How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

The Pantheon Desktop Environment is a free, lightweight, fast, and elegant desktop environment that stands out amongst most of its competitors in this field. Pantheon is the default featured desktop environment for elementaryOS, taking inspiration from macOS and combining it with one of the most visually appealing desktops around and a bonus for any macOS users who want to plunge into Linux.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 36 Workstation desktop using the command line terminal along with some tips and a quick first look at the desktop environment.

Increase DNF Download Speed

When installing desktop environments or packages that have extensive packages/dependencies required, it can often be slow. A fast way to fix many of these issues is to increase your DNF download speed by enabling parallel downloads and mirrors.

Please visit my tutorial on achieving this with Fedora 36 > How to Increase DNF Speed on Fedora 36 Linux.

Update Fedora

First, ensure that your system is up-to-date, as this is essential when installing secondary desktop environments with the following command.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Pantheon Desktop Environment

The Pantheon Desktop Environment is featured in Fedora 36’s repositories making the installation relatively straightforward. To begin the installation, use the following command.

sudo dnf group install "Pantheon Desktop" -y

The installation should not take long as it is lightweight unless you have a slow internet connection or hardware. Once the installation has finished, you need to reboot your PC.

This can be done quickly while still in your terminal using the following command.


Login to Pantheon Desktop Environment

Once you have restarted your desktop, you will arrive at your login screen.


First, you need to change and verify the desktop environment by clicking on the clog on the right-hand corner of the screen, and then you select “Pantheon” instead of the default “GNOME.”

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How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

First Look at Pantheon Desktop Environment

Once logged in, you will immediately notice many changes, including new wallpaper and a very sleek designed GUI that is still similar to GNOME but with a macOS look, given this is, after all, modeled from elementaryOS.

The first recommended option is to go to the “Themes” and select light or a dark theme if the default does not appeal to you, to do this you need to go into System Settings > Desktop > Appearance.

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How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

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How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

While the tutorial will not cover all the points of the Pantheon desktop environment, it has some sleek UI easy to change features such as icon menu options built into most windows.

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How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

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How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

Overall, you will need to be the judge, but the benefit is you can switch between desktop environments at no actual cost on most modern PC hardware when you feel like something new or a change.

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How to Install Pantheon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

And that’s it; you have installed the Pantheon Desktop on your Fedora 36 system. Be sure to check out the features in the settings menus, you can customize the desktop quite a lot, and it has different options for GNOME.

How to Update Pantheon DE Packages

Run the standard DNF update commands for future updates for the Pantheon desktop environment and any default DNF packages.

sudo dnf update

When updates are available, run the standard upgrade command as you would with any other DNF package.

sudo dnf upgrade

Ideally, you should use this command instead as the other methods are depreciated.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

How to Remove (Uninstall) Pantheon DE

Use the following terminal command for users who wish to remove the desktop environment.

sudo dnf group remove "Pantheon Desktop" -y

Once complete, reboot your system.


With Fedora alternative desktop installs, removing these mostly works well, but you may find some leftover applications or instabilities you need to fix yourself. Unless it is vital, it is recommended to keep alternative desktop environments rather than remove them.

Comments and Conclusion

The Pantheon desktop is explicitly designed for elementaryOS, so users who switch to Fedora and want to keep the feel and look of elemtaryOS may find this desktop environment very useful.


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