How to Remove “Unity” and Install Cinnamon and Mate Desktop in Ubuntu

Best Affordable Linux and WordPress Services For Your Business
Outsource Your Linux and WordPress Project and Get it Promptly Completed Remotely and Delivered Online.

If You Appreciate What We Do Here On TecMint, You Should Consider:

  1. Stay Connected to: Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus
  2. Subscribe to our email updates: Sign Up Now
  3. Get your own self-hosted blog with a Free Domain at ($3.45/month).
  4. Become a Supporter - Make a contribution via PayPal
  5. Support us by purchasing our premium books in PDF format.
  6. Support us by taking our online Linux courses

We are thankful for your never ending support.

Ravi Saive

I am Ravi Saive, creator of TecMint. A Computer Geek and Linux Guru who loves to share tricks and tips on Internet. Most Of My Servers runs on Open Source Platform called Linux. Follow Me: Twitter, Facebook and Google+

Your name can also be listed here. Got a tip? Submit it here to become an TecMint author.

RedHat RHCE and RHCSA Certification Book
Linux Foundation LFCS and LFCE Certification Preparation Guide

You may also like...

28 Responses

  1. Timy says:

    I was tried Unity Desktop and Ubuntu Mate before, but find it still difficult to use in many aspect, as I am a Windows User.

    Unit, ZorinOS: it’s desktop is very near the Windows XP or Win7, except that I still struggling with the Chinese Input Method
    -> if the Chinese Input Method setup problems are solved, ZorinOS SHALL be a near perfect replacement of WinXP &Win7 &Win10

  2. Ilya says:

    Better way is download the ubuntu-mini.iso and install, its a clean way. If you delete the unity and install other enviroment it can give you many error and problem with uncompibility in future.

  3. skahn says:

    i could not remove cinnamon after installing it on ubuntu mate 16.04. Each time i tried i get this:

    [email protected]:~$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
    Updating packages lists
    PPA to be removed: gwendal-lebihan-dev cinnamon-stable
    Warning: Could not find package list for PPA: gwendal-lebihan-dev

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Try these command to completely remove Cinnamon Desktop from Ubuntu system.

      $ sudo apt-get remove cinnamon
      $ sudo apt-get autoremove
  4. Klas Wirholm says:

    To recommend to install a nightly build is a very bad advice and to do it on top off Ubuntu with a desktop that was not in the distro and replace the desktop (remove unity) is even a badder advice.

  5. michiel says:

    I have no problems with Unity at all and I like 14.04 very much. I find it easy and convenient. I have tried the standard gnome interface but do not consider it an inprovement. If needed, it is easy to add the applications and places menus to Unity but I havent felt the need for that recently.

  6. Ahmed A. Alhaj says:

    I’m little bit confused :\ …

    How can I use ubuntu’s terminal and download Cinnamon or Mate if I had already removed Unity Interface Completely ????

    • Alpha Berry says:

      Use one of the TTY terminals. Press ctrl-alt-F1 to switch to a terminal. You’ll need your username/password. Then follow sudo apt-get install instructions.

      My advice would be to install Cinnamon and/or MATE _first_. For that matter, don’t worry about uninstalling Unity. Yes, Unity sucks rocks and that’s part of the reason why Mint has surpassed Ubuntu in popularity. However, it is fully supported by Canonical which means that bug fixes will be available for it. MATE and Cinnamon are built with Mint in mind, not Ubuntu. Yes, Mint is built on Ubuntu but there are some substantial differences, enough to break Cinnamon at times.

  7. Alben says:

    If you like Ubuntu and Cinnamon, you may as well just install Mint since it is just a customized version of Ubuntu (with DE’s other than Unity with extra stuff and a custom look) but the developer of Mint is also the developer of Cinnamon so the Mint install has the least “issues” of any Cinnamon install.

  8. James says:

    Hi, I followed the instructions above to install MATE on Ubuntu 14.10. However, I later decided to uninstall it, also following the above instructions. However, the MATE icon still appears at the login screen, and also, when I search the folders on my computer hundreds of MATE files are still present on the system, including many MATE applications. Are you able to suggest a way for me to completely remove the MATE desktop environment? Thanks.

  9. Bart Burroughs says:

    Unity is my main desktop, have used all desktops over the years including cinnamon and mate but they are not my favorites. used kde as my main desktop up until about a year ago. switched to Unity, switched off the Amazon plug-in in the dash and it works just fine, not slow and does not get in my way at all. A desktop environment is very personal and if anyone is reading this article trying to help them decide I would recommend you try each one out for a week or two and explore each ones features and see which one you prefer. there really is not a right or wrong answer it is all preference.

  10. Scott Jarvis says:

    I use both Ubuntu 14.10 and Linux Mint 17.1… Love them both. Unity gets in my way and slows my system down with the searching Amazon for every query I type in, so I use Cinnamon on Ubuntu. Best system ever! Cinnamon adds a drop down button that looks like the Windows Start button. All apps and programs are listed and it even has a search function, which I don’t use often because the list of programs is very complete. Cinnamon 2.4 has a rotating screen saver, configurable folders, and many other options which look great. My personal preference is to use Cairo Dock, configured to look like Apple OS. It’s great and everyone thinks I’m running Lion or whatever. Nope, just ordinary everyday linux. Compared to Windows 7, Mint and Ubuntu are fast (boot time is less than 45 seconds) easy to configure an fun to play with. The Synaptic Package Manager is filled with options, and overwhelming at first but with a little trial and error I found the perfect desktop for me. Good Luck and may the odds be always in your favor.

    • Alpha Berry says:

      To get rid of the Amazon tie in. Uninstall the Amazon script using the Ubuntu Software Centre. To disable searching the web go into System Settings -> Security & Privacy -> Search and turn it off (Ubuntu 14.10). Yes, Unity sucks rocks. It’s a shame that Canonical has done such a poor job of copying Mac OS X. They’ve taken a half-baked idea (the Dock) and made it even worse than anyone could imagine. The fixed menu at the top of the screen is also TERRIBLY implemented. Menus are hidden by a silly title, and, if you’re not zoomed to full screen you’ve got TWO titles. Whoever designed Unity needs to be barred from ever making UI decisions ever again and stick to hard core coding.

      • Spirit says:

        I agree with you exept for the fact that I will not recommend to “stick” the UI man to hard coding. Imagine how huge disaster he’ll be able to do. He already did a mess, just we let him go :-)

Got something to say? Join the discussion.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.