XDPH. Hyprland will work with XDPW, but XDPH has more features, such as window sharing.

XDPH will work on other wlroots-based compositors, although limited to the XDPW features (other will be disabled).


XDPH doesn’t implement a file picker. For that, I recommend installing xdg-desktop-portal-gtk alongside XDPH.


Should start automatically.

The most basic way of seeing if everything is OK is by trying to screenshare anything, or by opening OBS and selecting the PipeWire source. If XDPH is running, a Qt menu will pop up asking you what to share.

If it doesn’t, or if, for example, slurp gets opened instead, then XDPW is launching. In that case, try removing XDPW.

XDPH will work on other wlroots compositors, but features available only on Hyprland will not work (e.g. window sharing).

For a nuclear option, you can use this script and exec-once it:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
sleep 1
killall -e xdg-desktop-portal-hyprland
killall -e xdg-desktop-portal-wlr
killall xdg-desktop-portal
/usr/lib/xdg-desktop-portal-hyprland &
sleep 2
/usr/lib/xdg-desktop-portal &

Adjust the paths if they’re incorrect.

Share picker doesn’t use the system theme

Try one or both:

dbus-update-activation-environment --systemd --all
systemctl --user import-environment QT_QPA_PLATFORMTHEME

If it works, add it to your config in exec-once.

Using the KDE file picker with XDPH

XDPH does not implement a file picker and uses the GTK one as a fallback by default (see /usr/share/xdg-desktop-portal/hyprland-portals.conf). If you want to use the KDE file picker but let XDPH handle everything else, create a file ~/.config/xdg-desktop-portal/hyprland-portals.conf with the following content:


You can read more about this in the xdg-desktop-portal documentation in the Arch Wiki. Note that some applications like Firefox may require additional configuration to use the KDE file picker.


If you get long app launch times, or screensharing does not work, consult the logs.

systemctl --user status xdg-desktop-portal-hyprland

If you see a crash, it’s likely you are missing either qt6-wayland or qt5-wayland.