GNOME Installation on Arch Linux


Attention!: Before installing GNOME, you must install the Basic Graphical Environment (Xorg) and Video Driver, if you don't have it installed, go to the following guide:

Installation of Basic Graphic Environment and Video Driver.

-11c GNOME installation

To install GNOME with its appropriate plugins:

$ sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-extra

-12d Plugin Installation

-a    Battery applet (for laptops):

$ sudo pacman -S gnome power manager

-a    Appearance setting tool:

$ sudo pacman -S gnome-tweak-tool

-a    Graphic package manager:

$ sudo pacman -S gnome-packagekit

-a    To have GNOME automatically check for updates, we installed the following tools:

$ sudo pacman -S gnome-settings-daemon-updates polkit-gnome

-13d Activate login manager

For a better integration with the desktop it is advisable to use the startup manager GDM.


We activate GDM:

$ sudo systemctl enable gdm.service

Finally we restart the equipment.

$ sudo reboot

Once our system is restarted, we can enjoy GNOME.

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  1.   edgar.kchaz said

    When do we have a Pantheon guide? 😀, I'm dying to know… By the way, does anyone know Evo / Lution? is a "LiveCD Install" of Arch Linux, the great Shadow already talked about it on his blog.

    Great little guide by the way 😉.

    Greetings from Honduras.

      1.    edgar.kchaz said

        I already took a look at it, well, it looks interesting, I do not see this as Arch for dummies or for lazy people, but for people who want their desk now without having to go through that monotonous installation, apart from long, over and over again. every moment according to need.

    1.    Ander said

      Yes please. A guide to installing Pantheon would be great.

      1.    edgar.kchaz said

        As Alejandro comments below, it may not be published, too bad ... But that's what eOS is for directly, even Ubuntu. Although emulating Pantheon from XFCE is enough, at least to pretend 🙂.

    2.    Alexander ponce said

      The installation guide for Pantheon may not be published, this is because it is too incomplete, the basic dependencies of the environment are very few, so much so that when starting it, neither the wallpaper is shown (much less the panel and dock), although installing another environment like Gnome, taking its dependencies stops working (not complete).

      If I publish it, it will be for experimental use, although I can help those interested outside the blog (e-mail).

      Pantheon on Arch Linux:

      1.    edgar.kchaz said

        What a pity, although it was just out of curiosity to try Pantheon in Arch, as an Archkenstain made of several parts xD, well, would you really help by mail? If so, I can bother you a bit ... Thanks in advance for your guides, I I am encouraging to install Arch on my computer but it presents too many problems.

        1.    Alexander ponce said

          Archkenstain hahaha sounds good I have.
          Sure, send your questions to my email (it is at the end of the post), greetings.

      2.    Ander said

        Have you tried it using Alucryd's github packages?

        SigLevel = Optional
        server =$repo/$arch

  2.   Isabel said

    The post is good, but you would have to get out of the habit of using sudo (for obvious reasons) beyond whether or not you use it as an alias, gdm needs to be installed, a -Sy would be missing (arch is updated more often than for example ubuntu) .

    1.    Alexander ponce said

      Thank you for your opinion, regarding this I must say that it is inconsistent.

      Skip sudo ?, please comment only one "reason", (taking into account for basic user use, not root).
      Gdm is included in the Gnome package, so it is not necessary to re-install it (this would be correct in case of using another environment, taking the Gdm package as foreign, very obvious). Regarding «-Sy», with this mentioned I must say that you are correct / incorrect, just as you mentioned: «(for obvious reasons)», the command you mention is only useful in case the user has time without updating the repositories or add / remove any repository, however it is not necessary (I repeat, depending on the user who is so aware of general updates) for its installation of packages, in this case Gnome.


  3.   fernando said

    Excellent tutorial. Thank you.

  4.   Francisco said

    Hello, excellent tutorial, although I get a failure when installing gnome, I install gdm and when I try to enter it gives me an error and returns me to the initial screen, what could it be due to? THANKS

    It has happened to me three times, I will try KDE


  5.   sarchis said

    Hello, recently I installed Arch on my pc with Gnome, and when installing the gnome-packagekit it is not installed with pacman as the guide says, but with Yaourt. Greetings, excellent guide, thank you very much

  6.   Nestor Perez said

    I have a problem with the Terminal does not pick me up I'm with gnome

  7.   Andrew said

    It does not let me start with any user only from console with root

  8.   juan carlos said

    Only in the last commands I had problems, when I installed KDE and then GNOME, I got an error, I've been trying to follow everything to the letter for three days and nothing.

  9.   joselucross said

    hello, I had a problem installing the gnome, after restarting my monitors they could not support the resolution that came by default, how do I fix it

  10.   Magdeoz said

    I installed gnome but when trying to log in it returns me to the home screen, I can only use gnome in wayland but my personal folders (video, music, images…. Etc) do not appear. Any solution to this?

    1.    jason said

      Create them with the command
      mkdir music
      mkdir images

      and the ones you need and that's it, also try to install X-org

  11.   Joseph said

    Thank you so much !!!!

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  13.   Omar said

    I am new to archlinux and I was always a kde user, I would like to try gnome since I have a problem in plasma 5 that I cannot find a solution for. When I turn on my computer and load sddm, I put my user password and the screen goes black and reloads the sddm screen ... and I have to enter the user password up to 7 or 8 times for plasma 5 to start ... It is something very annoying and I can't find a solution, I would like to try gnome. What steps would I have to follow to install gnome and uninstall plasma 5? I followed all the steps in this guide, except where I had to install plasma 5… Any suggestions?

  14.   Miguel said

    Thanks for the contribution even though I have a problem
    Install the graphics and video driver but when I run

    sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-extra
    -bash: sudo: command not found

    you recommend?