In this guide we will manually install graphical User Interface (GUI) on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8 Linux. Please note that KDE GUI has been officially dropped as of RHEL 8 / CentOS 8.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install GUI on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8
  • How to start GUI on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8
GNOME - Default GUI on RHEL 8 Linux Workstation.
GNOME - Default GUI on RHEL 8 Linux Workstation.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Software N/A
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 start GUI on redhat-8-start-gui Linux step by step instructions


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  1. If you have not done so yet, install the GNOME desktop environment. Follow our guide on how to install GNOME desktop on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8 Linux or simply execute:
    # dnf groupinstall workstation
    
  2. (Optional) Enable GUI to start after reboot.
    # systemctl set-default graphical.target
    
  3. Start GUI on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8 without the need for reboot by using the systemctl command:
    # systemctl isolate graphical
    
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