How to Install MATE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

Install MATE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure MATE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Ubuntu MATE or Ubuntu with MATE desktop environment is one of the official projects of some Ubuntu variants. MATE itself is a desktop environment for the development of GNOME 2 or the classic gnome. If you’ve ever used the classic GNOME desktop environment, you’ll be instantly familiar with this desktop environment.

Install MATE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install MATE Desktop on Ubuntu system.

To install Ubuntu MATE, enter the following command:

sudo apt install ubuntu-mate-desktop

This will take a little while because it has to download and install a lot of packages. During the installation process, you will be prompted for the display manager of your choice: gdm or lightdm.

Once done installed, restart your system and you will see more than one option in the login screen. Select the Mate desktop and start using your new desktop environment in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

That’s all you need to do to install MATE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.