How to install UKUI on different Linux distributions?

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Ubuntu is a well-known Linux distribution and it really is very difficult that someone who is in the world of Linux has not only heard about it.

This Linux distribution has a lot of flavors (based on Ubuntu) of which each has a different desktop environment than the one used by Ubuntu.

Such is the case of the Ubuntu version destined for the Middle East Ubuntu Kylin which has a desktop environment called UKUI.

kylin It is a version of Ubuntu for China and the Chinese market. The goal of this environment is to make a Linux operating system that looks a lot like Microsoft Windows.

Which reaches the market in that country as a solution to Windows, since as many will know it is a country that almost has its doors closed for Windows with some exceptions.

Day Today we are going to know how to obtain this desktop environment that more than one has liked.

How to install UKUI on Ubuntu 18.04 and derivatives?

As of Ubuntu 18.04, UKUI and the rest of Kylin's resources are available through all major software sources.

To install the UKUI desktop environment in Ubuntu and derivatives, we will have to open a terminal. In it we are going to execute the following commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade -y

Finally, to install the UKUI desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04 and derivatives we must type the following:

sudo apt install ukui-control-center ukui-desktop-environment ukui-desktop-environment-core ukui-desktop-environment-extras ukui-indicators ukui-media ukui-media-common ukui-menu ukui-menus ukui-panel ukui-panel-common ukui-power-manager ukui-power-manager-common ukui-screensaver ukui-screensaver-common ukui-session-manager ukui-settings-daemon ukui-settings-daemon-common ukui-settings-daemon-dev ukui-themes ukui-window-switch -y

How to install UKUI on Debian?

In the case of Debian and systems based on it, we have to do something similar even though we do not need to install too many packages.

In our system we must open a terminal and update the packages, we do this with:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade -y [/ sourcecode]

Finally, now it is enough to type the following to install the environment on our system:

sudo apt-get install ukui * libukui * ukwm

How to install UKUI on Arch Linux and derivatives?

Arch Linux has the UKUI desktop environment available in the AUR repositories. To install it, open a terminal and type the following command

yay -S ukui-desktop

With this, it will ask us to accept and if we want to install all the dependencies of this. We accept and we must wait for the installation to finish for a while.


Another method of installing in Arch first we install support for git

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

We download the following:

git clone git clone

cd ukui-desktop

Now with it We are going to generate an installable UKUI package for Arch Linux with the makepkg command.

makepkg -si


If the script runs successfully, now we run the command:


Finally we can install with the following command:

sudo make install

Esto It may be a bit longer, so I recommend you take it easy and enjoy the time how long it takes to do another activity.

A problem that can occur is that the dependencies are not compiled or installed correctly, so you may have to carry out this process by hand.

How to install UKUI on Linux?

For all other Linux distributions the installation process is the same as the compilation of this within Arch Linux, so you must download the source code of this from its space in Git Hub.

Or if you have the support for git installed in your distro you must type:

git clone git clone

We enter the newly downloaded directory:

cd ukui-desktop

Now done this we are going to execute the following command:


Finally we must compile with:


And if everything was built correctly, we can install the desktop environment with:

sudo make install

At the end of the process, it is enough for us to close our current user session to be able to start with the new desktop environment installed on our system.

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  1.   anselher said

    NEGATIVE! installation error in ubuntu 18.04

  2.   Enrique said

    I managed to install it but the programs worked fatally