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How to install Cinnamon desktop environment on Ubuntu [Guide]

w680 [1]Like Ubuntu but more interested in Linux Mint’s desktop environment? With this guide you can get the best of both worlds by putting Cinnamon on Ubuntu! In no time at all, you’ll be running the Cinnamon desktop environment.

Before We Begin

Cinnamon is the default desktop environment used Linux Mint. It is based on Gnome Shell. This guide will show you how to install Cinnamon on Ubuntu; Cinnamon will be selectable in your desktop manager when you log out.

This guide was specifically written for Ubuntu 13.04 but should work on all versions of Ubuntu.

How To Install Cinnamon On Ubuntu

To install Cinnamon on Ubuntu, do the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo



You can uninstall Cinnamon by doing the commands below in terminal:

NOTE: Before you enter these commands be sure you’ve logged out of Cinnamon and into Unity or any other desktop environment.

sudo apt-get install -y ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get autoremove


With this guide, you’ve learned exactly how to install the Cinnamon desktop environment on Ubuntu, allowing for a more elegant and traditional setup on your PC. Enjoy!