How To Install GUI Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install GUI Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04

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 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 through the step-by-step installation of GUI Gnome on an Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver server.

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.

Use the command below to install GNOME desktop:

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

After installation, reboot. In the login prompt, choose GNOME:

Install GUI Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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.

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