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1.  Installation

If you're running Debian, just type:

sudo apt install lyx

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

1.1  Versions

  • bookworm: 2.3.7
  • bullseye: 2.3.6
  • buster: 2.3.6
  • stretch: 2.2.2
  • stretch with backports: 2.3.2

Please report Debian specific (packaging) bugs to the Debian Bug Tracking System. A list of currently reported bugs is available at

The official LyX Debian package group wiki site is here:

2.  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.

3.  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 stretch-backports main
  • update package database: apt update
  • install to current lyx stable: apt -t stretch-backports install lyx

4.  Build your own LyX

Get the sources either as a tarball (see, or fresh from GIT.

4.1  Dependencies

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

# apt build-dep lyx

4.2  Configure, Make, Install

See Compiling

5.  Installing/compiling very old versions of LyX in Debian

See dedicated page for that: Flashback.


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