I have installed and used Ubuntu, and now I want to try the GNOME desktop environment.

I don't know where to start. Could you give me some guidance?



2 Answers 2


Installing Gnome-Shell

Open a terminal and first of all fetch the latest package informations via

sudo apt update

Then install gnome-shell via the following command

sudo apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

If that finished, logout and back in the login-dialog (most likely lightdm) choose your session type and relogin to a new session - this time using Gnome. enter image description here

You'll find some documentation for the gnome project here.

  • 1
    The package is called ubuntu-gnome-desktop on 16.04 LTS.
    – Videonauth
    Jun 3, 2016 at 22:21
  • @Videonauth: fixed it
    – dufte
    Jun 3, 2016 at 22:25
  • Please mark the thread as solved then & enjoy Gnome. Have fun ;)
    – dufte
    Jun 3, 2016 at 22:36
  • No, there is no such button at least on 16.04, which is what the original poster is using.
    – NoBugs
    Aug 7, 2018 at 7:58
  • @dufte I have installed gnome-shell by following the above, but how do I update it? Aug 20, 2018 at 11:48

Go to the terminal and type this command:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Logoff, then select the Gnome Desktop at the login screen.

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