LispWorks Personal Edition is cross-platform development tool for Common Lisp.
I'm going to write and share a simple complex guide, how to install and configure LispWorks Personal Edition on Debian-like 64bit systems (amd64 architecture). The procedure will be similar on all other 64bit distributions, but with the use of specific package managers and package names.
If you don't have sudo installed, run commands as root.
1. Enable multiarch
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 sudo apt update
2. Download and install LispWorks
Open this url, fill in the form below, and follow Installation using tar files.
Default installation path is
Installation will not create desktop launcher integrated in system. If you need launcher, point 5 in this guide will help you.
3. Install dependencies
Following package is necessary for the proper running of the program.
sudo apt install libgtk2.0-0:i386
Next packages allow you change GTK theme for LispWorks.
sudo apt install gnome-themes-extra:i386 gtk-chtheme:i386
4. Choose your system-wide GTK theme
Run this as normal user in terminal:
and choose theme which you want.
5. Create desktop launcher (optional)
Execution path will be:
6. Set icons-only for LispWorks toolbars (optional)
Launch LispWorks and for a better look you can select in top panel Works / Customize / Toolbar and here in Display select-box choose Image. You must do this for all windows you use. Toolbars will have more compact look.
7. Configure environment (optional)
Go to Works / Tools / Preferences / Environment and in the Emulation tab choose Editor keys like KDE/Gnome and in the File Encoding tab select in both left select-boxes UTF-8.
I'm currently trying to find a way to change the icon-theme in LispWorks.