This section explains how TLP’s settings are organized, the syntax of the parameters used and how to change them.


TLP uses two settings profiles that are applied depending on the power source:

  • Parameters ending on _AC are effective when AC is connected
  • Parameters ending on _BAT are effective when running on battery

Parameters ending neither on _AC nor _BAT apply to both profiles.


Two classes of parameters exist:

  • Parameters with an intrinsic default – preceded by a Default: line in the config file
  • Parameters without default

Syntax notes

  • Parameter values containing blanks must be enclosed in double quotes (“”)
  • Parameters without default may be disabled completely by a leading #
  • Parameters with intrinsic default are documented as Default when unconfigured: - use PARAM=”” to disable them completely
  • Parameter values given here and in the config files may be suggestions rather than defaults

Config Files


Refer to the output of tlp-stat -s to determine the TLP version installed.

TLP 1.3 and higher

TLP 1.3 introduces a new configuration scheme. Settings are read from the following files in the specified order:

  • Intrinsic defaults
  • /etc/tlp.d/*.conf: Drop-in customization snippets, read in lexical (alphabetical) order
  • /etc/tlp.conf: User configuration


  • In case of identical parameters in several but also within the same file, the last occurence has precedence

  • This also means, parameters in /etc/tlp.conf will override anything else because it is read last

  • All parameters in /etc/tlp.conf are disabled, remove the leading # to activate a change

  • Config files in the /etc/tlp.d/ directory are created by the user:

    • Files consist of PARAMETER=”value” entries, comments characterized by # in the 1st column and empty lines
    • Filenames must end in .conf, otherwise the file will be ignored
    • 00-template.conf is provided as an example
  • If you are unsure, put your configuration changes in /etc/tlp.conf

  • Transfer settings when upgrading describes how to migrate your configuration from versions before 1.3

TLP 1.2.2 and lower

All settings are stored in the single config file /etc/default/tlp.

Making Changes

A config file can be changed with any text editor (root privilege is needed). For example:

sudo nano /etc/tlp.conf

All changes must be activated by removing the leading # and, after saving the file, will take effect only

  • after a reboot,

  • plugging or unplugging AC

  • or by the command

    sudo tlp start


When installing upgrades of TLP, the package manager asks for confirmation before overwriting a changed config file with an updated version. Please refer to Does upgrading TLP overwrite my settings?