Downloading xLights

The latest release of xLights for Ubuntu Linux can be found at the following link: For other Linux distributions, an AppImage executable is available at: You can also download the source from and compile as per the included README.linux file.(not recommended)

Installing xLights

PPA Option

  1. Add the xLights package archive by running "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-debenham/xlights" in a terminal window.

  2. Update the list of available packages and then install xlights by then running "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get install xlights".

  3. To enable automatic timing markers you will need to install the Queen Mary Vamp plugins. They can be downloaded from Once downloaded extract the plugins and copy the files, and qm-vamp-plugins.n3 to either $HOME/vamp/ or /usr/lib/vamp/

AppImage Builds

  1. Download the latest "xLights-xxxx.xx.glibc2.17-x86_64.AppImage" file from:

  2. Set the AppImage file as an executable (for example ‘chmod +x ./xLights-xxxx.xx.glibc2.17-x86_64.AppImage’) and then run the file directly.