Linux needs no introduction. It is the most popular Unix based Operating System out there. Following are descriptions about installing Xfce on some of the major Linux Distributions.


To test out Xfce in Ubuntu you can use Xubuntu.

Alternatively, you can download Ubuntu from and type the following command into terminal

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

If you want to use stock Xfce (which is highly recommended), you can use the following description.

Installing Xfce on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS involves three main steps :

  1. Opening up terminal
  • Click on the dash icon
Click on Dash Icon

Click on the dash icon

  • Now search for the terminal software. Click on the terminal icon to open the terminal application.
Search for terminal application software

Search and find the terminal application

  1. Entering the command to install Xfce

Once the terminal application opens up you need to enter the following command to install Xfce:

sudo apt-get install xfce4 xfce4-goodies

You may be prompted to enter your pasword and authenticate your install.

Type in command to install Xfce

Enter the command to install Xfce

You will need to be connected to the Internet to begin the installation. Once you authenticate, Ubuntu will begin downloading and installing Xfce on your computer.

Downloading and installing Xfce

Downloading and installing Xfce

On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, you may be prompted to answer a question about hddtemp during installation. Please do not worry about this and press ENTER to select the default “No” option.

  1. Logging out, selecting and logging into Xfce
  • Now, if you want to use your brand new Xfce installation, please log out.


  • Click on the Ubuntu icon.
Click on Ubuntu icon

Click on Ubuntu Icon

  • Click on Xfce Session
Select Xfce Session

Click on Xfce Session Icon

  • Enter your password and log into Xfce

Log into Xfce

  • When logging in, select “Use Default Configuration” to get the standard Xfce desktop.
Default Xfce configuration

Xfce Desktop.

Voila! You have entered the default Xfce desktop.