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How To Install Xfce On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

The following tutorial will show How to Install Xfce on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. As you know we have several types of environment for Ubuntu 18.04, including Gnome, KDE and Cinnamon. But if you need a lightweight, fast and efficient one, we can offer Xfce. Now let’s take a look on this tutorial.

What is Xfce?

As we mentioned in previous section, Xfce is a fast, lightweight and open-source desktop environment for Linux VPS, which can be works on many other systems like: Mac OS X, Solaris and BSD. We can say it’s a user-friendly and fast user interface.

Using desktop environment in servers is very useful, because we always need a desktop interface for reliable and efficient management. Xfce with the elegant feature of minimal usage of system resources such as RAM, is highly recommended for users.

Xfce Features

Here we are going to explain some features of  Xfce interface:

1. Thunar file manager

2. Xfwm4 Windows manager

3. Has an application manager

4. Has a desktop manager for setting a desktop icon, background image and more.

5. Has a user section manager to deal with logins, power management and so on.

6. Highly pluggable

Requirements to Install Xfce on Ubuntu 18.04

– Access to Ubuntu system as root or through sudo command.

– Have at least 25 GB free space and 5 GB for a minimal installation.

– Access to a DVD or an USB flash driver containing the version of Ubuntu you need

Note: be sure to have a recent backup of your data

Installing Xfce On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

To start the installation procces of Xfce on your Ubuntu system, you need to follow the instruction.

To install Xfce, follow the apt-get command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install xfce4

Now let it to install and once the process is complete, logout of the current session and restart your Ubuntu desktop. Then you can see the login interface. choose the Xfce desktop and login as shown below:

How To Install Xfce On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

The time you login to Ubuntu Xfce desktop, you will see the first start of the panel and a prompt, which will ask you to choose which setup you want to start:

How To start Xfce On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Click the use default config button and that’s it. Now Xfce is your default desktop environment:

How To Install Xfce On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

How to Remove Xfce On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

You may want to remove Xfce interface from your Ubuntu system, so let’s see how we can do that.

you can use the command below to remove Xfce interface:

sudo apt purge xubuntu-icon-theme xfce4-*
sudo apt autoremove


In this tutorial, we tried to provide a useful guide to show how you can install Xfce on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system. I think it was easy to follow. If the proccess goes well you can enjoy using Xfce desktop as one of the best environments for linux. You can comment below on your experience about using Xfce on your Ubumtu 18.04.

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