How to Install GNOME Classic in Ubuntu

How to Install GNOME Classic in Ubuntu


This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install old gnome classic desktop environment on Ubuntu Desktop. To follow this tutorial, you need to have the following requirements:

  • A computer with Ubuntu operating system installed.
  • Good internet connection to download the required software packages from the internet.
  • Basic knowledge of Ubuntu terminal. With basic I mean, how to open a terminal on Ubuntu and how to execute commands. 

Step 1: First open the terminal of your Ubuntu operating system. You can open your terminal by pressing Control, Alt and T at the same time. You can also go to the Unity dashboard and search by the keyword “Terminal” and click on the terminal. Or you can right click on the Desktop and click on “Open Terminal”.

Step 2: Now it’s time to update the repository information of your Ubuntu operating system. The repository is updated frequently, so if you have an old repository database on your Ubuntu system, you will end up installing an old version of VLC media player. Because your Ubuntu operating system won’t have any idea that there is new VLC media player packages available. Run the following command and press enter,

“sudo apt-get update”


It will prompt you for your password. Type in your user password and press Enter.


Package repository update will start automatically. Wait for it to finish, it will take some time if it’s the first time you’re running this command.

Step 3: Once it’s complete. Run the following command and press Enter.
“sudo apt-get install gnome-panel”


Press y and press Enter.


The installation should begin. Now let it finish. It might take a while depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Step 4: Once it’s completed, Log out of your user account. Before login in, click on the icon on the right as marked on the screenshot.


Select “GNOME Flashback (Metacity)” from the list.


Now type in your password and press Enter.


Step 5: You will see gnome classic desktop as shown in the screenshot.


That’s how you install gnome classic desktop environment on modern Ubuntu operating system.