Installing Activities

You can install new and different Activities, which you can download and install from a web site, your school server, a USB storage device, or an SD card.

There are two ways to install new activities:

Installing from a web site

  1. In the Home view, click Browse.


  2. At the top of the page, type and then press Enter.

  3. On the Activities page, look for a new Activity such as the Puzzle game.


  4. Click the name of the file that you want. Activity files usually end in ".xo".

  5. On the next page, click the download link.


  6. When the download is complete, click "OK".


  7. In the Frame, click the Journal to launch the Journal Activity.


  8. From the Journal Activity, click the .xo file to preview it.
  9. In the preview page, click the circle with a square in it.
    This installs and starts the Activity.  It adds a new icon to the Activities list mode in the Home view.
    Enjoy your new Activity!


Installing an activity from a USB storage device

  1. Insert the USB device.
  2. Start the Terminal Activity from the Home view.
  3. At the prompt, type:
    sugar-install-bundle /media/<USB device name>/<filename.xo>
    (Substitute the actual name of the USB device in place of "<USB device name>" in the command, and the actual path and filename of the .xo file in place of "<filename.xo>".)
    Sugar will install the Activity.

Tip: To determine the name of your USB device, you can go to the Journal Activity and read the name from the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Installing a set of Activities

Activities are downloaded separately from the base Sugar user interface. To install a set of Activities on an OLPC XO-1 laptop:

  1. Download
  2. Unzip onto an empty USB device.
  3. Create a directory called "bundles" on the USB device.
  4. Download the activities .xo and .xol files that you want to include. (A sample set of Activities is found at
  5. Copy these .xo and .xol files into the bundles subdirectory on the USB device.
  6. Shut down your XO-1 laptop.
  7. Insert the USB device into your XO-1 laptop.
  8. Start up the XO-1 laptop. The set of activities from the USB device are installed automatically. 

Author : InstallingActivities
© Aaron Konstam 2008
adam hyde 2008
Anne Gentle 2008
David Farning 2008
Janet Swisher 2008
Morgan Collett 2008
Walter Bender 2008

License : General Public License

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