Budgie is the popular desktop environment of the Solus OS distribution. It’s quickly gained in popularity and spread around the Linux world. Debian is no exception. Follow these simple steps to install this popular GNOME variant on Debian.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install Budgie on Debian.
  • How to Start Up Budgie on Debian.
Budgie Desktop on Debian
Budgie Desktop on Debian.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Debian
Software Budgie Desktop Environment
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to Install Budgie

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Install the Budgie Desktop on Debian
Install the Budgie Desktop on Debian.

Budgie is actually available in the Debian repositories for every release, including Stable. You can open up a terminal on Debian and install it with Apt.

$ sudo apt install budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet

How to Start Up Budgie

Select The Budgie Desktop on Debian
Select The Budgie Desktop on Debian.

After the install completes, restart Debian. When you boot back up, click on the page and wrench icon to the upper left of the login screen. Locate Budgie on the resulting drop down menu, and click to select it. Now, log in as you normally would.

When your desktop loads, you’ll be running Budgie.


Budgie is a popular desktop environment that’s made its way to the official Debian repositories. Expect it to continue being maintained over the long term. You’ll continue to see new updates with each release of Budgie and Debian itself.

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