How to Install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04

Install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure XFCE 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.

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user-friendly. Xfce is full of great features that make it easy to use. It consumes minimal memory and CPU, making it lightweight and fast compared to other Linux desktops, like GNOME and KDE.

Install XFCE 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 XFCE on the Ubuntu system.

Now you can install the XFCE desktop environment with the following command:

sudo apt install xfce4
It will take a while. During the installation, I was asked about the display manager, I chose lightdm which is supposed to be the default display manager for Xubuntu. Once installed, restart your system:
sudo reboot

When the reboot process finishes successfully, you can press the settings menu. Then select the Xfce session option to start the Xfce desktop.

Install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04

That’s all you need to do to install XFCE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on XFCE lightweight desktop environment, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.