How to Install Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

Liquorix Kernel, tailored for optimal performance on Ubuntu systems, offers a compelling alternative to the standard Linux kernel. For those aiming to install Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish or its older stable release Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa, this kernel promises enhanced responsiveness, superior power management, and robust hardware compatibility.

Key Advantages of Liquorix Kernel:

  • Performance Boost: Leveraging the Zen scheduler, the Liquorix kernel ensures heightened responsiveness and overall system performance.
  • Advanced Hardware Support: Stay updated with support for the latest Intel and AMD processors, ensuring your system harnesses the full potential of modern hardware.
  • Efficient Power Management: With features like Intel SpeedStep, the kernel optimizes power usage, extending battery life and reducing energy consumption.
  • Real-time Scheduling: The kernel offers real-time scheduling options for time-sensitive applications, especially low-latency audio.
  • Stability and Reliability: Drawing from the latest stable Linux kernel releases, Liquorix ensures a dependable system experience.
  • Kernel Customization: The sysctl utility allows users to tweak kernel settings, offering a tailored system experience.

Integrating the Liquorix kernel into your Ubuntu setup can significantly elevate your system’s performance and efficiency. The subsequent sections will guide you through installing the Liquorix kernel on Ubuntu using the command line terminal.

The Liquorix Kernel is only compatible with x86_64 processor architecture. Devices like the Raspberry PI, which uses ARMHF or ARM64, are not supported.

Additionally, the Liquorix Kernel does not support secure boot, so it must be disabled before installation.

Install Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 via APT PPA

Step 1: Update Ubuntu Before Liquorix Kernel Installation

Before we begin the installation process, ensuring that your system is up to date with the latest packages is essential. To do this, execute the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

The first command updates the package list, while the second upgrades outdated packages to their latest versions.

Step 2: Import the Liquorix Kernel PPA on Ubuntu

The Liquorix Kernel team offers support through an official Launchpad PPA (Personal Package Archive), making installing and maintaining the kernel easy. Run the following command to import the Liquorix Kernel PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:damentz/liquorix -y

This command adds the Liquorix repository to your system’s sources.list file.

Next, run a quick update to refresh the APT repository cache, which must be done before the installation:

sudo apt update

Step 3: Install the Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 via APT Command

Now that the Liquorix Kernel PPA is available on your system, you can start the installation process. Use the following command to install the Liquorix kernel:

sudo apt install linux-image-liquorix-amd64

After the installation is complete, reboot your system to activate the newly installed Liquorix kernel:


Step 4: Verify the Liquorix Kernel Installation on Ubuntu

Once your system has restarted, you can verify that the Liquorix kernel is active by checking the output of the /proc/version file. Use the following command to display its contents:

cat /proc/version

Example output:

Linux version 6.x.x-x-liquorix-amd64

The output should display the Liquorix kernel version, which may vary depending on the current version available in the PPA.

Screenshot showing Liquorix Kernel installed on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 with Neofetch output.Pin
Proof of successful Liquorix Kernel installation on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04, as displayed by Neofetch.

Additional Liquorix Kernel Commands on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

Update Liqourix Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

To ensure that the Liquorix kernel remains up-to-date, you should periodically run the apt update and upgrade commands, as you used the APT package manager to install the kernel.

Run the command “apt update” to check for updates on packages managed by APT.

sudo apt update

If updates are available, use the following command to upgrade all packages, including the Liquorix kernel.

sudo apt upgrade

Remove Liqourix Kernel From Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

If you have decided not to continue using the Liquorix kernel and wish to remove the PPA, use the following command.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:damentz/liquorix -y

Note that you must specify the exact name of the Linux image and header package to remove them. You can find the names by running the following command.

dpkg --list | grep `uname -r`
List of exact Liquorix Kernel package names for Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04.Pin
Detailed list showcasing the specific Liquorix Kernel packages available for Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04.

To remove the kernel packages, use the provided command, which should cover all versions of Liquorix. However, modify the command to match the kernel version in your output if necessary.

sudo apt-get autoremove linux-image-*.*.-*.*-liquorix-amd64 linux-headers-*.*.*-*.*-liquorix-amd64 --purge
Procedure to remove Liquorix Kernel from Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04.Pin
Step-by-step screenshot guide on removing the Liquorix Kernel from Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04.

While removing the Liquorix Kernel, you may encounter a prompt asking for confirmation to proceed with the removal.

Prompt warning about the removal of Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04.Pin
System prompt seeking confirmation for the uninstallation of Liquorix Kernel from Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04.

During the removal process for the Liquorix Kernel, a warning message may appear about not having a fallback Linux Kernel to rely on during a reboot. Selecting “No” to proceed with the removal process is essential.

Once you have removed the Liquorix kernel, run the following command to ensure the generic Linux Kernel is installed. You can change this later on for users wanting something else.

sudo apt install linux-image-generic

Now restart your PC to finalize the removal of Liquorix.


To confirm that the Liquorix kernel has been successfully removed, you can check the installed kernel version using a command like “cat /proc/version” and compare the output to the version of the Liquorix kernel you had previously installed.

cat /proc/version

Example output if the default kernel is restored:

Linux version 5.x.x


In conclusion, installing the Liquorix kernel on Ubuntu is a simple process that can significantly improve users’ performance. However, if you are unsatisfied with the results or experience any issues, you may want to consider an alternative kernel such as Xanmod. Ultimately, the choice of the kernel will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It is essential to keep in mind that kernels are constantly updated, so staying up to date with the latest version can ensure optimal performance.

For more information on Liquorix Kernel, visit the Liquorix Kernel features information page.

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