How to Install Power Saving Tool ‘TLP’ 1.0 in Ubuntu 16.04/17.10

Last updated: December 7, 2017

TLP is an advanced power management tool for Linux. Here’s how to install the latest 1.0 release in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives via PPA.

TLP is a command line tool with automated background tasks. It comes with a default configuration (/etc/default/tlp) already optimized for battery life, so you may just install and forget it. Nevertheless TLP is highly customizable to fulfil your specific requirements.

How to Install TLP 1.0 in Ubuntu:

While Ubuntu Software only provide an old version, you can always install the latest TLP from its official PPA. So far Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 17.10 are supported.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcuts or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp

Input your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit enter

2. If you’ve installed an old version for Ubuntu Software, launch Software Updater to upgrade it.

or simply run following commands one by one to install (or upgrade) TLP:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tlp

Once installed, TLP runs silently as background tasks. You may change the default settings by editing /etc/default/tlp, or use command line tools to specify your requirement. Read the full documentation.


To remove tlp, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove tlp

To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.


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One response to How to Install Power Saving Tool ‘TLP’ 1.0 in Ubuntu 16.04/17.10

  1. There’s a GTK UI for it, too: TLPUI.