Install MATE Desktop Environment in Arch Linux

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

In this brief tutorial, we are going to install MATE desktop environment in Arch Linux.

Install MATE Desktop Environment in Arch Linux

First, update your Arch system using command:

pacman -Syu

Then, reboot your Arch system to complete the update and take effect the changes.


Install X Window System (xorg) using command:

pacman -S xorg xorg-server


Now, it’s time to install MATE DE. Open your Terminal and run the following command:

pacman -S mate mate-extra

Press ENTER to install MATE along with all dependencies.


MATE DE has been successfully installed.

Before logging in to MATE DE, we should install any Display manager (Login manager). If you didn’t install display manager, you can’t login to your DE. We can either use the same Display manager for all DE, or we can use different display manager for each DE. It’s upto you.

Install Display manager for our DE

As you probably know, there are many popular display managers available such as GDM, LXDM, LightDM, and MDM etc.

For the purpose of this guide, we are going to install LXDM for MATE DE.

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

pacman -S lxdm


Run the followng commands one by one to start and enable lxdm service on every reboot.

systemctl start lxdm.service
systemctl enable lxdm.service

Done! Let us reboot our Arch system to login to the graphical environment.

To do so, run:


Login to MATE desktop environment

From the MATE DE login screen, select the user and enter its password to login.

Do not forget to select the desktop environment as “MATE” from the Desktop drop down box on the bottom left corner.

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Congratulations! You made it. Here is the MATE DE default look.

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MATE Terminal:

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File manager:

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MATE DE version:

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That’s all for now. Hope it helps.

Cheers! Happy weekend!!

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