Has anyone managed to install Pantheon on Ubuntu 16.04? The dock shows up for me but not the applications menu or indicators. Thanks!

  • Note: For me, Dock, app menu and indicators show up, but I can't type to search in the app menu.
    – user423626
    Jun 1, 2016 at 14:29
  • @BharadwajRaju You could make that an answer. There's a bounty to be had. You can mention which flavor you installed it on and which version.
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 3, 2016 at 14:32
  • @Fiksdal Ah, didn't consider the bounty aspect. Posting.
    – user423626
    Jun 3, 2016 at 14:33

3 Answers 3


Edit: I installed Pantheon on Ubuntu 16.04 a week ago and it has been working fine so far. Though it does freeze up sometimes for a second or two right after I log-in. (Then again, Pantheon wasn't designed and isn't technically compatible for Ubuntu). But other than that, it is working just fine. This is how I installed it:

To install the Panteon desktop on Ubuntu go to the terminal and type, (These are packages from daily and testing PPAs):

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

To install the latest elementary-tweaks:

sudo apt-get install libgconf2-dev libpolkit-gobject-1-dev
git clone https://github.com/elementary-tweaks/elementary-tweaks
cd elementary-tweaks
mkdir build
cd build
sudo make install

// run


To install Pantheon desktop on Ubuntu from the official Elementary OS PPA, type:

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

There you go! Reboot and select Pantheon as your desktop on the login screen!

  • 1
    This question isn't about how to install Pantheon, it is whether anyone has tried it and how well it works.
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 3, 2016 at 9:52
  • Sorry about that. Though I did try Pantheon on a Ubuntu 16.04 PC about a week ago and it's working just fine. I just added that to my answer.
    – user517663
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:31
  • Cool, I've changed my downvote to an upvote. So, you didn't have a single problem? Please add more details if you can.
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:33
  • Not really. Though it does freeze up sometimes right after I log-in. (Then again, Pantheon wasn't designed and isn't technically compatible for Ubuntu). But other than that, it is working just fine.
    – user517663
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:35
  • 1
    About a second or two.
    – user517663
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:49

System: Xubuntu 16.04

DE: Xfce (GNOME is also installed)

Installed: pantheon package from ppa:elementaryos/daily

Results: Nearly fine, but

  • Icons in top bar look too big

  • Menus in top bar have widgets that look too big

  • Cannot type to search in app menu (Slingshot)

  • Some icons are themed with the icon theme selected in GNOME (Numix circle) but rest are unthemed.

  • Big difference between the two answers. Any thoughts?
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 6, 2016 at 17:19
  • 1
    @Fiksdal Most likely because @TheChosenOne99: 1) installed the full elementary-desktop package (I just installed pantheon) and 2) enabled the elementary-os/os-patches repo.
    – user423626
    Jun 6, 2016 at 17:32
  • Ah. Makes sense.
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 6, 2016 at 17:35

The other 2 answers left me hanging. Here are the only installation commands you need to run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install pantheon-files

Then the only way that I could actually find the app was to go into the Applications overlay and search for Files. Note that I also have Nautilus installed (which I was using before) and it also shows up as Files. I had to figure out which was which and add the one corresponding to Pantheon Files to my favorites. Now I don't need to look for it anymore!

I got the commands from: https://codeyarns.com/2013/06/03/how-to-install-pantheon-files-on-ubuntu/

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