How to Install XFCE desktop in Debian 11

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Xfce or XFCE is a free and open-source desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like operating systems. It is a lightweight, highly customizable desktop environment for the Linux platform.

Xfce aims to be fast and lightweight while still being visually appealing and easy to use. Xfce embodies the traditional Unix philosophy of modularity and re-usability. It consists of separately packaged parts that together provide all functions of the desktop environment, but can be selected in subsets to suit user needs and preference. Another priority of Xfce is adherence to standards, specifically those defined at freedesktop.org.

Many Linux users choose to use it over other flashy options as it stays out of the way and uses very little memory. In this article, we’ll try to install it to a Debian 11 system.

XFCE Installation in Debian 11

To install the XFCE desktop on a Debian 11 system we can use the apt install command. XFCE package is defined as "task-xfce-desktop" meta-package. This meta-package will pull in the desktop, along with various XFCE apps.

$ sudo apt install task-xfce-desktop

Apt Install task-xfce-desktop

Apt Install task-xfce-desktop

After typing the command and press "Enter", it will ask for confirmation. We can press "Y" followed by "Enter" to continue with installation.

The system will then downloads all required packages and installed all of them. This process could take few minutes, depends on your internet connection speed. Once the XFCE installation finished, let's restart the machine.

$ sudo shutdown -r now

Once the system back online, you'll greeted by a login screen. Login using your credential as usual.

Login Screen

XFCE Desktop

Voila! We've successfully installed XFCE 4 to our Debian 11 system.

Final Words

I hope that you now know how to install XFCE 4 in Debian 11. If you run into any issues or have any feedback feel free to drop a comment below.

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