Xubuntu 21.04 released!

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 21.04.

Xubuntu 21.04, codenamed Hirsute Hippo, is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until January 2022. If you need a stable environment with longer support time we recommend that you use Xubuntu 20.04 LTS instead.

The final release images are available as torrents and direct downloads from xubuntu.org/download/.

As the main server might be busy in the first few days after the release, we recommend using the torrents if possible.

Xubuntu Core, our minimal ISO edition, is available to download from unit193.net/xubuntu/core/ [torrentmagnet]. Find out more about Xubuntu Core here.

We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to this release of Xubuntu!

Highlights and Known Issues


  • Xfce 4.16: This is Xubuntu’s first release with the new Gtk3-only Xfce 4.16, which features a year’s worth of updates and fixes.
  • New Software: Xubuntu now comes pre-installed with HexChat and Synaptic to provide easy IRC communication and advanced package management.
  • Minimal Install: You can now install a minimal version of the Xubuntu desktop through the ubiquity installer.
  • UX Tweaks: A number of User Experience (UX) tweaks were made on the desktop, application menu, panel, keyboard shortcuts and file manager.

Known Issues

  • The boot decryption password prompt is sometimes not displayed. Press Escape twice to reveal the prompt (1917062).

For more obscure known issues, information on affecting bugs, bug fixes, and a list of new package versions, please refer to the Xubuntu Release Notes.

The main Ubuntu Release Notes cover both many of the other packages we carry and more generic issues.


For support with the release, navigate to Help & Support for a complete list of methods to get help.