Install Gnome on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS Linux

If you are using minimal server Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fosaa, then you can install GNOME desktop environment using command line terminal.

GNOME is the popular Linux desktop environment published under the GNU – GPL, and LGPL. It is simple, user-friendly, and accessible. The desktop and applications are translated into a variety of languages. The programs are based on the GTK + graphics library.

With Ubuntu 22.04, GNOME 3 is set as the default desktop environment in standard GUI Dekstop, however, if you have installed minimal CLI version or any other Ubuntu flavor but now want to get default/minimal/vanilla user interface without reinstalling existing Ubuntu Linux again then here is a tutorial.

What do we learn in this tutorial?

Ubuntu Gnome installation: It is the default customized version of Gnome available in almost all Ubuntu Linux versions with dock, minimizes and maximizes buttons, App indicator, and Adwaita GTK and icon theme.

Gnome Vanilla/Minimal desktop setup: This one is a regular Gnome Desktop offered by its developers and also part of CentOS and other similar Linux distros.


Install Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 Command line Linux

The steps given here are to install Gnome Vanilla as well as the customized one that comes with Ubuntu desktop Linux as default.


System update

Run the system update command first to make sure all the existing packages in your system are up to date. Even the process will refresh the repository cache.

sudo apt update


#Ubuntu Customized Gnome installation:

Install default GNOME full desktop on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04

Well, we don’t need to add anything extra to get the packages to install the default Ubuntu Gnome desktop interface. Just run the given command using the APT package manager and you are done.

sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

Once done restart your system:

sudo reboot


#For Regular minimal version

Command to install minimal GNOME desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04

For those who are not interested in default one, they can go for the light minimal Gnome User interface by following the given command:

sudo apt install gnome-session gnome-terminal

Whereas for Ubuntu Dekstop Gnome, you can use:

sudo install ubuntu-desktop-minimal


After completion of the command, reboot the system to apply changes.

sudo reboot


# To get the full version 

For GNOME Vanilla

sudo apt install vanilla-gnome-desktop vanilla-gnome-default-settings gdm3


Switch Desktop environment

If you have multiple desktop environments installed then to get the Gnome, we have to select it once before login. Click on the username and then select the Gear icon and then select the User interface you want and then enter the password.

Switch Ubuntu 20.04 to Gnome Vanilla

Gnome Vanilla Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jelfish or 20.04 Focal fossa



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