On the basis of the Generalized Beam Theory (GBT), this paper presents an elastic analysis of the distortional critical stress of cold-formed thin-walled lipped channels in combined compression and minor axis bending. The results obtained using the exact analysis presented herein have shown excellent agreement with previous available results. And the accuracy, validity and effectiveness of the presented solution were demonstrated. The calculating process was displayed by an example which can give reference to the research and design. This paper will contribute to the understanding of distortional mechanics in thin-walled members.