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Build from source

berry has two main dependencies: The XLib and Xft headers. On Debian based distributions, these can be installed via the following commands:

sudo apt-get install libx11-dev
sudo apt-get install libxft-dev
sudo apt-get install libxinerama-dev

Next, clone and make the respository.

git clone
cd berry
sudo make install

Copy the sample configuration files (assuming you are in the berry directory)

mkdir $HOME/.config/berry
cp examples/sxhkdrc $HOME/.config/berry/sxhkdrc
cp examples/autostart $HOME/.config/berry/autostart

Using a package manager

Some operating systems already provide binaries for berry, for everyone else please read the instructions to build berry from source.

Arch Linux

yay -S berry-git


Grab .deb from barnumbirr/berry-debian, then

dpkg -i berry_<version>_amd64_<debian_version>.deb

GNU Guix

berry is available from Guix R’ Us channel provided by WhereIsEveryone

Once subscribed, run the following command:

guix install berry

Substitutes are available from


pkg install berry


kiss b berry && kiss i berry

Void Linux

sudo xbps-install -S berry

Start berry using a display manager

If you are using a display manager, create a file called berry.desktop in /usr/share/xsessions with the following contents:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=berry - a small window manager