I want to install Pantheon desktop environment from elementaryOS on Ubuntu, is that possible?

  • Having no desire to go backwards...with this desktop environment, what is the suitable kernel? Will it run on the 2.38.xxx or the better. Can I install it on 10.04 10.10 11.04 or 11.10? Be it that you answered your own question. Are you able to provide details
    – Ringtail
    May 16, 2012 at 1:19
  • there is no conf.sh in /elementaryos after do the steps described above... ??
    – user274218
    Apr 25, 2014 at 16:29

6 Answers 6


This is answer for newer releases of Ubuntu — 12.04 and up. Remember, use this at your own risk!

  • Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

  • Add the repositories and update the package list:

     sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
     sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/os-patches
     sudo apt update
  • Upgrade your packages...

     sudo apt upgrade
  • ...and install:

     sudo apt install elementary-desktop

After completed installation log out and chose session called Pantheon in LightDM.

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    Not for 12.04 and up, more like only for 12.04.
    – xangua
    Jun 1, 2015 at 14:03
  • If there are some errors please tell me, I stopped using Pantheon a while ago :/
    – user45853
    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:13
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    On Ubuntu 14.10 I get the packet elementary-desktop cannot be found
    – rubo77
    Jun 11, 2015 at 7:17
  • same here elementary desktop cannot be found Feb 24, 2016 at 16:55
  • 1
    Can I install it on a 16.04lts version of Ubuntu? I want to install Elementary Loki Desktop.
    – Reya276
    Oct 11, 2016 at 18:57
  1. Open a terminal window (press Ctrl + Alt + T).

  2. Run these commands line by line in the terminal:

    bzr branch lp:elementaryos
    cd elementaryos
    sudo sh congrego.sh --configure-installed
  3. Logout?Restart and select Pantheon on the login screen.


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    what effect does this have on the system? Can I undo the changes? Can I use both pantheon and gnome in parallel, choosing one at login? Nov 19, 2011 at 12:25
  • @Lightbreeze it is in development so it is a bit risky and can damage your system but yes you can use both in parallel.
    – Lincity
    Nov 19, 2011 at 13:51
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    This seems to want to build the entire elementary os and not just pantheon.
    – nikhil
    Nov 14, 2012 at 10:22
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    @Alaukik can you specify howto just install pantheon on ubuntu 12.10 ? Can't seem to find the instructions anywhere.
    – nikhil
    Nov 14, 2012 at 10:24
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    @J.A.F it's called "congrego.sh" so just run sudo sh congrego.sh --configure-installed
    – Aristides
    Mar 25, 2014 at 20:38

All answers work but they install the unstable builds, so if you want the stable builds use Ubuntu 12.04:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop

Now, after you login to Pantheon Desktop it will still look like regular Ubuntu, to easily modify its appearance install Elementary Tweaks:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks

The Elementary Tweaks app is an icon at the main System Settings. Change all possible entries to elementary at Appearance tab.

You may want to install more apps from Elementary, but with this you get most of it.


I would try their PPA https://launchpad.net/~elementary-os/+archive/daily

To add it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily 

The new dock, Plank, is in its own PPA: and so is its browser:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:midori/midori-dev 


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop plank midori

I havent been able to install beatbox too.

EDIT: Please note that this was written in 2011, and it may or may not be still valid for the latest editions of ubuntu. If anyone has tried it, please report in the comments.

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    This works, but you don't need to install Midori or Docky from their repos. Look at my answer above.
    – user45853
    Mar 11, 2014 at 8:39

All the other answers are, I think, outdated. This question still shows pretty high on some Google searches (that's how I got here), so I'll add this:

I just installed pantheon on Ubuntu 14.04. It's working fine, with just a couple of caveats.

Also, this Ubuntu install has had almost every Desktop Environment under the sun, so it's nothing close to a clean Ubuntu.

Here's how I did it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/os-patches
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/testing
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo apt-get install elementary-theme elementary-icon-theme elementary-default-settings elementary-desktop elementary-tweaks

I'll try to fix what is not working, but it's completely usable. Two exceptions, at least for me on this PC:

  • Elementary's official theme looks broken; other themes for Pantheon I've tried too; Lubuntu-default, Ambiance and Radiance, and Adwaita look fine.
  • Switchboard, the control panel, crashes if I click on certain elements; I can configure anything with the keyboard (tab to move between elements, arrows and space to change their value.)
  • Hotkeys are not the same as in a real Elementary OS, and that's the only thing I can't change on Switchboard; you have the typical Ubuntu hotkeys, which is not that bad. For instance, I prefer switching workspaces with SUPR+LEFT/RIGHT, but this has CTRL+ALT+LEFT/RIGHT.

If I fix those I might remember to update this. If I don't, feel free to remind me.

  • Have you fixed the theme and other issues yet? @jesusiniesta Sep 29, 2015 at 10:53
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    @AboudZakaria Sorry, I gave up long ago.
    – Jk041
    Dec 22, 2015 at 13:46

You can try this:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:elementary-os/daily
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:midori/midori-dev
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:nemequ/sqlheavy
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:ricotz/docky
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -y pantheon-shell pantheon dexter-contacts postler midori lingo beatbox wingpanel plank lightdm-webkit-greeter pantheon-lightdm-theme pantheon-terminal pantheon-xsession-settings contractor slingshot-launcher scratch marlin elementary-theme elementary-icon-theme exe-wrapper ttf-droid footnote maya switchboard plank-theme-pantheon snap feedler switchboard-gnome-control-center preload
  • E: Unable to locate package beatbox E: Unable to locate package exe-wrapper on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Oct 12, 2012 at 11:42
  • It will get the whole elementary OS customizations. Of course you don't clutter your desktop? I only install the core desktop.
    – retrixe
    Sep 15, 2014 at 8:44

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