How To Install XFCE GUI In Debian 9 Linux

By default a full installation of Debian 9 Linux will have the graphical user interface (GUI) installed and it will load up after system boot, however if we have installed Debian without the GUI we can always install it later, or otherwise change it to one that is preferred.

This quick guide will cover how to install the XFCE4 Desktop on Debian 9 Stretch, which will provide a GUI for working with the Linux system. While I don’t suggest using a GUI on a production server, it’s a good option if you’re using Debian as a desktop.

Debian 9 Stretch - XFCE Desktop

Debian 9 Stretch – XFCE Desktop

Install XFCE GUI in Debian

While there are many different graphical user interfaces available for Linux, in this example we will be using XFCE.

We can install the XFCE packages with the command shown below.

[email protected]:~# apt-get install xfce4

In my installation 45 new packages were required taking up 56MB of space.

If you’ve already got a display manager installed, as I do in this demonstration, you’ll be advised that only one can run at a time.

Debian - One Display Manager

I then selected lightdm for the default display manager.

Default display manager lightdm

After a system reboot at the login screen, select Xfce Session as shown below, and login.

Debian 9 Stretch XFCE Session

You’ll then be presented with the XFCE Desktop.

Summary

As shown we can easily install XFCE packages in Debian 9 Stretch Linux, which will provide us with a graphical user interface that can be used for managing and interacting with the system.

  1. Please Help
    This not working .
    While in run this command :
    apt-get install xfce4
    Th Debian Show this message:-
    Unable to locate package xfce4

    • It’s maybe too late but if you get this error message “Unable to locate package…” it’s because the repository or source you’ve chosen is not online. Never choose the repo from Texas, it always fails me. For reference, I leave an example sources list at the end of this reply.

      To modify the sources list, become root
      #su root
      then backup the current sources list (only if it’s not messed up)
      #cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.bak
      and finally open the sources list
      #nano /etc/apt/sources.list

      There is also a website that helps in generating your sources list
      https://debgen.simplylinux.ch

      Sources list (/etc/apt/sources.list) example:

      # free and non-free sources available
      deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main contrib non-free
      deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main contrib non-free

      deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch-updates main contrib non-free
      deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch-updates main contrib non-free

      deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
      deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free

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