How to install Cinnamon desktop on Elementary OS distro

If you are using Elementary OS for some time now and don’t want to uninstall to get Linux Mint’s Cinnamon Desktop environment, then simply install it without removing Pantheon.

I totally agree that Elementary OS’ Pantheon is quite beautiful, however, it is not rich and easy to use for users who are shifting from Windows operating systems. For them, Cinnamon on Linux will like a back to the home thing.

Cinnamon Desktop is not only user-friendly but also comparatively easy to understand & use for beginners. Unlike Elementary, we can customize it with help of the various officially available themes and widgets by the Mint community.

Steps to install Cinnamon desktop on Elementary OS Linux

The steps given here are also applicable for other similar Ubuntu operating systems. Also, this process will not take much space. Here we are using the elementary 5.1.7 Hera.


  • A non-root sudo user
  • Access to the internet connection

System Update

Go to Elementary “Applications” and search for Terminal to run commands. Now, the first thing we should do is the system update for that use-

sudo apt update


Install Cinnamon GUI Desktop

To install the Cinnamon desktop we don’t need to add any third-party repo, because of the Ubuntu-based Linux distro, the package for this desktop environment is available in the official repo.

sudo apt install cinnamon

Command to install Cinnamon elementary 5

Log out Elementary OS’s user

Once the installation gets completed, click on the Turn off icon and log out the current user of your Elementary OS. Alternatively, we can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctlr+ALT+Del.

Log out current user


Select Cinnamon on Elementary

Now, before login click on the gear icon, there you will see all the desktop environments available to use on your Elementary OS. Select the Cinnamon, enter the user password, and click on the login arrow.

Select Cinnamon desktop on login

Install New Themes

We can change the default theme by downloading a new one. For that click on the start menu and find the Themes option.

  • Select Add/Remove Tab
  • Download the available and apply the same.
  • Now, under the Themes Tab, select the themes available in front of the Desktop.

By default there would not be any desktop background, thus, select any image you would like to have as desktop wallpaper on your system.

Change the look of Elementary using themes

Install Themes for Cinnamon


Elementary Hera Cinnamon desktop envrionment on Elementary OS


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