Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux 35

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 wanting to take the plunge into Linux.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 35 Workstation.


  • Recommended OS: Fedora Linux 35.
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
  • System Recommended Specifications:
    • 2GHZ Processor or higher.
    • 4GB of Ram or higher.
    • 30GB of Hard-Drive space or higher

Update Operating System

Update your Fedora operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.

To verify sudo status on your account:

sudo whoami

Example output showing sudo status:

[joshua@fedora ~]$ sudo whoami

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on Adding a User to Sudoers on Fedora.

To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.


Install Dependency Required

Before you proceed with the installation, run the following command to install or check that the package dnf-plugins-core is installed on your Fedora desktop.

sudo dnf install dnf-plugins-core -y

By default, this should be installed.

The tutorial will utilize the terminal, which can be found in your show applications menu.


Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 35

Important Notice Before Installation

For new users to Linux and novice users, before installing the DDE desktop environment, create backups or plans if you do not like it and want to roll back. Removing any Desktop Environment is challenging and will lead to system instabilities, and there are typically always remnant applications to remove, among other things.

Unless you have minimal system resources, having multiple desktop environments will not hinder your system. Often people have several and switch between, and it is advised to keep all the alternative desktop environments you install or reformat your system altogether.

Do not install the following desktop environment on your Fedora Workstation if this sounds too difficult or risky.

Install Pantheon on Fedora

The Pantheon Desktop Environment is featured in Fedora 35’s repositories making the installation relatively straightforward. To begin the installation, use the following command.

sudo dnf group install "Pantheon Desktop"

Example output:

Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 35

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed with the installation.

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.

sudo reboot

First Look & Verifying Pantheon DE

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 left-hand corner of the screen, and then you select “Pantheon” instead of the default “GNOME”.

Example (Click Image Expand):

Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 35

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.

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.

Example (Click Image Expand):

Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 35

And that’s it; you have installed the Pantheon Desktop on your Fedora 35 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 to 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"

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed with the removal.

Once complete, reboot your system.

sudo reboot

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

In the tutorial, you have successfully learned how to install the Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora 35.

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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