How To Install Cinnamon on Debian 9

Install Cinnamon on Debian 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cinnamon on your Debian 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Cinnamon is an open-source project that provides users with a full-featured desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. It is a fork of the GNOME Shell user interface distributed with the GNOME project. It has been designed from the ground up to provide users with a traditional, yet advanced and modern graphical session for their Linux-based operating systems. It’s usually deployed on the Linux Mint distribution.

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 Cinnamon Desktop Environment on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.

Install Cinnamon on Debian 9 Stretch

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Cinnamon Desktop Environment on a Debian.

Use the following command will install Cinnamon:

apt-get install cinnamon

To check the installed version of Cinnamon, please issue the below command on your terminal to check whether Cinnamon is installed or not:

cinnamon --version

Step 3. Accessing Cinnamon.

If everything goes OK, log out and select log in with Cinnamon session or Cinnamon (Software Rendering) session if you want it to use software rendering to do more of the graphical work):

Install Cinnamon on Debian 9 Stretch

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Cinnamon. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Cinnamon Desktop Environment on the Debian 9 Stretch server. 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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