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If you're running Debian, just type:

 sudo apt install lyx

This will install the packages lyx-common and lyx and you're set!


  • stretch (oldoldstable): 2.2.2
  • stretch with backports (oldstable): 2.3.2
  • buster (oldstable): 2.3.6
  • bullseye (stable): 2.3.6
  • sid (unstable): 2.3.6-1

Please report Debian specific (packaging) bugs to the Debian Bug Tracking System. A list of currently reported bugs is available at http://bugs.debian.org/src:lyx

The official LyX Debian package group wiki site is here: http://wiki.debian.org/PkgLyx.

Small or all inclusive installation?

If you'd like to get a small installation only with the bare minimum of packages you should try to install LyX with

  apt --no-install-recommends install lyx

This will only install LyX with it's bare minimal requirements.

If you'd like to get most out of LyX you should take a look at the packages listed in the 'Recommends and 'Suggests' stanza of the Debian package with

   apt-cache show lyx

and maybe install one or more of them along with LyX. The long description of the package includes a short description of the suggested tools.

Using backports for more up-to-date version

  • One needs to have included backports repository in his apt settings in /etc/apt/sources.list, for debian stretch the added line would be like: deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main
  • update package database: apt update
  • install to current lyx stable: apt -t stretch-backports install lyx

Build your own LyX

Get the sources either as a tarball (see http://www.lyx.org/Download), or fresh from GIT.


Build dependencies do not change that quickly, so you will meet most (or all) of them with

# apt build-dep lyx

Configure, Make, Install

See Compiling


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