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How to install Desktop Environments next to your existing one

by Bryanpwo

I’ve already told you how to install a group, in this section I’m going to give you the specific commands you need to enter to install a specific Desktop Environment and also remove an installed Desktop Environment.


sudo pacman -S gnome

This installs the basic Gnome DE, for the extra’s like games etc. install

sudo pacman -S gnome-extra

The reason why I didn’t put it behind the first command is that you might want to choose which extra packages you want to install on your system. Doing it this way you have a clear overview of which packages you want, without worrying to select a must-needed package by accident. If you don’t mind having the complete extra’s, you can put the two groups in one command. (with a space between the two groups.)

If you want to exclude packages from the DE group you can do so by the following.

Enter a selection (default=all): 1-15 20

In this case it will install packages 1 through 15 and package number 20.

Enter a selection (default=all): ^5-8 ^15

This will install everything that belongs to the DE group, except packages 5 through 8 and package number 15.

For the last two steps I’m going to refer to this one in the other DE sections.


sudo pacman -S deepin deepin-extra

For selecting packages in the deepin-extra group see Gnome.


sudo pacman -S budgie-desktop

Budgie doesn’t have an extra package, but it is recommended that you install the Gnome group as well for a better experience.

sudo pacman -S gnome


sudo pacman -S cinnamon system-config-printer gnome-keyring blueberry cinnamon-translations

The install packages I give you for Cinnamon are recommended, but in my opinion it’s almost mandatory to have a better DE experience.


sudo pacman -S mate mate-extra system-config-printer blueman 

Like Cinnamon the packages I added are recommended, but for a better experience it’s almost mandatory. (my opinion)

KDE Plasma

Installing KDE differs a bit from the other DE’s, since there are a few choices to install it the way you like it.

For a minimal Plasma desktop install

sudo pacman -S plasma-desktop

For a full Plasma desktop install

sudo pacman -S plasma


sudo pacman -S plasma-meta

for the extra packages install

sudo pacman -S kde-applications 


sudo pacman -S kde-applications-meta

And remove qt5ct (tool to configure qt apps in gtk environments)

sudo pacman -R qt5ct

remove the configuration:

sudo nano /etc/environment

comment the line:


to look like this


save the file with [**Ctrl+X**]

To use the Discover installation tool install


Removing an installed DE

To remove a Desktop Environment and its extra group simply use this command.

sudo pacman -Rs package_group_name package_group_name-extra

More detail help on uninstalling an unneeded DE completely here:

Uninstall unneeded DE completely EndeavourOS WIKI

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