In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GUI Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Installing the GNOME desktop on Ubuntu is fairly straightforward. Most Ubuntu servers are run on CLI (Command-Line Interface) mode. But in some cases, one may need to have a desktop to install some applications with GUI (Graphic User Interface) mode. In this case, we will use Gnome, the most popular user-friendly desktop for any UNIX-based system.
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 GUI Gnome on an Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)
- 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).
non-root sudo useror 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 GUI Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing GUI Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04.
Now run the command below to install the GNOME desktop to your Ubuntu system:
sudo apt install gnome-session gdm3
Before we can switch to the new desktop and theme, we need to install the Vanilla Gnome theme:
sudo update-alternatives --config gdm3.css
Step 3. Accessing GUI Gnome on Ubuntu Linux.
After installation complete, reboot. In the login prompt, choose GNOME:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Gnome. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GUI Gnome in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Gnome website.