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Development of Sugar takes place at Sugar Labs. The OLPC OS 10.1.2 contains version 0.84 of Sugar.

Sugar is the core of the OLPC Human Interface. Its goal is to turn the Laptop into a fun, easy to use, social experience that promotes sharing and learning.

Sugar running on Fedora


Getting Sugar

Sugar is available:

on the XO laptop
If you have an XO-1, it's running Sugar. Read Upgrading the XO to update to the latest version.
as OS images
You can install or upgrade an XO to a new OS image. You can also run a Sugar image using emulation on almost any operating system, including Windows.
as a bootable CD and USB stick
You can download a Sugar on a Stick image file and burn it to a CD, and then boot and run it on almost any x86 PC, including x86 Macintosh.
as packages for common Linux distributions
You can install Sugar as an alternative desktop on several Linux Distributions.
as runnable source code for developers on Linux
Developers on Linux can install from the latest source code using Jhbuild.

Getting started

You can explore the Sugar interface in our Getting Started guide. There are other Getting started resources.

Note the "Frame key" Key frame.jpg at the top-right corner of your keyboard, which toggles the presence of the Frame on and off the screen. (The Frame is the black border around the screen that holds the activity taskbar, clipboard, buddy list, etc.)

You can restart Sugar by pressing the Ctrl-Alt-Erase* keys simultaneously.

  • (the XO laptop doesn't have a typewriter-esque "Backspace" key, but rather a "Erase" key... which is great for erasing things!)


Developers, once you've installed Sugar, you can go on to develop for the environment.

Exploring Sugar

Learning More