This page describes how to install the MATE Desktop Environment.


We recommend to use a distribution that already comes with the MATE Desktop pre-installed, such as (but not limited to):

If you already have a Linux distribution installed and want to switch to the MATE Desktop without reinstalling everything, this is still possible. Almost every distribution include the MATE Desktop in their official repositories.

Manual installation

We now describe how to install the MATE Desktop manually from the official repositories of your distribution. The manual install is useful, if you have a distribution without a graphical interface and decided to use the MATE Desktop.

Manual install
If you already have a Desktop Environment installed (like Gnome, KDE, …) and install MATE on top of that, there can be conflicting programs (window manager, screensaver, control centre, …). You can try to remove the old Desktop Environment, but keep in mind that this is not the recommended way to get the best MATE experience.

Install the MATE Desktop Environment with

  • sudo apt install mate-desktop-environment

If you want some extras (such as a menu-editor) you can replace the above command with

  • sudo apt install mate-desktop-environment-extras

You can still install the extras later on if you are not sure about it right now.

If you do not have a desktop environment installed already you might want to install a graphical display manager.

For example you can use LightDM:

  • sudo apt install lightdm lightdm-gtk-greeter

After rebooting you should be able to login to the MATE Desktop.

If you do not want a display manager, you can add mate-session to ~/.xinitrc file.

exec ck-launch-session mate-session

Now can type startx.

Install the MATE Desktop Environment with

  • sudo dnf install mate-desktop-environment

Install the MATE Desktop Environment with

  • sudo pacman -Sy mate-desktop-environment