Install Elementary OS Pantheon DE on Ubuntu 14.04

Pantheon is the default desktop environment originally created for the elementary OS distribution. It is written from scratch using Vala and the GTK3 toolkit. With regards to usability and appearance, the desktop has some similarities with GNOME Shell and Mac OS X. Because elementary OS itself was built from the same core as Ubuntu LTS versions, installing Pantheon Desktop Environment becomes much easier on the different versions of Ubuntu derivatives.


As noted by the developers, there are changes and updates to Elementary OS meaning newer libraries are included and updated than the Ubuntu libraries, hence you may run into issues or hit a bug when and while using pantheon desktop environment on Ubuntu OS.

Install Elementary OS Pantheon Desktop Environment

[box type=”danger” icon=”info”]Please note that this PPA is sorely for test purposes, so do not install this on your production system. Follow the instructions step by step to successfully install the DE on Ubuntu 14.04[/box]

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/testing

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop

Logout and on ligthdm login screen, select Pantheon DE and login



– To fix the wallpaper bug

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.background active true

– To get all indicators into wingpanel, locate the line “OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;” and add “Pantheon;” like this OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;Pantheon;

sudo gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator*

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Just noticed that there is no logout or reboot options. Yet to figure out how to enable these options, but for now had to logout via the terminal with command



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