Install Linux Deepin 12.12 Desktop Manager on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Linux Deepin is an Ubuntu based Chinese (Also available in English) Linux distribution that bundled with its own elegant and easy to use Desktop Environment and with other integrated beautiful unique applications, which polishes overall look and feel of Linux Deepin. It is available as standalone distribution so you can download and install it on your systems.

`Linux Deepin Desktop

Linux Deepin Desktop

If you don’t interested in removing or formatting your current installation of Ubuntu or Mint to install Linux Deepin from scratch. Here is guide that shows you how to install only Linux Deepin Desktop Manager to achieve some look and feel of Deepin Desktop.

Installing Linux Deepin Desktop Manager

Open a terminal by doing “Ctr+Alt+T” and add the Deepin repository to your system by executing the following commands.

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb raring main non-free universe" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb-src raring main non-free universe" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

Download and Import Public GPG key to authenticate packages come from Deepin repository. To do so, execute the following commands.

$ wget
$ gpg --import deepin-keyring.gpg
$ sudo gpg --export --armor 209088E7 | sudo apt-key add -

Next, Update the system local repository packages index.

$ sudo apt-get update

Finally, install the Linux Deepin desktop environment.

$ sudo apt-get install dde-meta-core

The install process might take long time, depending on your Internet and System speed. It download bunch of files to your system, so please be patient while the Linux Deepin Desktop manager installed by the package manager.

Additionally, you can also install some other add-ons such as Deepin Software Center, Music Player and Settings Panel. To do so, run the following command.

$ sudo apt-get install python-deepin-gsettings deepin-music-player deepin-software-center

Once the installation process completes, you may restart or logout from the current session and select the new Deepin Desktop Environment from the login screen.

Linux Deepin Login Selection

Login Selection

Linux Deepin Desktop

Login Screen – LightDM Greeter
Linux Deepin Login Greeter

Login Greeter

Application Launcher
Linux Deepin Application Launcher

Application Launcher

Software Center
Software Center

Software Center

System Settings
Linux Deepin System Settings

System Settings

Please aware, installing Linux Deepin Environment will not give you a full Deepin experience. Applications such as Nautilus will remain same, but still this is the recommended way to gain the some experience of Deepin without installing it from the scratch.

If you’re looking to install fresh Deepin Desktop from the scratch in your system, you can download English ISO images for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems by following below links.

Download Linux Deepin 12.12
  1. deepin_12.12.1_en_final_i386.iso1.1 GB
  2. deepin_12.12.1_en_final_amd64.iso1.2 GB
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10 Responses

  1. roberto says:

    Good Day, is possible install Deepin desktop with this instructions on Linux mint 18.3 cinnamon ? thanks.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      I don’t think so, because this article is old and the new version is Deepin 15.5. Give me a day to update this article with latest instructions to install Deepin Desktop on recent releases of Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

  2. Clay Knight says:

    After 15 years of Linux use, I LOVE Linux Deepin. I started when Mandriva was Mandrake, moved to SuSE (now OpenSuSE,) to Ubuntu, to PCLOS, to Mint, and now here I am on Deepin. Feels much more polished than anything I’ve used before and it’s only getting better.

    This isn’t to try and get you to switch distros, much like attempting to convince a Windows or Mac user to come over to Linux, it’s not what I do. What works for you works for you. But, if anything, at least install VirtualBox or something and download the ISO and give it a try, or use Unetbootin to make a LiveUSB stick and play around. It’s WELL worth it!

  3. ranggadablues says:

    Hi, how to bring back linux deepin desktop?
    was I did resize the partition in root, after that I cannot go into desktop only stuck at login screen.

    Then wen I try to login it’s back again into login screen.

    I try to fixed, and finally I can login. But, I only see home icon, nautilus icon. My cursor only cross appear, no taskbar.

    Please help me to get my desktop linux deepin back

    Thank in advance :)

  4. Jasmin Haria says:

    I tried to install DDE in ubuntu 12.04 lts 32 bit. but i get the following error and it does not install. please let me know if I am doing anything wrong.

    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    “The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    dde-meta-core : Depends: session-migration but it is not installable
    Depends: deepin-desktop-environment but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: deepin-desktop-environment-plugins but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: deepin-session-fastup but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: deepin-system-tray but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.”

    Thank You,
    Jasmin Haria

  5. Demetris says:

    How I can remove this from Ubuntu?

    • Ravi Saive says:

      To remove Linux Deepin from Ubuntu, use the following command.

      $ sudo apt-get remove dde-meta-core
      • Demetris says:

        I already try that! But with out any luck… After downloading that Desktop Manager my software center does not respond at all. I also try to remove the default Desktop Manager “Unity” and try to install it again from the begging, but again with out any luck. I get so, that I need to try, the following command.

        $ sudo apt-get remove dde-meta-core*

        Thanks for the reply anyway.

      • Mauro says:

        Hi, I had problems with Deepin Desktop Environment installed on Ubuntu 13.04

        At some point the lsb-release had been changed to Linux Deepin 12.12, to me it seams a little bit invasive. [was it some script by Deepin ?]

        I wanted to try DDE, and not to get Deepin Distribution, I’ll give it a try when is more compatible with pre existing enviroment.

        Are there some other commands to completely remove DDE?


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