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Must Have

This page documents software that is critical / very important to have running for a smooth Wayland / Hyprland experience.

DEs like KDE / Gnome will do this automatically, Hyprland will not (because you might want to use something else)

A notification daemon

Starting method: most likely manual (exec-once)

Many apps (e.g. Discord) may freeze without one running.

Use e.g. dunst, mako, etc.


Starting method: automatic

Pipewire is not necessairly required, but screensharing will not work without it.

Install pipewire and wireplumber (not pipewire-media-session)

XDG Desktop Portal

Starting method: Automatic on Systemd, manual otherwise

XDG Desktop Portal handles a lot of stuff for your desktop, like file pickers, screensharing, etc.

See The Hyprland Desktop Portal Page

Authentication Agent

Starting method: manual (exec-once)

Authentication agents are the things that pop up a window asking you for a password whenever an app wants to elevate its privileges.

Our recommendation is the KDE one. For arch, it’s polkit-kde-agent.

You can autostart it with exec-once=/usr/lib/polkit-kde-authentication-agent-1.

QT Wayland Support

Starting method: none (just a library)

Install qt5-wayland and qt6-wayland.