How To Install Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The Budgie Desktop is one of the latest and most modern Gnome-based desktops that gives a minimal and elegant desktop experience and is available for all major Linux distributions. Written in C and Gnome based, the Budgie desktop is developed by the Solus project and is now integrated with Ubuntu Budgie.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Budgie desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install apt-transport-https gnupg2

Step 2. Installing Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, Budgie is not available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the Budgie desktop environment on your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

During installation, you need to choose your preferred display manager. Choose ‘lightdm‘ option to enjoy a full Ubuntu Budgie desktop experience.

Install Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

After the process is finished, run the following command in Terminal to reboot the system:


Step 3. Accessing Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu.

After the system is rebooted, you will be then greeted by the Budgie login screen. Enter your password to go into the home screen. If you want to use the Ubuntu Gnome, again log out, and while login click on the gear icon to select the default Ubuntu LDE.

Install Budgie Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Budgie Desktop. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Budgie desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Budgie Desktop website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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