How To Install Cinnamon on Debian 10

Install Cinnamon on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cinnamon on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Cinnamon is a free and open-source desktop environment that provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience for the X Window System, derived from GNOME. It strives to be the best desktop environment for Linux by offering speed, flexibility, and a slew of features.

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 through the step-by-step installation of the Cinnamon Desktop Environment on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues
  • 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 Cinnamon on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update

Step 2. Installing Cinnamon on Debian 10.

Now we run the following commands to install Cinnamon:

sudo apt install task-cinnamon-desktop

Be patient since package downloading and installation could take some time. After installation reboots your system:

sudo reboot

Step 3. Accessing Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Debian.

After booting with Cinnamon you’ll realize it is very similar to the classic GNOME, a friendly interface for new Linux users including the menu and taskbars.

Install Cinnamon on Debian 10

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Cinnamon. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Cinnamon Desktop Environment on the Debian system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Cinnamon 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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