Install Budgie Desktop Environment in Arch Linux

In our previous post, we wrote about Deepin DE installation in Arch Linux.

In this brief tutorial, we will see how to install Budgie desktop in Arch Linux.

Install Budgie Desktop Environment in Arch Linux

Update your Arch Linux system using command as root user:

pacman -Syu

After updating, reboot Arch Linux to apply the latest updates.


Install X Window System (xorg) using command:

pacman -S xorg xorg-server


Finally, install Budgie desktop using command:

pacman -S budgie-desktop

Press ENTER to install Budgie along with all dependencies.


Budgie DE has been installed. Next, we should install any Display manager (Login manager) to use the graphical environment. If you didn’t install display manager, you can’t login to your DE. We can either use the same Dsiplay manager for all DE, or we can use different display manager for each DE.

Install Display manager for our DE

There are many popular DMs (display manager) are available. Here is the popular graphical DMs used by most Linux operating systems.

  • GDM — GNOME display manager.
  • LightDM — Cross-desktop display manager, can use various front-ends written in any toolkit.
  • LXDM — LXDE display manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment.
  • MDM — MDM display manager, used in Linux Mint, a fork of GDM 2.
  • SDDM — QML-based display manager and successor to KDE4’s kdm; recommended for Plasma 5 and LXQt.
  • XDM — X display manager with support for XDMCP, host chooser.

Let us use LXDM for Budgie DE.

To install LXDM, run the following command from the Terminal:

pacman -S lxdm


Start and enable lxdm service at boot:

systemctl start lxdm.service
systemctl enable lxdm.service

Finally, reboot your Arch system to log in to the Budgie desktop environment.


Log in to Budgie DE

Here is how my Budgie Log in windows looks like. Enter your username and password. And, select the desktop environment as “Budgie desktop” from the Desktop drop down box on the bottom left corner.

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Now, start installing your favorite applications of your choice in your Arch Linux.

Want to install MATE DE in Arch Linux, check the following link.

Happy weekend!


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1 Response

  1. Gabo says:

    Thank you once again! Yet another great tutorial. 🙂

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