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The Serenity Operating System 🐞

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Graphical Unix-like operating system for x86 computers.

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SerenityOS is a love letter to '90s user interfaces with a custom Unix-like core. It flatters with sincerity by stealing beautiful ideas from various other systems.

Roughly speaking, the goal is a marriage between the aesthetic of late-1990s productivity software and the power-user accessibility of late-2000s *nix. This is a system by us, for us, based on the things we like.

I (Andreas) regularly post raw hacking sessions and demos on my YouTube channel.

Sometimes I write about the system on my blog.

I'm also on Patreon and GitHub Sponsors if you would like to show some support that way.


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Kernel features

  • x86 (32-bit) and x86_64 (64-bit) kernel with pre-emptive multi-threading
  • Hardware protections (SMEP, SMAP, UMIP, NX, WP, TSD, ...)
  • IPv4 stack with ARP, TCP, UDP and ICMP protocols
  • ext2 filesystem
  • POSIX signals
  • Purgeable memory
  • /proc filesystem
  • Pseudoterminals (with /dev/pts filesystem)
  • Filesystem notifications
  • CPU and memory profiling
  • SoundBlaster 16 driver
  • VMWare/QEMU mouse integration

System services

  • Launch/session daemon (SystemServer)
  • Compositing window server (WindowServer)
  • Text console manager (TTYServer)
  • DNS client (LookupServer)
  • Network protocols server (RequestServer and WebSocket)
  • Software-mixing sound daemon (AudioServer)
  • Desktop notifications (NotificationServer)
  • HTTP server (WebServer)
  • Telnet server (TelnetServer)
  • DHCP client (DHCPClient)


  • C++ templates and containers (AK)
  • Event loop and utilities (LibCore)
  • 2D graphics library (LibGfx)
  • OpenGL 1.x compatible library (LibGL)
  • GUI toolkit (LibGUI)
  • Cross-process communication library (LibIPC)
  • HTML/CSS engine (LibWeb)
  • JavaScript engine (LibJS)
  • Markdown (LibMarkdown)
  • Audio (LibAudio)
  • Digital Signal Processing/Synthesizer Chains (LibDSP)
  • PCI database (LibPCIDB)
  • Terminal emulation (LibVT)
  • Out-of-process network protocol I/O (LibProtocol)
  • Mathematical functions (LibM)
  • ELF file handling (LibELF)
  • POSIX threading (LibPthread)
  • Higher-level threading (LibThreading)
  • Transport Layer Security (LibTLS)
  • HTTP and HTTPS (LibHTTP)
  • IMAP (LibIMAP)

Userland features

  • Unix-like libc and userland
  • Shell with pipes and I/O redirection
  • On-line help system (both terminal and GUI variants)
  • Web browser (Browser)
  • C++ IDE (HackStudio)
  • Desktop synthesizer (Piano)
  • E-mail client (Mail)
  • Various desktop apps & games
  • Color themes

How do I read the documentation?

Man pages are available online at These pages are generated from the Markdown source files in

and updated automatically.

When running SerenityOS you can use

for the terminal interface, or
for the GUI.

How do I build and run this?

See the SerenityOS build instructions

Before opening an issue

Please see the issue policy.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

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Join our Discord server: SerenityOS Discord



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SerenityOS is licensed under a 2-clause BSD license.

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