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How to install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04?

Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install XFCE in Ubuntu 20.04. The process is quite simple and can be useful if you want to remove GNOME or if you want to try it at a home server.

We already know that XFCE is a wonderful desktop environment. That’s why many people prefer it over GNOME or Plasma, but it’s also the environment that novice users use to run private home servers. Be careful, you should never install a graphical interface on production servers.

But this post can be useful for certain people who need it and therefore the information.

Install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04

The most recommended way to install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04 is to do it using tasksel. Probably you already have it installed, but in case you don’t, run it:

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sudo apt install tasktel

Once you have it installed, you can discover new options. However, what we need to do to install XFCE is to run the following command

sudo tasksel install xubuntu-desktop

This is where the whole process of downloading and installing the desktop environment begins.

Install xfce on Ubuntu 20.04
Install xfce on Ubuntu 20.04

If you are installing XFCE on your system with GNOME, two windows will appear indicating the lightdm configuration. It’s all very simple, just accept the program and then choose XFCE as the default display manager.

Once the installation is complete you will receive the next screen output on the terminal.

Extracting templates from packages: 100%

All that is left to do is to restart the system and log in with your username and password.

Xfce login screen
Xfce login screen

Once you have done this, you will be able to enjoy your XFCE ready for battle.


Many people like to have several operating systems on their computer and do this to test them and to feel more comfortable. Although it is not always a good practice the fact is that in Ubuntu it is possible to install Xfce next to GNOME or just on a home server

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