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The Razor-qt Desktop

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Please note!
This page was written for Mageia 3. RazorQt is replaced with LXQt starting from Mageia 6

Razor-qt is the latest desktop to be added to the Mageia distribution. It is intended to be a fast light weight desktop similar to LXDE. What makes Razor-qt different to other light weight desktops is that it is written using the QT4 toolkit which is the same toolkit used by KDE. However Razor-qt does not depend on any of the KDE libraries and so can be a lot faster and lighter than KDE.

Razor-qt Window Manager

Razor-qt with Openbox Window Manager and Clock and Notepad desktop Widgets
Razor-qt is a desktop environment (DE). It contains the functions of a DE, namely a desktop, a panel with system dock, and a Settings GUI. What is not contained in Razor-qt is a Window Manager (WM). Instead Razor-qt is able to choose which Window Manager is used. The two most popular choices are Openbox and Kwin.
  • Razor-qt with Openbox Window Manager and Razor Configuration Centre
    Openbox is the same WM used by LXDE and is known for being light and stable. For the fastest possible desktop use Openbox.
  • Razor-qt with Kwin Window Manager with Andromeda and Dolphin File Managers
    Kwin is the KDE Window Manager. - The use of the Kwin Window Manager means that windows in Razor-qt will have the same look and feel as KDE, complete with all the 3D Window effects of KDE, but without the Plasma desktop of KDE and all the other KDE bloat like Akonadi/Nepomuk. For those users who mourn for KDE3.5 a Razor-qt desktop with Kwin and running selected KDE applications could be an attractive proposition.

Desktop Widgets

Razor-qt supports widgets to put on the desktop. These are not the same as KDE desktop plasmoids. Currently available widgets are :-

  • An analogue clock,
  • A desktop notepad
  • A folder display area to show the contents of the Desktop folder.

Installing Razor-qt

The Razor-qt desktop may be installed either using Mageia Comtrol Centre [listed as task-razorqt], or from the command line


#urpmi task-razorqt

In the Razor-qt Configuration Centre open the Razor Session Configuration GUI and ensure the Razor Autosuspend module is enabled and running. Razor autosuspend manages the battery power icon in the system tray.

Installing the Razor-qt desktop will also install the lightdm Display Manager. Select lightdm from the Mageia Control Centre>Boot>DisplayManager menu if you wish to use it.

QT4 Applications

Qupzilla browser

Mageia bundles a number of QT4 based utilities in with the razor-qt desktop.

  • Qlipper - Clipboard icon for the system tray. Similar to KDE's Klipper but without KDE dependencies.
  • Andromeda - A file Manager. Andromeda is currently under development, and at the moment is not as feature rich as many other FMs. Users may prefer to use Dolphin or some other file manager.
  • Arora - A web browser based on QT-Webkit - Arora is a very fast and capable browser.
  • Trojitá - An IMAP email client
  • JuffEd - A text editor similar to kwrite (Install juffed-plugins to increase its functionality )
  • Nomacs - An image viewer
  • ScreenGrab - A screen image grabber
  • qBittorrent - A Bittorrent client
  • Silicon - A CD/DVD burner - functional, but not as complete as K3b
  • QTerminal - A console shell


The following applications are not included with the Razor-qt desktop, but being QT4 based without any KDE dependency they work very well with Razor-qt. They are all available in the Mageia repository.

  • Clementine Music Player - Anyone who liked Amarok 1.4 before Amarok 2.0 will love Clementine. Clementine is the music player Amarok should have been (IMO)
  • VLC - Media Player - The very popular VLC media player is QT4 based.
  • Qupzilla - An alternative browser. The Arora browser bundled with razor-qt is no longer maintained. The Qupzilla browser is another QT4 browser based on QT-WebKit which is more feature rich than Arora while still being very lean and fast. Qupzilla is a very nice browser indeed and makes a good alternative to mainstream browsers.
  • qpdfview - Document viewer. It supports pdf, postcript, and DjVu documents. It is very fast and well featured, and makes a great alternative to okular.

Configuring Razor-qt

Home and Wastebin Icons

Like LXDE Razor-qt does not automatically put Home and Wastebin icons on the desktop. They have to be inserted manually.

Using a file manager navigate to the ~/Desktop folder and create a file called Home.desktop containing

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Exec=dolphin
Icon=user-home
Terminal=false
StartupNotify=true
MimeType=x-directory/normal;inode/directory;

Name=Home
Name[af]=Tuiste
Name[ar]=المنزل
Name[as]=ঘৰ
Name[be]=Хатняя тэчка
Name[be@latin]=Dom
Name[bg]=Домашна директория
Name[bn]=ব্যক্তিগত ফোল্ডার
Name[bn_IN]=ব্যক্তিগত ফোল্ডার
Name[br]=Er-gêr
Name[ca]=Inici
Name[ca@valencia]=Inici
Name[cs]=Můj adresář
Name[csb]=Dodóm
Name[cy]=Cartref
Name[da]=Hjem
Name[de]=Persönlicher Ordner
Name[el]=Προσωπικός φάκελος
Name[eo]=Hejmo
Name[es]=Carpeta personal
Name[et]=Kodu
Name[eu]=Etxea
Name[fa]=آغازه
Name[fi]=Koti
Name[fr]=Dossier personnel
Name[fy]=Thús
Name[ga]=Baile
Name[gl]=Persoal
Name[gu]=ઘર
Name[he]=בית
Name[hi]=घर
Name[hne]=घर
Name[hr]=Početak
Name[hsb]=Domjacy zapisk
Name[hu]=Saját könyvtár
Name[is]=Heimasvæðið þitt
Name[ja]=ホーム
Name[ka]=სახლში
Name[kk]=Мекен
Name[km]=ផ្ទះ
Name[kn]=ನೆಲೆ (ಹೋಮ್)
Name[ko]=홈
Name[ku]=Mal
Name[lt]=Pradžia
Name[lv]=Mājas
Name[mai]=घर
Name[mk]=Дома
Name[ml]=തട്ടകം
Name[mr]=मुख्य
Name[ms]=Laman Utama
Name[nb]=Hjem
Name[nds]=Tohuus
Name[ne]=गृह
Name[nn]=Heim
Name[oc]=Repertòri personal
Name[or]=ଘର
Name[pa]=ਘਰ
Name[pl]=Katalog domowy
Name[pt]=Pasta Pessoal
Name[pt_BR]=Pasta do usuário
Name[ro]=Acasă
Name[ru]=Домашняя папка
Name[se]=Ruoktu
Name[si]=නිවස
Name[sk]=Domov
Name[sl]=Dom
Name[sr]=Домаће
Name[sr@latin]=Domaće
Name[sv]=Hem
Name[ta]=அகம்
Name[te]=ఇల్లు
Name[tg]=Компютер
Name[th]=พื้นที่ส่วนตัว
Name[tr]=Ev Dizini
Name[uk]=Домівка
Name[uz]=Uy
Name[uz@cyrillic]=Уй
Name[vi]=Nhà
Name[wa]=Måjhon
Name[xh]=Ikhaya
Name[x-test]=xxHomexx
Name[zh_CN]=主文件夹
Name[zh_TW]=家目錄

GenericName=Personal Files
GenericName[af]=Persoonlike Lêers
GenericName[ar]=الملفات الشخصية
GenericName[as]=ব্যক্তিগত নথিপত্ৰ
GenericName[be]=Персанальныя файлы
GenericName[be@latin]=Ułasnyja fajły
GenericName[bg]=Лични файлове
GenericName[bn]=ব্যক্তিগত ফাইলসমূহ
GenericName[bn_IN]=ব্যক্তিগত ফাইল
GenericName[br]=Restroù deoc'h
GenericName[ca]=Fitxers personals
GenericName[ca@valencia]=Fitxers personals
GenericName[cs]=Osobní soubory
GenericName[csb]=Swòje lopczi
GenericName[cy]=Ffeiliau Personol
GenericName[da]=Personlige filer
GenericName[de]=Eigene Dateien
GenericName[el]=Προσωπικά αρχεία
GenericName[eo]=Personaj dosieroj
GenericName[es]=Archivos personales
GenericName[et]=Isiklikud failid
GenericName[eu]=Fitxategi pertsonalak
GenericName[fa]=پرونده‌های شخصی
GenericName[fi]=Omat tiedostot
GenericName[fr]=Fichiers personnels
GenericName[fy]=Persoanlike map
GenericName[ga]=Comhaid Phearsanta
GenericName[gl]=Ficheiros persoais
GenericName[gu]=અંગત ફાઇલો
GenericName[he]=קבצים אישיים
GenericName[hi]=निजी फ़ाइलें
GenericName[hne]=निजी फाइल मन ल
GenericName[hr]=Osobne datoteke
GenericName[hsb]=Wosobinske dataje
GenericName[hu]=Személyes fájlok
GenericName[is]=Skrárnar þínar
GenericName[it]=File personali
GenericName[ja]=個人のファイル
GenericName[ka]=პირადი საქაღალდეები
GenericName[kk]=Дербес файлдар
GenericName[km]=ឯកសារ​ផ្ទាល់​ខ្លួន
GenericName[kn]=ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕ ಕಡತಗಳು
GenericName[ko]=개인적인 파일
GenericName[ku]=Pelên takekesî
GenericName[lt]=Asmeniniai failai
GenericName[lv]=Personīgie faili
GenericName[mai]=निज फाइलसभ
GenericName[mk]=Лични датотеки
GenericName[ml]=സ്വകാര്യ ഫയലുകള്‍
GenericName[mr]=खाजगी फाइल
GenericName[ms]=Fail Peribadi
GenericName[nb]=Personlige filer
GenericName[nds]=De egen Dateien
GenericName[ne]=व्यक्तिगत फाइल
GenericName[nl]=Persoonlijke map
GenericName[nn]=Personlege filer
GenericName[or]=ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଗତ ଫାଇଲଗୁଡ଼ିକ
GenericName[pa]=ਨਿੱਜੀ ਫਾਇਲਾਂ
GenericName[pl]=Pliki osobiste
GenericName[pt]=Ficheiros Pessoais
GenericName[pt_BR]=Arquivos pessoais
GenericName[ro]=Fișiere personale
GenericName[ru]=Личные файлы
GenericName[se]=Iežat fiillat
GenericName[si]=පුද්ගලික ගොනු
GenericName[sk]=Osobné súbory
GenericName[sl]=Osebne datoteke
GenericName[sr]=Лични фајлови
GenericName[sr@latin]=Lični fajlovi
GenericName[sv]=Personliga filer
GenericName[ta]=தனிப்பட்ட கோப்புகள்
GenericName[te]=వ్యక్తిగత దస్త్రాలు
GenericName[tg]=Файлҳои шахсӣ
GenericName[th]=แฟ้มส่วนตัว
GenericName[tr]=Kişisel Dosyalar
GenericName[uk]=Особисті файли
GenericName[uz]=Shaxsiy fayllar
GenericName[uz@cyrillic]=Шахсий файллар
GenericName[vi]=Tập tin Cá nhân
GenericName[wa]=Fitchîs da vosse
GenericName[xh]=Iifayile Zobuqu
GenericName[x-test]=xxPersonal Filesxx
GenericName[zh_CN]=个人文件
GenericName[zh_TW]=個人檔案
Categories=FileManager;Utility;Core;GTK;
OnlyShowIn=Razor;

Your Home Icon should now be working after the Razor-qt desktop is restarted..

  • Repeat the procedure this time creating a file called Wastebin.desktop containing
[Desktop Entry]
Icon=user-trash
Type=Application
Exec=dolphin trash:/
Categories=FileManager;Utilities;
Terminal=False
StartupNotify=true
MimeType=x-directory/normal;inode/directory;
OnlyShowIn=Razor;

Name=Trash
Name[ar]=سلة المهملات
Name[ast]=Papelera
Name[be@latin]=Śmietnica
Name[bg]=Кошче
Name[bn]=আবর্জনা
Name[bn_IN]=আবর্জনা
Name[bs]=Smeće
Name[ca]=Paperera
Name[ca@valencia]=Paperera
Name[cs]=Koš
Name[csb]=Kòsz
Name[da]=Affald
Name[de]=Mülleimer
Name[el]=Κάδος απορριμάτων
Name[en_GB]=Wastebin
Name[eo]=Rubujo
Name[es]=Papelera
Name[et]=Prügikast
Name[eu]=Zakarontzia
Name[fa]=زباله
Name[fi]=Roskakori
Name[fr]=Corbeille
Name[fy]=Jiskefet
Name[ga]=Bruscar
Name[gl]=Lixo
Name[gu]=કચરાપેટી
Name[he]=אשפה
Name[hi]=रद्दी
Name[hne]=घुरुवा
Name[hr]=Otpad
Name[hsb]=Papjernik
Name[hu]=Kuka
Name[ia]=Corbe
Name[id]=Tempat Sampah
Name[is]=Rusl
Name[it]=Cestino
Name[ja]=ごみ箱
Name[kk]=Өшірілгендер
Name[km]=ធុង​សំរាម
Name[kn]=ಕಸಬುಟ್ಟಿ
Name[ko]=휴지통
Name[ku]=Çop
Name[lt]=Šiukšliadėžė
Name[lv]=Miskaste
Name[mai]=रद्दी
Name[mk]=Корпа
Name[ml]=ചവറ്റുകുട്ട
Name[mr]=कचरापेटी
Name[ms]=Sampah
Name[nb]=Søppelbøtte
Name[nds]=Affalltünn
Name[nl]=Prullenbak
Name[nn]=Papirkorg
Name[or]=ଆବର୍ଜନା ପାତ୍ର
Name[pa]=ਰੱਦੀ
Name[pl]=Kosz
Name[pt]=Lixo
Name[pt_BR]=Lixeira
Name[ro]=Gunoi
Name[ru]=Корзина
Name[se]=Ruskalihtti
Name[si]=ඉවතලන බහලුම
Name[sk]=Kôš
Name[sl]=Smeti
Name[sr]=Смеће
Name[sr@ijekavian]=Смеће
Name[sr@ijekavianlatin]=Smeće
Name[sr@latin]=Smeće
Name[sv]=Papperskorg
Name[ta]=அகற்றிடம்
Name[tg]=Сабад
Name[th]=ถังขยะ
Name[tr]=Çöp
Name[ug]=ئەخلەتخانا
Name[uk]=Смітник
Name[vi]=Thùng rác
Name[wa]=Batch
Name[x-test]=xxTrashxx
Name[zh_CN]=回收站
Name[zh_TW]=資源回收筒
Comment=Configure trash settings
Comment[ar]=اضبط إعدادات سلة المهملات
Comment[ast]=Configuración de les preferencies de la papelera
Comment[be@latin]=Naładź śmietnicu
Comment[bg]=Настройване на кошчето
Comment[bn]=আবর্জনা সেটিংস কনফিগার করুন
Comment[bn_IN]=আবর্জনার বাক্স সংক্রান্ত বৈশিষ্ট্য কনফিগার করুন
Comment[bs]=Podešavanje postavki smeća
Comment[ca]=Configura l'arranjament de la paperera
Comment[ca@valencia]=Configura l'arranjament de la paperera
Comment[cs]=Nastavení koše
Comment[csb]=Kònfigùracëjô nastôwów kòsza
Comment[da]=Indstillinger for affald
Comment[de]=Mülleimer-Einstellungen festlegen
Comment[el]=Διαμόρφωση ρυθμίσεων κάδου απορριμάτων
Comment[en_GB]=Configure wastebin settings
Comment[eo]=Agordo de rubujo
Comment[es]=Configuración de las preferencias de la papelera
Comment[et]=Prügikasti seadistamine
Comment[eu]=Konfiguratu zakarontziaren ezarpenak
Comment[fa]=پیکربندی تنظیمات زباله‌دان
Comment[fi]=Muokkaa roskakorin asetuksia
Comment[fr]=Configurer les réglages de la corbeille
Comment[fy]=Jiskefetkofiguraasje ynstelle
Comment[ga]=Cumraigh socruithe an bhruscair
Comment[gl]=Configurar as opcións do lixo
Comment[gu]=કચરાપેટી ગોઠવણીઓ રૂપરેખાંકિત કરો
Comment[he]=הגדרת הגדרות האשפה
Comment[hi]=रद्दी की टोकरी का विन्यास कॉन्फ़िगर करें
Comment[hne]=कचरापेटी सेटिंग कान्फिगर करव 
Comment[hr]=Konfiguriranje postavki otpada
Comment[hsb]=Nastajenja papjernika připrawić
Comment[hu]=A törölt fájlok beállításai
Comment[ia]=Configura preferentias de corbe
Comment[id]=Atur pengaturan tempat sampah
Comment[is]=Stillingar ruslafötu
Comment[it]=Configura le impostazioni del cestino
Comment[ja]=ごみ箱のオプション設定
Comment[kk]=Өшірілгендердің параметрлерін баптау
Comment[km]=កំណត់​រចនាសម្ព័ន្ធ​ការ​កំណត់ធុង​សំរាម
Comment[kn]=ಕಸಬುಟ್ಟಿ ಸಂಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂರಚಿಸು
Comment[ko]=휴지통 설정
Comment[ku]=Mîhengên çopê ava bike
Comment[lt]=Konfigūruoti šiukšliadėžės nustatymus
Comment[lv]=Konfigurēt miskastes iestatījumus
Comment[mai]=ट्रैशक सेटिंग विन्यस्त करू
Comment[mk]=Конфигурирајте ги поставувањата за корпата
Comment[ml]=ട്രാഷ് സജ്ജീകരണങ്ങള്‍ ക്രമീകരിക്കുക
Comment[mr]=ट्रॅश संयोजना संयोजीत करा
Comment[nb]=Tilpass søppelinnstillinger
Comment[nds]=De Affalltünn instellen
Comment[nl]=Prullenbakconfiguratie instellen
Comment[nn]=Set opp innstillingar for papirkorga
Comment[or]=ଆବର୍ଜନା ପାତ୍ର ସଂରଚନାକୁ ବିନ୍ୟାସ କରନ୍ତୁ 
Comment[pa]=ਰੱਦੀ ਸੈਟਿੰਗ ਸੰਰਚਨਾ
Comment[pl]=Konfiguracja Kosza
Comment[pt]=Configurar as opções do lixo
Comment[pt_BR]=Configurações da Lixeira
Comment[ro]=Configurează setările gunoiului
Comment[ru]=Настройка корзины
Comment[se]=Heivet ruskalihtteheivehusat
Comment[si]=ඉවතලන බඳුන සකසන්න
Comment[sk]=Nastavenie koša
Comment[sl]=Nastavitve za Smeti
Comment[sr]=Подешавање поставки смећа
Comment[sr@ijekavian]=Подешавање поставки смећа
Comment[sr@ijekavianlatin]=Podešavanje postavki smeća
Comment[sr@latin]=Podešavanje postavki smeća
Comment[sv]=Anpassa papperskorgens inställningar
Comment[ta]=அகற்றிட அமைப்பை வடிவமைக்க
Comment[tg]=Танзимоти сабад
Comment[th]=ปรับแต่งการตั้งค่าถังขยะ
Comment[tr]=Çöp ayarlarını yapılandır
Comment[ug]=ئەخلەتخانا تەڭشەك سەپلىمىسى
Comment[uk]=Налаштування параметрів смітника
Comment[vi]=Cấu hình thiết lập thùng rác
Comment[wa]=Apontyî les tchuzes do batch
Comment[x-test]=xxConfigure trash settingsxx
Comment[zh_CN]=配置回收站设置
Comment[zh_TW]=設定資源回收筒

Your Wastebin should now be working after the Razor-qt desktop is restarted.

In these examples is has been assumed that Dolphin is the file manager used because at the moment Andromeda does not support trash:/ To use an alternative file manager edit the Exec= line.

If you use KDE on the same computer you will find that suitable .desktop files already exist. You can make them visible in both KDE and Razor-qt by editing them and changing the line.

OnlyShowIn=KDE;Razor;