How To Install XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11

Install XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be quick and light on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. Unlike GNOME and KDE desktops which are heavier, but XFCE uses fewer system resources.

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 XFCE on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

Install XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11 Bullseye

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11.

By default, XFCE is available on the Debian 11 base repository. Now run the following command below to install XFCE on your Debian system:

sudo apt install task-xfce-desktop

During installation, you will be prompted to choose the default display manager, here we go with lightdm and press the TAP key to select ok.

Once successfully installed, now reboot/restarting your Debian system:

reboot

Step 3. Accessing XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian.

After restarting the computer, select a user to log in, then click the icon which is lower-right and select [Xfce Session] like follows:

Install XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed XFCE. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of  XFCE Desktop Environment on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official XFCE website.

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