Install Deepin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu [Simple Steps]

install deepin on ubuntu

Developed and maintained by the Wuhan Deepin technology,  Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) is a stylish, visually appealing desktop environment that gives your system a splash of color and sophistication.

While we have Deepin Linux which is based on Ubuntu and natively ships with Deepin Desktop environment,  the Deepin Desktop environment can be installed on various Linux distributions to provide an amazing user experience. Additionally, you get additional Deepin applications such as Deepin terminal, Deepin screenshot, Deepin Image viewer, and Deeping voice recorder to mention a few.

Here are easy steps with screenshots by which you can setup Desktop Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 20.04 and its derivatives like Linux Mint, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, etc.

Step 1:  Add Deepin Desktop PPA

To install Deepin Desktop Environment, you first-of-all need to add the Official PPA by Ubuntu DDE remix team a shown:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntudde-dev/stable

Next, press ENTER to add the repository to your system. Once added, update the package lists as shown.

$ sudo apt update

This should take just a minute or two to complete.

Step 2:  Install Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu and Derivatives

Once you have the Deepin PPA added to your system, Install Deepin Desktop by running the command:

$ sudo apt install ubuntudde-dde

Thereafter, you will be required to select your preferred display manager. For a Deepin themed lock screen, select the lightdm option and hit ENTER.

Set lightdm display manager
Set lightdm display manager

Next, you will get a brief introduction about what a Display manager is and what it does. Once you are done skimming over the information, simply hit ENTER to go along with the installation. My installation took approximately 7 minutes to complete.

Step 3:  Logging in to Deepin

When the installation is complete, restart your Ubuntu system and click on the small gear wheel to select the 'Deepin' Desktop environment.

Select Deepin option
Select Deepin option while logging in

The default user avatar will be displayed. To log in, simply provide your password and hit ENTER.

Deepin Login
Deepin Login Page

There are lots of tweaks that you do with Deepin to change the overall look-and-feel and ultimately suit your preference.

Deepin Desktop
Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu

You can experiment with Deepin's custom applications such as Deepin Image viewer, Screenshot, Video and screen recorder tools just to get a sense of Deepin's dedication towards getting the most out of it.

Deepin custom applications
Deepin custom applications

How to remove Deepin Desktop

Before removing deepin make sure to change the display manager.

To change the display manager, run:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

To remove dde, run:

$ sudo apt remove startdde ubuntudde-dde

Now to remove all dependencies, run:

$ sudo apt autoremove


Hurray, you have successfully installed Deepin Desktop Environment in your Ubuntu or Ubuntu Derivatives. If you wanna try the fully-featured Deepin Desktop and more polished stuff from the project, please feel free to download Deepin Operating System.

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