When I installed Ubuntu 19.10, I chose the "Minimal Installation" option. I figured that the default programs (that are regularly installed with Ubuntu) would be accessible from some meta-package afterwards, but I have yet to find it.

Is there such a meta-package or other way to install the default Ubuntu 19.10 programs without re-installing whole system?

  • Are you familiar with how to use apt?
    – user535733
    Feb 28, 2020 at 18:39
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    @user535733 Yes. I'm just hoping I can do something like apt install ubuntu-full instead of apt install thunderbird transmission rythmbox....
    – ATLief
    Feb 28, 2020 at 18:46

3 Answers 3


The metapackage you seek is ubuntu-desktop.

This will give you most of the stock Ubuntu Desktop, minus some applications:

$ sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

This will give you the complete stock Ubuntu Desktop with all applications installed from the Desktop image:

$ sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop --install-recommends
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    ubuntu-desktop is already installed. And I don't think it includes the default apps like transmission and rythmbox.
    – ATLief
    Feb 28, 2020 at 19:02
  • Edited the question to clarify.
    – user535733
    Feb 28, 2020 at 19:24

First, open the terminal and enter

sudo apt remove ubuntu-desktop

Next, enter this command, this will install most of the apps and packages which are installed with the normal installation.

sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

Hope this helps :)

  • Thanks for the reply, but this doesn't quite answer the question. This will only install the recommended packages (in addition to the required ones) of that meta-package if that is configured in the Apt settings, which you shouldn't assume. Anyway, the full answer has been submitted by someone else.
    – ATLief
    Apr 10, 2021 at 14:51

Based in other responses but using other strategy:

  1. sudo apt-get update
  2. sudo apt-get install --install-recommends xorg xterm
  3. sudo apt install --install-recommends firefox
  4. sudo apt install --reinstall --install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

Maybe the 1 and 4 are enough, but I put the other dependencies if needed.

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